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 that 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. Non-tenure eligible positions include instructor, lecturer, clinical faculty, professors of practice, research faculty, visiting faculty, faculty research associates, part-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and visiting scholars. Non-tenure eligible faculty members are not eligible for the FGP funding mechanism because these positions provide no expectation of continued employment beyond the end of the current appointment period.

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 
The lead PI on a Faculty Grants Program application must be NAU full-time tenured or tenure-eligible. Co-Investigators do not have to be NAU faculty, however, salary support can only be requested for Co-Investigators who are NAU faculty. There is no limit to the number of Co-Investigators on an application.

Funding Categories

Upon receipt, proposals will be assigned by OVPR to one of the two following categories for the purpose of review. Assignments are final and non-negotiable.

Research-Based Scholarship: Defined as a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Qualitative research (including interpretive research and grounded theory) uses observation for the purpose of exploring and developing hypotheses. Quantitative research uses measurable data to formulate theories and establish correlations. In general, research-based scholarship encompasses projects or studies intended to test a falsifiable hypothesis, elucidate observations, test a new method, or answer a specific question, etc. The outcomes of research projects include both the creation of new objective knowledge and the interpretation of existing knowledge. The intent is that generated information will be reproducible (recalculable), replicable (independently repeatable) and transferable (extendable to a different situation or population).

Goals for FGP-Supported Research Projects: To generate data or conduct other research-related activities that will be professionally disseminated and assessed by one’s professional peers, and to receive external grant awards in fields where extramural support is generally available. Applicants must demonstrate that the funds will go towards collecting/analyzing the data needed to support an extramural grant proposal.

Creative Scholarship: Defined as a project or study with an outcome that encompasses artistic expression, performance, a tangible work of art, a documentary, book, etc.; the goals of which reflect the nature, values, fundamental concepts, and modes of inquiry specific to the discipline. The outcomes of these projects would include the aggregation and interpretation of existing knowledge and experience, and the creation of new artistic knowledge that is inherently not falsifiable. The use of historical research or literature review for such a project will not lead the project to be placed in the research category. 

Goals for FGP-Supported Creative Projects: To generate a product that is publically or professionally disseminated and assessed by one’s professional peers, and to receive external support for projects in disciplines such as the social sciences, business, humanities, and the arts (creative and performance).

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

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, vertebrate animals, biohazardous materials/recombinant DNA, or radioactive materials/Xrays must be reviewed by the appropriate review committee or board to ensure compliance with federal regulations and with guidelines established in the NAU Faculty Handbook. Projects involving the use of export controlled material/technology, hazardous chemicals or field work may also require training and/or review. For forms or more information see: Environmental Health and Safety Forms.

If you need assistance with any assurance and compliance issues, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at ovpr@nau.edu.

Note: In order to activate an approved FGP award, documentation of review and approval from IRB (Institutional Review Board), IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee), Radiation Safety Committee, or the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) must be submitted to the OVPR by April 3, 2017. 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 FY18


FGP Faculty Information Meetings

8–9 a.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016

3–4 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016

11–12 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016

Application Due Date

5 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2016

Award Notification

On or before Monday, February 1, 2017

IRB, IACUC, IBC and Radiation Safety Documentation 

Due Date

5 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2017

Award activation/project start date

5 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2017

*If November 13 falls on a weekend or holiday, FGP applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on the first business day following November 13. 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. Please confirm that your e-mail has been transmitted before shutting down your computer. We have many more applications than we can fund; therefore, the first review decision is to discard late applications.

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 at Christine.Smith@nau.edu.