Faculty Funding

Engaged Research Grants for Faculty

Examine the impacts of community engagement

2017-18 RFP

The 2017-18 Request for Proposals and application deadline will be available in September.

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Community-engaged teaching and research can influence behavior, learning, quality of life, social identity, participation in society and other topics that are important to educators — and to society in general. Engaged Research Grants for Faculty incentivize faculty inquiry into interactions between community engagement and these issues.

Successful applications will propose to create knowledge that informs university academic programs and decision making. The proposed research program should be relevant to the applicants’ field(s) of study and contribute to the quality of Cornell’s actions, policies and programs. The Office of Engagement Initiatives welcomes novel research initiatives and also projects that are team-based, collaborative, and/or cross-disciplinary.

Engaged Research Grants for Faculty are intended to support:

Research projects that aim to advance understanding of the impact of community-engaged learning, teaching and research on 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

Engaged Research Grants for Faculty are not intended to support:

Development of courses or curriculum

If you’re developing a major, minor or course, check out the Engaged Curriculum Grants.


Grants for infrastructural work or for specific projects will not exceed $60,000 per program for one year, with opportunity for renewal for one additional year based on documentation of progress. Maximum $100,000 in total funding over two years.

Grants in support of informal seminar or meeting opportunities for faculty scholars and researchers and their invitees (e.g., visitors, staff, students, community partners) to discuss shared interests and plan research projects will not exceed $2,000 and will be limited to one year.


Researchers and scholars (faculty or academic staff) in any field of study

Researchers and scholars appointed in centers, institutes, programs, extension divisions, museums and laboratories on any Cornell campus may participate, or lead, provided that necessary support for their research or scholarship is available.

Previous Recipients

Questions about your project?

Contact the Office of Engagement Initiatives. We’re here to help.

Email: engagedcornell@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 254-4240