Faculty Funding

Grants for Faculty Research on Engagement

Examine the impacts of community engagement


Grants for Faculty Research on Engagement incentivize faculty inquiry into the ways that community-engaged teaching and research influence behavior, learning, quality of life, social identity, participation in society and other topics that are important to educators – and to society in general.

The proposed research should be relevant to the applicants’ field(s) of study and contribute to the evidence base for the impact of community-engaged approaches. The proposed research may produce findings that can inform university decision-making in relation to curricula and academic programs. The Office of Engagement Initiatives welcomes novel research methodologies and also projects that are team-based, collaborative and/or cross-disciplinary.

Grants for Faculty Research on Engagement are intended to support any of the following:

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

Grants for Faculty Research on Engagement are not intended to support:

Development of courses or curriculum

If you’re developing curriculum, see the Engaged Curriculum Grants.


Proposals may be submitted by researchers and scholars (actively tenured/tenure-track 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.

Applications that involve multiple researchers/scholars, junior faculty participants and/or collaboration across units are encouraged.


It is expected that the level and type of funding needed to support research or scholarship varies across disciplines. All applications require a strong rationale and justification for the budget requested.

Grants 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.

Grant holders will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year, no-cost extension with justification. Any funds remaining at the end of the approved grant period will be returned to the Office of Engagement Initiatives.

Expectations and Deliverables

  1. An annual report will summarize progress in achieving the aims of the research project, including scholarly publications, other grants or reports (including links or electronic copies when applicable). Financial reporting is required as part of the annual report.
  2. Faculty participants will be invited to participate in events hosted by the Office of Engagement Initiatives.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the Office of Engagement Initiatives at any time during the application process.

Call for Proposals
Sept. 2017
Application Deadline
Feb. 2, 2018
Notification of Awards Mid-March 2018
Earliest Start Date for Approved Awards
Early April 2018



Proposals must be submitted using the online application form provided, and include the following information, within the space limits described on the form:

  1. Project title
  2. Names of research team members and their department(s) and college(s)
  3. Narrative bios or CVs of scholars/investigators comprising the team
  4. Signature endorsement(s) from department chair or director of the lead scholar/investigator
  5. If appropriate, identify and supply letter of collaboration from the community partner(s) describing the role that the partner expects to play in the collaboration
  6. Abstract: executive summary of the proposal that describes the goals; specific aims and approach; potential benefit of findings to student learning and well-being, faculty research/scholarship, and/or communities
  7. Narrative that includes:
    • long-term goal(s) for the research;
    • specific aims for the project;
    • approach and methods that will address these aims;
    • the audiences for whom the research is most releveant;
    • relevance of research to community engagement in the Cornell environment and beyond;
    • plan for publishing and disseminating findings;
    • description of roles and contributions of collaborators on the project.
  8. Ethical considerations. Researchers should consult Cornell’s IRB regarding required approvals to study human subjects, as IRB approvals or exemptions must be obtained before funds will be transferred
  9. Budget and budget justification aligned directly with the budget categories listed in the online application form


Allowable Expenses
  • Logistical support:
    • travel, meals and lodging associated with research conducted off campus;
    • direct costs incurred while conducting research (e.g., software, data acquisition, lab materials);
    • participation in conferences, workshops or seminars;
    • costs of publication and other information outreach.
  • Salary support:
  • Community partner support:
    • Budget relief or expenses incurred by community partners that facilitate their participation in the research.
Unallowable Expenses
  • overhead and indirect costs (IDC);
  • tuition;
  • salary for team members named on application;
  • salary for consultants;
  • capital projects;
  • equipment (refer to Appendix B in the university’s Capital Assets policy).

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be peer reviewed and selections made by the leadership of the Office of Engagement Initiatives. Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Clarity of the goals and specific aims of the research
  2. Relevance of the aims to community-engaged learning and research in the university environment
  3. Scholarly merit, feasibility and/or innovativeness of the research approach and methods
  4. Experience and expertise of the investigators to carry out the research with the time and resources available
  5. Dissemination plan that seeks to reach and influence colleagues in the researchers’ discipline, as well as in the field of community engagement

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