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The Committee on Grants (COG) Funding Opportunities for Faculty and Students

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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 2013-2014 academic year, the Committee on Grants (COG) awarded more than $33,415 to support 41 faculty research projects and $57,472 to support 50 students. An additional $329,912 from the Hackman Summer Scholar Research fund and the Mellon Environmental Ethics Grant supported 92 students on 58 collaborative research projects with faculty during the summer of 2014.

The Autumn and Spring Research Fairs provide opportunities for each student to bring together the tangible results of the collective research effort conducted over the past summer and academic year.


Students may apply for the following:
  1. Student Resarch Grants- provide additional support for student research projects whose need exceeds the resources of departmental funds, up to $400 per year
  2. Leser Grants - for outstanding research projects in the natural sciences, up to $1,000 per year
  3. Nissley Grants - for outstanding research projects in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, up to $1,000 per year
  4. Rockhold Grants - for student research projects in developing countries, up to $5,000 per year

Students who receive COG funding are expected to present their research findings at either the Fall or Spring Research Fair.


Faculty may apply for the following:
  1. Research Grants - to support faculty research activities including such expenses as supplies, student assistants, travel for research, and small items of equipment. (Limit of one award up to $1,000 per academic year)
  2. Hackman Faculty Research Awards - to provide funding for a few faculty members who have participated regularly in the Hackman Summer Scholar Program and who have sought outside funding for their research. (Limit of one award up to $5,000 per academic year)
  3. Price Faculty Research Fund - the Price Award will fund one worthy faculty research project (in any discipline) each year. The amount of the award for FY15 will be $4,000. Grant requests may include (but are not limited to) travel and materials/supplies needed to do research.
  4. F&M Summer Scholars Program provides student summer stipends for faculty mentored research projects. Faculty apply for this program on behalf of the student which is supported by the following endowments:
  • Decision Science, Decision Theory, and Distributive Justice - supportsup to four faculty/student research in decision science, decision theory, and distributive justice
  • Eyler fund - for faculty/student research in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry.
  • Hackman fund - for faculty/student research in all disciplines
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute - for faculty/student research in translational research and public health.  Awards made by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Committee.
  • Mellon Environmental Fund - for faculty/student projects that investigate the natural environment through the lens of the humanities or social sciences
  • Rockhold funds - for economic research in developing countries

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.


Please read the COG Facts & Figures for funding details and guidelines before applying for any of the funds listed above.

The COG Application Form  is accessible only during the open enrollment periods. There are typically four application deadlines for COG funding. The 2014-2015 funding deadlines are:

  • Friday, Oct. 3 (application opens Sept. 22, awards made by Oct. 10)
  • Friday, Nov. 14 (application opens Oct. 31, awards made by Nov. 21)
  • Friday, Feb. 27 (application opens Feb. 9, awards made by Mar. 6)
  • Friday, Apr. 3 (if funds are available; application opens Mar. 16, awards made by Apr. 10)

The F&M Summer Scholars Program Application opens Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 and closes at 4:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Awards will be made between Feb. 13 and 20. Please use the link in this paragraph to apply for Summer Scholars.