In collaboration with Provost Glenn Pfeiffer and Faculty Fellow Rennolds Ostrom, I would like to announce the 3rd year of 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 2019-20 cycle, a total of $250,000 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. All full-time faculty (tenure track and non-tenure track) are eligible for this program.  Involvement of graduate students and/or undergraduates is strongly encouraged. Revised Faculty Opportunity Fund proposals from prior years that address previous reviewer comments are also encouraged.

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rennolds Ostrom (rostrom@chapman.edu) or myself (piechota@chapman.edu).