Funding Opportunities for Instructors

Seth Trotter Essay Contest

Have you used books, manuscripts, periodicals and other ephemera from Special Collections in your academic research? Have you had that research published by a peer reviewed journal?

If so, enter the 2020 Seth Trotter Special Collections Essay Contest for a chance to win up to $1,000! The contest is supported by the Friends of the University of Delaware Library. All entries must be received by May 22, 2020.

CTAL and Library OER Grants

In partnership with the UD Library, Museums and Press, funding is available to support up to two proposals that seek to address the rising cost of course materials through use of open textbooks and open educational resources. Individual faculty members or groups who wish to transition a course from a commercial textbook to an OER textbook that maintains high quality education and is more affordable (or free) to students are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for OER grant submissions is Monday April 6, 2020.

UD ADVANCE Institute Leadership Mini-grants

The NSF-funded UD ADVANCE Institute awards mini-grants on a proposal basis to support leadership-development opportunities for women faculty. Mini-grants are intended to encourage mentoring, networking, and leadership training especially for women faculty in STEM and the social sciences.

Humanities for STEM: 21st Century Approaches & Collections-Based Courses

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center (IHRC) is to: 1) strengthen faculty research and creative activity while also enhancing its integration into the curriculum; 2) support initiatives involving multidisciplinary research teams, both within the university as well as with external partners; and 3) foster intellectual community and public engagement.

The IHRC 2020-2021 grant cycle includes two calls for proposals. Completed applications will be due January 15, 2020.



Partnership for Arts & Culture Small Grants for Faculty

The Partnership for Arts & Culture mini-grant program provides up to $4,000 for collaborative projects involving the university and community partners focused on societal issues in Delaware through an arts and culture approach. A requirement of the grant is an inclusion of significant involvement with community partners.

Projects may consider solutions to challenging health, education and social issues through arts and culture. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged but not required. The projects may be classified as engaged research/creative activities, or service. 

PAC Small Grant Application for projects to be completed during 2020 was due November 4, 2019.  The 2021 project cycle is expected to be announced in fall 2020. 

Institute for Global Studies Scholarships & Funding for Faculty

In support of its mission, the UD Institute for Global Studies offers a variety of scholarship and funding opportunities to both students and faculty. In addition, IGS serves as the home of advising for competitive U.S. Department of State international scholarships, including the Boren Awards, Critical Language Scholarships, Gilman Scholarships and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Find out more at the IGS Scholarships & Funding for Faculty web site.

Career Services Center Faculty & Staff Career Innovation Grant

The Career Services Center Faculty & Staff Career Innovation Grant (FSCIG) provides funding for UD faculty and staff to create professional and career development activities for their students. Funding is provided to offset costs associated with infusing career-related materials and/or experiences into existing or new class curricula and/or departmental, program or school-based initiatives. Applications are currently being accepted for 2018-2019.

General Research Grant Opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities available to Researchers at the University of Delaware. Funding opportunities for sponsored research are available to UD-eligible principal investigators from a variety of federal and state agencies and private foundations.

Community Engagement Initiative

The Community Engagement Initiative is dedicated to facilitating scholarly engagement that crosses the missions of teaching, research/creative activities, and service.

Find out more at the Small Grant Opportunities for Faculty web page.


Need Help?

The University of Delaware Library provides access to several funding databases and offers workshops and individual consultations to faculty seeking grants. The Library is a partner of Candid’s Funding Information Network, which has more than 400 locations throughout the world. Candid also provides a great page on proposal development and writing that includes online tutorials and webinars, sample documents, frequently asked questions, and more. For more information visit UD’s libguide for grants or contact Reference & Instructional Services Librarian Alison Wessel.

Have questions about this page?

For your convenience, this page brings together on-campus funding resources for those who teach at the University of Delaware. Please contact the sponsoring unit for any questions about the opportunities listed.

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