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Internal Funding Opportunities for Faculty

2021 Faculty Scholarship and Research Opportunities

The Faculty Scholarship and Research Opportunities comprise of five different funding opportunities sponsored by the Office of Research. Each opportunity is open to all full-time faculty. Faculty are invited to apply to any of the different opportunities but can only expect to receive one award.

Each opportunity is described below with links to individual pages where you can download guidelines on the requirements for each proposal, proposal templates and details of our online submission process.

You can request funds for research supplies, summer salary, travel or course release. Each proposal must be signed by your chair and dean. You will also need to convert the entire proposal into a single PDF for submission, so please ensure that you have the ability to do this ahead of the submission deadline. For your reference we have prepared a biosketech template (PDF).

Bridge Fund Award

The Bridge Fund Award is designed to support faculty who submit competitive proposals to external granting agencies or foundations.

Proposal submission guidelines and template (PDF)

Application deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021

Learn about the 2020 Bridge Fund Award winners

Covid-19 Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award

We are seeking to integrate faculty expertise across disciplines and from each of the six schools at Pace University. The goal of this grant program is to seed new research in an interdisciplinary manner. The program requires the research be collaborative to maximize novel and creative thinking about every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic. We envision this program to be a forum for studying societal responses to the current crisis, recovery, resilience, and the reimagining of our lives and work.

Proposal submission guidelines and template (PDF)

Download additional Co-PI signature page (PDF)

Application deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021

Learn about the 2020 Covid-19 Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award Winners

Book and Performance Completion Award

We invite proposals from faculty who are working creative projects they are developing into publishable book manuscripts or performances. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to full-time faculty at any Pace University school to develop or complete a project. This program welcomes applications for projects that in the developmental stage as well as for projects that are nearing completion.

Proposal submission guidelines and template (PDF)

Application deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

Learn about the 2020 Book and Performance Completion award winners

Classroom Based Research Experiences Award

The Pace University Office of Research is offering grants for innovative ideas to incorporate original, authentic research projects into the undergraduate curriculum. For the purposes of this competition, authentic research is defined as a plan for seeking answers to a research question for which the outcome is unknown. The research question should be based on the expertise of the PI, and should involve the development of new avenues of inquiry. Projects can be implemented into new or existing courses but must incorporate a researchable aim.

Proposal submission guidelines and template (PDF)

Application deadline: Friday, March 12, 2021

Learn about the 2020 Classroom Based Research Experiences award winners

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Pedagogical Research Award

This funding opportunity supports faculty who collaborate across disciplines to create Learning Communities (LC) that provide interdisciplinary learning experiences for students at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Recognized by the American Association of Colleges and Universities as a high impact practice, LCs encourage integration of learning across courses and engage students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom. Students take two or more linked courses in a single semester as a group and work closely with one another and with their professors.

Proposals can be submitted by faculty seeking to refine an existing LC or by faculty proposing the development of a new LC. While LCs at Pace typically focus on first-year students, this funding opportunity supports the integration of courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Proposal Submission Guidleines and Template (PDF)

Application deadline: Friday, March 26, 2021

Learn about the 2020 Interdisciplinary Research award winners


Open Educational Resources (OER) Alternative Textbook Grants
Faculty is invited to apply for grants in researching and creating Open Educational Resources (OER) to be used in a class beginning in the Spring, Summer or Fall 2021 semester.

OER are defined as high-quality curricular materials that are free to students and “open” to use by faculty with no copyright limitations. Information on OER can be found on Pace's OER website. Faculty can also email Sue Maxam, Ed.D. to be put in contact with a member of the OER team from the library for assistance with identifying course materials and to answer any questions you have about OER.

Student Technology Fee Proposals
Pace University assesses a Technology Fee to ensure students have access to the latest instructional technology resources available. The fee is earmarked for instructional technologies to keep Pace up to date with the technology needed for today’s teaching and learning methodologies. All revenue generated from the technology fee goes directly towards funding instructional technology initiatives.

A committee comprised of students and IT representatives from each school will review proposals and vote to select discretionary initiatives receiving funding each year, with annual reports to be provided to the Pace community.

Students are encouraged to submit their own funding proposal to the Student Technology Fee Committee. All timely submissions will be evaluated and considered at the next Student Technology Fee Committee Meeting.


Wilson Center Faculty Fellows
The Wilson Center aims to build a diverse portfolio of research projects with a focus on the identification and analysis of immediate issues facing nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and social enterprises. To that end, the Center invites Pace University faculty members to apply for appointments as 2020-2021 Wilson Center Fellows. Fellows will serve a 1-year term (October through September). During that time, Wilson Fellows will work on specific projects (case studies and academic research are strongly preferred, interdisciplinary work is encouraged) that support the Center's mission and goals. In return, scholars will receive a $5,000 award paid in two installments. The initial installment in the amount of $2,500 will be paid upon appointment. The final payment in the amount of $2,500 will be paid when the final deliverable paper has been accepted by the committee (no later than September 2021) and the fellow has completed a Wilson Center Brown Bag Lunch Research Seminar or similar research showcase on campus. Fellows may reapply after a 4-year hiatus including the award year.


Scholarly Research

New York City
Scholarly research applications for either release time or research expenses are available on the NYFC's Faculty forms webpage.

  • Fall due date: FIRST Wednesday of October (October 7, 2020)
  • Spring due date: February 24, 2021
  • Send completed form via Echosign to your Chair, followed by your Dean, followed by the Chair of the SRC to Zafir Buraei.

Applicants should allow time for signatures in their planning. All applications must arrive to the SRC before the deadline.