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Now accepting applications for 2017 Engaged Cornell grant opportunities.

The Office of Engagement Initiatives supports the creation of new community-engaged curricula, research, and opportunities, as well as the further development and curricular integration of current community-engaged teaching and research initiatives through several grant programs.

Staff are available for information sessions, workshops, and consultations.

CURRICULA
RESEARCH/SCHOLARSHIP
TRAVEL
STUDENT LEADERSHIP
OTHER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Faculty and Staff-led
Student-led

Faculty and Staff-led Applications

Engaged Curriculum Grants

The Engaged Curriculum Grants program creates, expands, and strengthens community-engaged curricula by funding teams of faculty — and their community partners — that are integrating community engagement into courses. These grants enable departments, programs, and collaborative cross-disciplinary groups to enrich curricula by developing and learning from varieties of community engagement. Letter of intent (LOI) submission deadline (new applicants only) is January 17, 2017; full application deadline (all applicants) is March 29, 2017.

Engaged Curriculum Grants are intended to support:

  • modification of existing curricula to add or deepen community-engaged learning and teaching in any field of study;
  • development of curricula designed to achieve mutual benefits for both students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) and community partners;
  • teams of Cornell faculty and their community partners;
  • processes of curricular planning, development, or advancement;
  • curricula that are sustainable beyond the period of the grant.

Read more about this opportunity | Go directly to the 2017 RFPRead about the 2016 recipients | Read about the 2015 recipients


Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs

The Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs grants expand participation and support undergraduate student learning through community-engaged research. Active faculty or academic staff with established community-engaged research or scholarship in any field of study may submit proposals for funding. Application deadline is January 18, 2017.

Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs grants are intended to support:

  • established community-engaged scholars, researchers, and research programs that provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research;
  • investigators/scholars who can provide a strong collaborative environment for students and opportunities for them to work in teams;
  • opportunities that are structured to include additional training or supportive learning experiences that are relevant to the research or scholarship;
  • research and scholarship environments that are highly likely to be sustained beyond the period of the funding;
  • opportunities that promote access for all Cornell undergraduates.

Read more about this opportunity | Go directly to the 2017 RFP | Read about the 2016 recipients


Engaged Research Grants for Faculty

The Engaged Faculty Research Grants support faculty-led research on topics relevant to the program and mission of Engaged Cornell. Proposals may be submitted by researchers and scholars (faculty or academic staff) in any field of study. Application deadline is February 1, 2017.

Engaged Research Grants for Faculty are intended to support:

  • research projects that aim to advance understanding of the impact of community-engaged learning and research on learning or well-being of students, community partners, staff, and/or faculty;
  • infrastructural projects (e.g., improving data collection, system interfaces) at Cornell that will enable the types of research described above;
  • informal seminar or meeting opportunities for faculty scholars and researchers to discuss shared interests and plan research projects on these issues.

Read more about this opportunity | Go directly to the 2017 RFP


Engaged Scholar Prize

The Engaged Scholar Prize is given each year to a faculty member who inspires students, faculty colleagues, and community partners with innovative approaches to integrating teaching, learning, and research with public or community-based partnerships. Nomination deadline is February 28, 2017.

The Engaged Scholar Prize is intended to support faculty who integrate:

  • community-engaged learning, teaching, and research;
  • reciprocity and mutuality in community-based partnerships;
  • assessment of impacts and learning outcomes for all project participants.

Read more about this prize and the nomination processRead about the 2016 recipient


Engaged Opportunity Grants

The Engaged Opportunity Grants create, expand, and strengthen opportunities for faculty and staff to develop, administer, or participate in community-engaged initiatives. Fall application deadline is October 27, 2016; spring application deadline is February 15, 2017; summer application deadline is April 10, 2017.

Engaged Opportunity Grants are intended to support:

  • Student Leadership Programming
  • Conference Travel to Present Engaged Scholarship
  • Other Community-Engagement Requests

Read more about this opportunity | Go directly to the 2017 RFP


Student-led Applications

Community-Engaged Student Travel Grant Program

The Community-Engaged Student Travel Grant Program provides funding to Cornell students participating in service-learning and/or community-based research domestically or internationally. The program aims to make community-engaged learning accessible for all students. Application deadline for winter break travel has passed; application deadline for summer travel is March 1, 2017.

Community-Engaged Student Travel Grants are intended to support:

  • course-based service activities (faculty-led);
  • team-based learning and research projects;
  • mentored internships;
  • relevant professional development conferences;
  • team-based consulting projects.

Read more about this opportunity | Go directly to the 2017 RFP


Engaged Graduate Student Grants

Engaged Graduate Student Grants provide opportunities for Ph.D. students to conduct research or scholarship that is community engaged or to develop strategies for incorporating community engagement into existing thesis work. Application deadline is January 18, 2017.

Engaged Graduate Student Grants are intended to support:

  • research and scholarship with relevance to the doctoral dissertation;
  • additional training or supportive learning experiences that are relevant to community-engaged research or scholarship.

Read more about this opportunity | Go directly to the 2017 RFP | Read about the 2016 recipients


If you have specific questions about any of these, please get in touch through this contact form.