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Grants and Funding

One of the core missions of the Provost’s Office is to support Wake Forest University faculty in their research and scholarly endeavors. In support of this mission, a number of funding opportunities are available through the Provost’s Office. To download a summary of these resource opportunities and to learn more about funds offered by the Provost’s Office and other offices on campus, click here.

The Nathan and Julie Hatch Prize for Academic Excellence

The Provost’s Office announces a faculty development award to support a week of research and writing from June 28 to July 5, 2015, at the Summer Research Institute conducted by Harris Manchester at Oxford University.  All room and board expenses, as well as transportation, will be covered.  All faculty from the Undergraduate College, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, the Schools of Business, Divinity, Medical and Law Schools are eligible to apply.  Thomas Frank and Sam Gladding, the most recent past winners of the Prize, would be happy to answer any questions about the program.  Please submit a CV and a letter of intent describing the applicant’s current research project by February 27, 2015 to Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost, 204 Reynolda Hall. A schedule and information about last year’s stay at Harris Manchester College can be found here.

The Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation

The Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation is designed to promote innovation in the curriculum or the learning environment. This fund places special emphasis on new or creative ways to use the curriculum or the learning environment to advance Wake Forest’s three core academic priorities: (1) building the best faculty of teacher-scholars in the world, (2) bringing the right students and mix of students to Wake Forest and supporting them appropriately while they are here, and (3) creating a vibrant campus with the kind of intellectual climate that capitalizes fully on our many opportunities for faculty-student engagement. Click here for specific guidelines. Completed applications should be submitted to Lynn Sutton.

Chambers Fund

The Chambers Fund is designed to provide a source of funding for projects and courses that encourage undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as faculty, in entrepreneurial activities using the Internet or electronic commerce. Typical awards range from $1,500 to $10,000. For more information, please visit the Chambers website

Faculty/Student Engagement Fund

The Faculty/Student Engagement Fund reimburses faculty members who host students outside of the classroom. All members of the undergraduate faculties may be reimbursed for up to $125 per class or $8 per student, whichever is less. Lower division advisers may use this fund to treat their group of advisees once a semester. To access the Faculty/Student Engagement Fund, simply submit a completed Expenditure Voucher listing the date of the event, the amount of reimbursement desired and the number of students involved, along with original receipts to Barbara Meredith, Financial Analyst (336) 758.3142.

Faculty/Student Lunch Program

Faculty eating lunch with undergraduate students on the meal plan may dine for free in the Fresh Food Company and the Magnolia Room. In order to participate in the program, present the Lunch Program Card to the cashier. All questions should be directed to Barbara Meredith, Financial Analyst, at or (336) 758-3142.

Pilot Research Grants (PRG)

Pilot Research Grants (PRG) provide seed funds to develop new proposals deemed likely to attract external funding. They primarily support recently appointed faculty; those entering a new research area in which they do not have significant external funding; and scholarly work in disciplines in which external support is limited. In all cases, the goal is to submit a proposal for external funding.  Funds up to $10K can be requested for research supplies, maintenance of essential equipment, travel, or technical personnel. Applicants must demonstrate that travel, if budgeted, is essential to the project, and a departmental matching contribution or cost sharing to cover some of the travel costs is encouraged. Defrayal of professional society dues is not allowed.  The project period is 1 year, with the possibility of a 1-year, no-cost extension.  Full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty and research support staff with adjunct faculty appointments on the Reynolda campus may apply. Nontenure-track faculty may be considered, if their appointments continue through the award year. The fall deadline is the third Friday in October, and the spring deadline is the third Friday in February.

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Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel

The Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel provides supplementary travel support for faculty participating in an academic conference, a diversity and inclusion event, or other select professional events by presenting or discussing a paper/film/project or chairing a session. The intent of the fund is not merely attendance at a conference.

Awards are available to all full time faculty in all schools and colleges. Approval by the department chair or dean is required.

The department chair or dean may recommend use of these funds for other non-conference research related travel. Faculty members will be required to provide a brief description of research related travel.

