Scholarship and Creative Activity (SCA) Grants

The purpose of the NAU Scholarship and Creative Activity (SCA) Grants program is to make targeted investments in faculty scholars and artists in order to help raise NAU’s profile in these disciplines nationally and internationally.

SCA grants are intended to support the work of faculty in areas in which extramural grant funding is generally unavailable (e.g. humanities, arts, business, and education). The goal for SCA supported projects is to generate a project or study with an outcome that encompasses artistic expression, performance, a tangible work of art, a documentary, book, etc.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty may apply for SCA grants. Regents' Professors are not eligible to apply to this program. Because funding for this program is limited, faculty who will be on sabbatical during AY2017-18 are not eligible to receive FY18SCA funds.

Award Information
SCA applications can request up to $6,000.

SCA Awards commence on July 1 and are funded for up to one year. No expenses may be incurred against the SCA funds until July 1. 

Examples of allowable uses of SCA funds include:

  • Summer salary for faculty on an academic year contract. (SCA grant funds that support summer salary cannot exceed 100% allowed salary if combined with other university funds paid for other activities.)  
  • Funding for activities such as travel, gathering of archive resources, interviewing, and creative production activity. 

Examples of what funds may not be used for:

  • Research projects, faculty development activities, or curriculum development.
  • Equipment, computers, tablets, or other general purpose electronic devices. 
  • Buyout of teaching.

When to Apply

For FY18


Application Due Date

5 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017

Award Notification

On or before Monday, April 3, 2017

Award Activation/Project Start Date

July 1, 2017

If March 13 falls on a weekend or holiday, SCA applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on the first business day following March 13.

How to Apply
PAGE FORMATTING: All pages must be formatted as follows:

  • 1-inch margins on all sides
  • Single spacing or greater (e.g., 1.5 is acceptable but less than single spacing is not)
  • 12-point font (Times New Roman highly recommended) 

1. Face Page Template (includes Abstract)

2. Proposal Narrative 

  • 3 Page Limit not including Literature/References
  • Introduction and Background: Provide background on the significance and value of the project to the specific area of scholarship or artistic expression. What is the value of the project within your scholarly/artistic area and how will bring new ideas into your field?
  • Project Description, Methods, and Work Plan: How will you carry out your scholarly/creative endeavor; how will the project be organized? What is your work plan outlining the time course of the project? Please describe any technologies that will be used in making the project successful. Please describe where the work will be conducted, any materials used, and explain how you will obtain access to relevant materials. 
  • Competencies, Skills and Access: Describe how your skills can be applied to the project and explain how this project will broaden your scholarly or creative reputation at NAU. 
  • Final Product and Dissemination: What is your intended result and who is your audience? Please explain how these results will be disseminated to this audience and beyond (if relevant).  

3. Curriculum Vitae

  • A CV must be included for the Principal Investigator/Project Director and any Co-Investigator(s). Limit of 2 pages for each person. 

4. Budget and Budget Justification Template 

  • Please note that there are two tabs on the budget and budget justification Excel template. The two tabs labeled “Budget” and “Budget Justification” are located in the bottom left corner of the template. 

Incomplete Applications: All of the sections above (1-4) must be included in the FGP application, otherwise the application will be considered “incomplete” and will not be reviewed. 

Submitting SCA Applications
Applications for SCA funding must be submitted electronically. The Face Page, Narrative, and Curriculum Vitae should be combined into one PDF document and e-mailed, along with the Budget Template (in Excel format) to

The PDF document and the Excel document must be saved as follows: SCAYEAR_Last name of applicant_First name of applicant, e.g., SCA2018_Smith_John

The Subject of the e-mail must read as follows: SCAYEAR Last name of applicant, First name of applicant, e.g., SCA2018 Smith, John

Applications are due annually at 5 p.m. on March 13. (If November 13 falls on a weekend or holiday, SCA applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on the first business day following November 13.) 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. 

If you have any questions regarding the SCA program, please contact or 928-523-4340.