Office of Research & Creative Scholarship

Faculty Advancement Fund Grant

The Faculty Advancement Fund Grant (FAFG) supports the scholarly and creative activities of the full‐time tenured and tenure-track faculty members. The Fund was established to enable the professional work of Emerson’s faculty in its efforts to sustain academic excellence in teaching, research/creative activity, and service. The Faculty Advancement Fund Grant supports proposals deemed likely to substantially improve the quality of research, publication, creative activities, teaching, and service that advance the mission of the College and the careers of its faculty.

Awards are administered according to the guidelines of the Faculty Development and Research Council (FDRC) in the Faculty Assembly By-Laws.

The deadlines for FAFG applications to be awarded in FY2018 are as follows:

  • Pre-Approval Form Due: October 21, 2016
  • Application Form Released: October 24, 2016*
  • Applications Due: November 4, 2016 by 11:59pm
  • Recipients Notified of Funding Decisions: January 13, 2017

Upcoming Grant Period: Grants awarded for FY2018 must be conducted between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Previous Grant Period: Grants awarded in the previous application cycle must be conducted between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Internal Pre-Approval Form

Please submit your Internal Funding Proposal - Pre-Approval form to in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship by the October 21, 2016 deadline outlined in the calendar. This is required in order to inform your cognizant school dean and department chair of the project proposal, discuss how and to what degree the proposal meets the mission of the Department, School, and College, and to enlist their advice and help on how to best develop the proposal according to institutional priorities and the FAFG criteria.


All tenured and tenure-track members of the full‐time faculty and Bargaining Unit of ECCAAUP are eligible to apply for the FAFG. Applicants who received an FAFG award in the year preceding their current proposal must submit a progress report with the new proposal.  The progress report must inform their school dean, FDRC committee, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) on the status of the previous FAFG project.

IMPORTANT: Beginning in 2016, faculty will not be eligible to apply if they have received two or more FAFGs in the immediate three (3) years prior. Please contact ORCS if you require further information on FAFG awards you have received previously.

FAFG Funding

The Faculty Advancement Fund Grant will provide support for approved projects for amounts between $1,000 and $10,000. Applicants may request monetary support or support in the form of a single course release. The exact type and amount of award will be determined by the project budget request, availability of funds, and recommendations made by the FDRC and the school dean to the Provost. The FAFG Committee and School deans make recommendations to the Provost. The final decision for funding and determination of awards is made by the Provost.

Note: For smaller projects, faculty members should utilize the Faculty Development Fund (previously called the Faculty Travel Program).

Eligible Projects

  • Research, travel, and expenses leading to scholarly, refereed publications
  • Research, travel, and expenses leading to creative and artistic works such as media productions, creative writing, performances, screenplays, exhibitions, etc.
  • Seed funding to develop research or creative scholarship that will lead to external funding.
  • Refereed conference presentations of scholarly and creative activities
  • Provisions for workspace for scholarly and creative activities
  • Research staff or graduate‐student assistance for approved projects
  • Computer software, hardware, and peripheral equipment needed for teaching or research
  • Technical support for the development of new media applications in teaching
  • Projects with significant community impact
  • Projects that enhance student life
  • Faculty leadership designed to impart new knowledge and skills to colleagues
  • Attending seminars and conferences related to new course development
  • Development of new courses including instruction materials
  • Revision or innovations in existing courses with at least 1/3 substantially new content
  • Creation of innovative faculty seminar series
  • Attending faculty development seminars and conferences to improve teaching skills
  • Course release, rather than monetary support, to conduct the approved project

Ineligible Projects and Expenses

  • Activities already defined as part of a faculty member's expected duties and responsibilities (i.e. teaching of established courses, service and committee work, etc).
  • Activities for which the faculty member is already receiving compensation, course release, or some other form of College support
  • Proposals from faculty members who have received two FAFG awards in the previous five years (2014 - 2016)
  • Additional faculty compensation during the academic year; honoraria and stipends to Emerson faculty. The use of FAFG funds for faculty summer salary is strongly discouraged.

