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The Office of College Grants administers institutional grants awarded by the Committee on Grants (COG) from proposals submitted throughout the academic year. This program provides faculty and students with supplemental funding for creative research projects in arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
The main purpose of COG grants is either to provide seed money for projects that will eventually attract outside funding, or to support work where outside funds are not available. COG is also responsible for assuring ethical conduct of research that involves human subjects or animal subjects.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Committee on Grants (COG) awarded more than $43,380 to support 37 faculty research projects and $37,161 to support 31 students. An additional $305,481 from the Cargill and Hackman, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funds supported 80 students on 55 collaborative research projects with faculty during the summer of 2013.
The Autumn and Spring Research Fair provides an opportunity for each student to bring together the tangible results of the collective research effort conducted over the past summer and academic year.
Students who receive COG funding are expected to present their research findings at either the Fall or Spring Research Fair.
F&M Summer Scholars Program provides student summer stipends for faculty mentored research projects. Faculty apply for this program on behalf of the student. This program is supported by the following endowments:
It is a condition of the grant that a report on your accomplishments be filed upon completion of the project. The COG Final Report is a precondition for faculty to receive support from the Committee in subsequent years.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Committee awards stipends for students conducting research in translational research and public health. Faculty can apply for funding throughout the academic year and during the summer.
The COG Application Form is accessible only during the open enrollment periods. There are typically four application deadlines for COG funding. The 2013-2014 funding deadlines are: