In collaboration with Provost Glenn Pfeiffer and Faculty Fellow – Laura Glynn, I am excited to announce the new the Faculty Opportunity Fund program that provides competitive merit-based support for short term non-renewable projects as described below. These projects are intended to support Chapman University faculty in the development of new and innovative research, scholarship and creative activity.  Specifically, this program aims to:

  • Elevate the national visibility and reputation of Chapman University faculty for their excellence in creative, scholarly and research accomplishments.
  • Provide faculty with opportunities to catalyze new and innovative areas.
  • Expand the base of competitive research, scholarship and creative activity to increase external support in these areas.

The intent of the fund is to support (1) activities in the arts and humanities where the outcome is the development of a substantive scholarly or creative work and; (2) research in all areas for faculty who are developing new lines of research, where a primary goal is the submission of requests for external funding. During the 2017-18 cycle, a total of $160,000 will be available for the Faculty Opportunity Fund with awards up to $15,000 for a period of 12 months depending on the type of award, project goals, and necessary budget.

Complete program description, application requirements and deadlines are provided at Internal Funding section of the Research and Creative Activity website for Chapman.

In addition, open forums will be held the week of December 4-8 and January 8-12 to answer any questions. Specific dates, times and locations will be announced separately.