Criteria and Considerations


  • Applications must be complete, clearly written, compelling, well defined, and easily understood by all reviewers: write clearly, simply, and use laymen's terms.
  • Applications that are incomplete and do not follow directions may be disqualified.
  • Budgets should be reasonable and allocable to the proposed project. Costs that are deemed by the FDRC to not be relevant or essential to the proposed work will not be considered.
  • Applicants should include information about their professional background, qualifications, scholarly/creative agenda, and how the project might positively impact their career, their field, and/or the mission of the College.
  • Applications should include a detailed outline of their proposed work, along with a timeline describing the project activities and estimated dates for each activity.
  • Applicants requesting travel support should utilize their allocation through the Faculty Development Fund, rather than the FAFG.
  • While applicants may apply for consecutive year awards, the committee will carefully scrutinize proposals that are a continuation of any previously funded projects to determine if funding is appropriate.

Priority Considerations

  • Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have not previously received an FAFG award.
  • Priority consideration will be given to applications that involve Emerson students as research or teaching assistants, and/or proposals that link the conduct and results of the proposed work to tangible changes and/or improvements to curricula, pedagogy, or student involvement.
  • Priority consideration will be given to projects that intersect with, align with, or contribute to the College's strategic goals of civic engagement, innovation, and global engagement.

Post-Award Management

  • All publications resulting from the FAFG should contain the following acknowledgement: "This research [or project] was supported in part by a grant from the Emerson College Faculty Advancement Fund."
  • All equipment purchased with Emerson College funds or special funds channeled through Emerson are property of the College, and remain at the College if a faculty member leaves. Applicants must explain long‐term usefulness of equipment that will extend beyond the grant period and the faculty member’s project needs.
  • Applicants should consult the Guidelines on College Financial Policies before expenditures are made to make sure proper procedures and criteria are met. It is the applicant’s responsibility to know and follow the College Financial Policies. A list of major points can be found on the Guidelines and Financial Policies page of the Academic Affairs site.
  • Receipts for project expenditures seeking reimbursement for grants awarded in this cycle must be turned in to the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship by June 15, 2018 to be honored.

FY2018 Calendar

October 21, 2016

  • Internal Pre-Approval Form due to
    • FAFG Standard Application Form will be sent to recipients who have received pre-approval authorization from their cognizant dean and/or department chair*
      • *Note: A formatted Microsoft Word document with form fields will be used in lieu of the eCampus online application portal.

Before November 4, 2016

  • Applicants must consult with their department chair and school dean to determine eligibility and appropriateness of their FAFG proposal idea to their research/scholarly/creative goals and the department, school, and institution's priorities
  • The Executive Director for Research and Creative Scholarship will meet with eligible faculty members who have questions about preparing an FAFG application

November 4, 2016

  • Completed application is due by 11:59pm EST
  • Final online reports from previously funded and completed FAFG projects must be submitted in order for applicants to be eligible for a new project award
  • Progress reports for any ongoing FAFG award projects must be submitted in order for applicants to be eligible for a continuing or new project award

December 20, 2016

  • The FDRC will evaluate all proposals and make recommendations to the VPAA, within the funding amount available, regarding proposal support and level of funding.

After January 2, 2017

  • The Provost, in consideration of the recommendations provided by the FDRC, will make final selections and award determinations. The Provost will notify the FDRC in writing about the final awards.

January 13, 2017

  • The Executive Director for Research and Creative Scholarship will notify all of the applicants in writing about their applications

July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018:

  • Approved projects conducted

June 15, 2018:

  • All receipts due in the Office of Academic Affairs for reimbursement of project expenses

November 1, 2018:

  • Final online report due for projects conducted during FY2018

Final Progress Report Requirement

Recipients of Faculty Advancement Fund Grants must submit a final progress report, found below, by November 1st of the year their grant period ends.