Faculty Funding Opportunities

  • 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. The first deadline is October 1, the second deadline is April 1.

  • 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. The first deadline is October 1, the second deadline is April 1.

  • 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. There is no deadline for this application process; awards will be made on a rolling basis.

  • Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus

    The Vibrant Campus 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.

  • International Faculty Funding Opportunities

    Funds for International Scholars

    Limited funding is awarded for the fall and spring semesters to support linkages between Wake Forest University and International Scholars. 

    Funds for an International Conference

    Limited funding is awarded for the fall, spring or summer to support an international conference or colloquium.  The event should focus on global issues, bringing together scholars with an interdisciplinary and international perspective.

  • Research Grants

    Pilot Research Grants (PRG)

    These are single investigator funds for up to $10,000 and the primary purpose is to provide the scholar with support to gather preliminary data to make an external proposal competitive. Proposals are reviewed by the Research Advisory Council, a group of faculty from each Division in the College as well as representatives from each professional school and
    the Graduate School.

    The fall deadline is the third Friday in October, and the spring deadline is the third Friday in February.

    Collaborative Pilot Grants (CPG)

    One call for proposals per year, at the beginning of March. These are multi-investigator funds for up to $20,000 and the primary purpose is to provide the scholars with support to gather preliminary data to make an external proposal competitive. This must include a collaborator from the Medical School or from outside of WFU.

  • 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.

    To ensure that funding is available, faculty should submit the appropriate Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel Form (College and Library) or Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel Form (Professional Schools) to the Office of the Provost by March 1. Faculty will be notified by March 15 if funding is not available. Submissions received after March 1 will be subject to funding availability.

  • Slavery, Race, and Memory Project Grant Funding

    The Slavery, Race, and Memory Project

    is a project designed to guide the research, preservation, and communication accurately depicting the institution of slavery in the United States, and the University’s relationship to slavery and its implications across WFU’s history.

    Faculty Course Enhancement Grant
    The SRMP will award grants to support University faculty to enrich existing courses that examine universities and their relationship to slavery and enslaved persons. These grants will also support courses that examine the role that universities played during the Jim Crow era and relationships between universities and their neighboring communities in the modern era.

    Campus-wide Engagement Grant
    The SRMP will award grants for students, staff, and faculty to develop and host programs, mini-symposia, lectures, and other opportunities on campus related to the mission of the project. The goal would be to spur collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that would pilot new ways of integrating scholarly research related to slavery, race, and memory into campus life and culture, as well as inspire more students and faculty to become interested in these subject areas.

    Please note: Applications must be received 4 weeks prior to event and/or program date to be considered.

  • Program for Leadership and Character Grants

    Program for Leadership and Character Grants
    With the support of a completely external grant from the Lilly Endowment and the Kern Family Foundation, the Program for Leadership and Character is offering a variety of grants to support faculty and departments who wish to promote character development and/or character-centered leadership development, broadly understood. Grants are available for faculty and departments in the College and Professional Schools.

    Departmental Grants

    Departmental grants (up to $3,000) provide funds for an academic department, program, or school to engage leadership and character creatively with faculty, students, and staff. These one-year grants could support a variety of activities, including but not limited to:

    Grant recipients should plan to submit grant reports on or before June 30, 2024.

    Course Development and Redesign Grants:
    Course development and redesign grants support individual faculty in the College or Professional Schools who are interested in integrating character development and/or character-centered leadership development into their disciplinary or interdisciplinary offerings.

    Grants are available in two forms:

    • Course Development Grants ($4,000) to develop a new course
    • Course Redesign Grants ($1,000) to redesign a course or develop a new course module or unit

    An online application for this grant will open in spring of 2023.