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​​University Research Grants

Scholarly and Creative Work Grants 2016 Application Information for funding in February 2017

**NOTE: If you received a past grant (Scholarly or WRI) and have an outstanding final report that has not been submitted to the AAVP-Research Office, you are not eligible to apply until final report is received.

These grants are intended to encourage and support scholarly and creative work by full-time BYU faculty in CFS-track positions. They are not intended as awards and will not be recognized at the Annual University Conference. These grants will be awarded based on review by a faculty panel for each area of interest. These funds may not be used for faculty salaries.

Any area of scholarship or creative work is eligible for support. Special emphasis will be given to work in the following five broad areas of particular interest to the University and to the Church. The maximum amount of each award will be $25,000 and funds will carry over one additional year (2017 and 2018).
Please apply for only one.

1. Eliza R. Snow Grant – offers support in bringing LDS perspectives to the academic disciplines, or in expressing LDS perspectives in creative work.
2. David O. McKay Grant – offers support for improving teaching across all disciplines consistent with the aims of a BYU Education. (See Aims of a BYU Education)
3. John A. Widtsoe Grant – offers support for innovative research or creative work that enhances the quality of life.
4. J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Grant – offers support for work that increases the influence of the gospel principles in public life.
5. Emmeline B. Wells Grant – offers support for research and creative work with a focus on contexts and issues related to women’s lives.

Application must include:

1. Cover sheet (download here)
2. Curriculum Vitae (no more than 5 pages)
3. Two letters of support - one from the Dean or Associate Dean, and one from your Department Chair, either attached to application, or sent to chadra@byu.edu or A-376 ASB (must be received by deadline).
4. Description of the project (no more than 3 pages)
5. Detailed budget in the areas of supplies, travel and/or student wages

Deadline for Application: Monday, October 31, 2016

Submit by email to Chadra Poulson (chadra@byu.edu) in the Office of Associate Academic Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.
Notification of awards will be made in December, 2016.

A final report will be required at the end of the project period no later than April 30, 2019. Submit to chadra@byu.edu. It should report on the accomplishments during the term of the grant, the current status of the project and how the budget was expended. If final report is not submitted, application for another scholarly grant will not be accepted until report is received.

Evaluations of proposals will be based on the following areas:

1. Application guidelines are followed correctly.
2. Strength of focus on contexts and issues related to chosen Scholarly Grant area.
3. Strength of proposal’s research, creative plan, and/or reasonable methodologies.
4. Strength of outcome of research for publishing or creative products in investigator’s field.
5. Strength of proposed budget to meet overall objectives.


Women's Research Initiatives Grants

2016 Application Information for funding in February 2017

Request for Proposals
Note: If you received a past grant (Scholarly or WRI) and have an outstanding final report that has not been submitted to the AAVP-Research Office, you are not eligible to apply until report is received.

These grants are intended for full-time BYU faculty in CFS-track positions to support research and creative work focusing on women. The maximum amount of each award will be $5000 and the money must be spent during 2017 calendar year. Funds may not be used for faculty salary.

Application should include:

  • Cover sheet (download here)
  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than 5 pages)
  • Signatures indicating support from the Dean and Department Chair on the Cover Sheet (NO letters of recommendation needed)
  • Description of the project (no more than 3 pages)
  • Detailed budget in the area of supplies, travel, and/or student wages
  • Deadline for Application: Monday, October 31, 2016

    Submit by email to chadra@byu.edu in the Office of Associate Academic Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

    A final report will be required at the end of the project period no later than April 30, 2018. It should report on the accomplishments during the term of the grant, the current status of the project, and how the budget was expended. If final report is not submitted, application for another WRI will not be accepted until report is received.

    Evaluation of proposals will be based on the following areas:

    1. Application guidelines are followed correctly.

    2. Strength of focus on contexts and issues related to women.

    3. Strength of proposal’s research, creative plan, and/or reasonable methodologies.

    4. Strength of outcome of research for publishing or creative products in investigator’s field.

    5. Strength of proposed budget to meet overall objectives.

    Mentored Environment Grants

    Click here to learn about MEG funding opportunities: Mentoring Environment Grants

    Religious Studies Research Grants

    BYU’s Religious Studies Center provides an annual competition for a limited number of significant research awards in support of scholarship that relates to the mission of BYU’s Religious Studies Center.  This includes research on the restored Church in relation to other cultures, religions, and the behavioral sciences, as well as the study of the on-going history of the Church and its doctrines, the early Christian church, and the content and contexts of Latter-day Saint standard works (including the Holy Bible).  The RSC also seeks to improve inter-faith relations and gospel instruction.

    Preference is given to applications from full-time professors, although applications from adjunct faculty with a productive record of scholarship will be considered. 

    Funding levels depend upon the nature of the project and the number of applications received.  Grant funds may be used for travel, supplies, and student wages.  The deadline for applications is every 15 October for funding in the following calendar year.  Applicants will be notified by 15 November.  Funding will be dispersed the following January and must be spent during the calendar year for which funding is provided.

    RSC funding is granted with the understanding that an emailed summary report on RSC monies spent and the project’s progress will be submitted by grant recipients in December of the calendar year for which funding was provided (use the same address as for applications; see below).

    Application packets must include:  a completed application form (including your proposed budget), a brief prospectus of your research project (3 pages max), and an abbreviated curriculum vitae (5 pages max).  Applicants must also arrange for two letters of support for your project to be sent by the letter writers on letterhead stationary to the address below (one letter must come from your department chair or equivalent supervisor

    Click here for a PDF copy of the research grant application form.

    Please send all application documents electronically as PDF files. Address correspondence and send complete applications to:

    Dr. Dana M. Pike
    Associate Dean, Religious Education
    c/o Cheryl Snelgrove (cheryl_snelgrove@byu.edu)
    370D JSB
    Brigham Young University
    Provo, Utah 84602 USA


    Office of Research and Creative Activities

    Click here to learn more about ORCA grant opportunities: Office of Research and Creative Activities

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