Faculty Grants Program (FGP)


The NAU Faculty Grants Program (FGP) supports the research, creative endeavors, and other scholarly activity of Northern Arizona University tenured and tenure-eligible faculty.


The FGP supports activity that originates from the faculty member's own professional goals and interests within their discipline, and provides a valuable contribution to one’s discipline, institution, or community of scholars.


Full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty may apply for funding under the Faculty Grants Program.  

The FGP seeks to support:

  • new faculty
  • faculty doing work in disciplines where extramural support is not regularly available
  • established faculty who are changing the scope or direction of their work 

Funding Restrictions

The FGP does not fund:

  • graduate student assistantships
  • student research projects, theses, or dissertations
  • faculty dissertation work
  • Regent’s Professors 

Requests to support activities that will take place during sabbatical leave, or that will take place the summer before or after a sabbatical leave, are discouraged.

Funding Period

FGP awards commence on July 1st and are funded for up to one year.

Funding Amount

FGP applications can request up to $15,000

Regulatory Assurances and Compliance Requirements

Projects involving the use of human subjects, animals, radioactive or other biohazardous materials, or recombinant DNA must be reviewed by the appropriate review committee to ensure compliance with federal regulations and with guidelines established in the NAU Faculty Handbook and detailed on related Internet web sites. If you need assistance with any assurance and compliance issues, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Please note that In order to activate an approved FGP award, documentation of review and approval from IRB (internal and external), IACUC, Radiation Safety, or IBC must be submitted to the OVPR by April 1, 2016. The initial award notification (sent on or before February 1) will indicate which of these requirements the awardee must fulfill. Awards that cannot be activated by April 15 because activation requirements have not been fulfilled shall be rescinded.

When to Apply

For FY17


FGP Faculty Information Meetings

8AM – 9AM, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

3PM – 4PM, Thursday, October 8, 2015

11AM – 12PM, Friday, October 9, 2015

Application Due Date

5:00PM, Friday, November 13, 2015

Award Notification

On or before Monday, February 1, 2016

IRB AND IACUC Documentation Due Date

5:00PM, Friday, April 1, 2016

Award activation/project start date

5:00PM, Friday, July 1, 2016

Please Note: Late applications will not be reviewed. The time stamp on the email received by OVPR is the date and time the application is recorded as being received.

How to Apply

FGP Application Guidelines


All inquiries, questions or comments regarding the Faculty Grants Program should be directed to Christine Smith, Coordinator, Research Development, Office of the Vice President for Research, 928-523-8594, or via e-mail, at Christine.Smith@nau.edu.