RDC Small Grants Program Home


The Small Grants Program is currently CLOSED and not accepting applications at this time. 

The RDC appreciates your interest in the Small Grants program. Unfortunately, as in years past, the RDC Small Grants program will close when all available funds are allocated. As of Sept. 3, 2013, the amount requested by the Small Grants applications has exceeded the amount of available funding.  We anticipate the program will reopen at the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Therefore, the Small Grant program is no longer accepting applications at this time. However, applicants may still submit their completed applications for possible consideration and review should additional funds become available. While this seems highly unlikely, we will post a message to the entire faculty if more applications can be funded. In the coming year, the RDC Committee will be working to resolve this recurring issue and revise the Small Grant program. If you have ideas that might be useful in this regard, please contact David Hurley.

For further information, contact David Hurley, RDC Chair, at .  

Deadline:  Last working day of each month

Maximum amount: $1,500

Small Research Grants may be requested to support modest costs of research such as supplies and travel to collect, analyze or present data; meet with current collaborators; provide for student workers; purchase computer equipment devoted to specific apparatus; or process any information pertinent to an existing project. 

Small grants will NOT support travel simply to attend conferences; travel to explore potential collaborations; clerical support for manuscript preparation; support for advanced degrees; preparation of theses or dissertations; publication of theses or dissertations, or stand-alone computer purchases.

Publication cost requests from tenure-track faculty
A small number of small grants may be awarded that defray the publication costs of faculty who are on the tenure track.  These applications will be collected and reviewed as a group in October and February of this current fiscal year.  Costs of publications, such as page charges, publisher fees, or other printing expenses, should be fully described in the Budget section of the application.  Those applying for publication cost reimbursement must answer the applicable questions in the Budget Special Approvals portion of the Budget section of the application.

Summer travel across the end of the Fiscal Year
A very limited number of grants may be awarded that allow travel in the summer across the fiscal year boundary, such as from June 15 of the Current Fiscal year to July 15 of the next Fiscal Year.  These applications will be collected and reviewed as a group in February of this Fiscal Year. Those requesting travel specifically across the fiscal year boundary must answer the question in the Budget Special Approvals portion of the Budget section of the application.

For more information on Small Research Grant eligibility, guidelines, application procedures, review criteria and policies, please view the following  documents (Please Note: the form and guidelines are being revised for FY15):




Final Report Submission

Past Recipients