This is not a competitive fund and every effort will be made to reimburse eligible expenses. To ensure that funding is available, faculty should submit the Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel Form to the Provost’s Office by March 1. Faculty will be notified by March 15th if funding is not available. Submissions received after March 1 will be subject to funding availability.

Since this is supplementary travel support, departmental funds should be exhausted before requesting funding from the Provost Office. The Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel is limited to $1,000 per academic year for College and Library faculty. Faculty in the professional schools are eligible for a match of up to $500 per academic year.

Funding for National/International Prestigious Seminars and Conferences

Under this fund the Provost will also try to fund some applications each year to attend nationally or internationally prestigious topical faculty seminars, conferences, institutes or workshops which are clearly designed to benefit both teaching and research through a group discussion format. Some examples of these types of programs that address teaching and research are:

  1. Wye Faculty Seminar at the Aspen Institute ( includes the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Society seminars)
  2. NEH summer institutes
  3. National Academy of Sciences: Sackler Colloquia; Kavli Frontiers of Science; Keck Futures Initiative

Proposals for this type of support should use the Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel Form cover page plus a one-page description of how the travel will benefit both a faculty member’s teaching and research roles. A budget for tuition and travel should be included. Requests for this type of support are unlikely to be funded more than once every 5 years for an individual faculty member. Requests should be submitted by March 1, and notification will be sent upon approval.

Contact Barbara Meredith, Financial Assistant, for more information. (336) 758.3142.

  • Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel Form-COLLEGE and LIBRARY: (PDF)
  • Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel Form-PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS: (PDF)

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence

The Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence provides 2:1 matching grants of up to $10,000 for endeavors that showcase and reinforce Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideal. Priority is given to proposals that facilitate cross-disciplinary intellectual engagement between faculty and students and those that recognize the academic excellence of our faculty and develop scholarly themes and emerging academic and pedagogical issues. Funding can be spread over one or two years. The fund will provide a match for speakers, workshops, artists-in-residence, tutorial grants and conferences that facilitate intellectual community at Wake Forest University by supporting research, teaching, curricular development and/or creativity. The deadlines for application are October 1 and April 1. Application form: (PDF)

Provost’s Grant for Academic Excellence

Provost’s Grant for Academic Excellence provides 2:1 matching grants up to $1,500 that support small scholarly, pedagogical and creative efforts that facilitate academic excellence and intellectual community at Wake Forest University. Faculty are invited to submit a 2 page proposal that: describes the actual project and its intellectual significance; details anticipated participants and commitments already secured; and explains goals and expected outcomes. The proposal must be signed by the dean and the applicant’s chair if submitted from a College faculty member. There is no deadline for this application process; awards will be made on a rolling basis. For more information contact Lynn Sutton, (336) 758.3852.

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus

The Fund will provide 2:1 matching funds of up to $5,000 for speakers, artists, or performers whose visit to Wake Forest will help foster a vibrant campus and facilitate the intellectual and creative community at Wake Forest University. Any event supported by this fund should be open to students, staff, faculty, and the larger Winston-Salem community. Click here for specific guidelines. To receive more information or to submit a completed proposal, please contact Lynn Sutton, (336) 758.3852.

Summer Grants for Exploration of Educational Technology

The Office of the Provost and the Office of the Dean of the College are pleased to announce a joint grant program that will expand the support for those Reynolda campus faculty wishing to explore technology-enhanced teaching and learning or technology-enhanced scholarly or creative work.  This program will provide funding for faculty summer projects to explore new technologies with the potential to enhance faculty work. These summer projects constitute the exploratory phase of a program to identify and develop innovative techniques in teaching, learning, scholarly and creative work.
Successful proposals will:

  • identify an academic problem or goal and technology to be explored and identify an appropriate (and justified) technology-enhanced solution to the problem and outline a plan for exploration of how well the technology solves the problem.
  • describe support staff involved as well as their responsibilities.
  • describe the resources required and the required budget. describe feasibility, given the resources.
  • make efficient use of already available resources (if applicable).
  • demonstrate extensibility to other courses or academic applications in the University.

 For more information, please contact Lynn Sutton, (336) 758-3852.