Summer Research Grants

The purpose of this program is to provide faculty with time to engage in projects that will result in significant advancement of their professional development and field of research, scholarly or creative work. The Research Advisory Committee makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research, and periodically reviews policies for awarding grants.


  • Faculty applicants must be employed by WWU for the current academic year and have a contract (or formal agreement of employment with the university) for the academic year following the grant period.
  • Priority will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members.
  • Priority will be given to quality applications of faculty who have not received the award in the previous two-year period.
  • If the award would immediately follow or precede professional leave, it should be clarified in the proposal what will be accomplished during the summer, as distinct from the project undertaken or to be undertaken during the professional leave.
  • Faculty may not receive this award in consecutive years.
  • Faculty members in their first year are not eligible as the university offers identical summer support to first year faculty.
  • Faculty members may not receive a Summer Teaching Grant and a Summer Research Grant concurrently.
  • All Summer appointments combined may not exceed 100% effort.

Evaluation of Proposals

Research Grants are awarded for research, scholarly or artistic/creative endeavors, but not for the development of curricular materials. Based upon campus feedback the faculty on the Research Advisory Committee created the rubric below to evaluate proposals for Summer Research Grants beginning in the Fall of 2014. A successful grant proposal will have convincing answers to as many of the criteria as possible and as appropriate (listed in the rubric below).

Criteria Evaluation




Clarity, completeness, and strength of statement of need/problem/creative activity




Opportunity for advancing professional scholarship of the faculty member




Likely impact on discipline/students/community




Suitability/feasibility of methods, staffing  and timeline




Clarity and feasibility of endpoints (publication/performance/display/seeking external funding, etc.)





The committee also considers the recommendations of the Chair and the Dean in its evaluation.

General Guidelines

Applicants should not assume that the reviewers are familiar with the details of their scholarly work and should offer sufficient background information to assist the reviewers. In addition, applicants must indicate if the activity can be accomplished during the summer. If the activity cannot be completed during the summer, then applicants must demonstrate that there is other support to sustain the continuation of the scholarship over the year.



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