Conduits Program



The dollars awarded through this program should be a conduit or
springboard to assist a faculty member in becoming more competitive
in external grant competitions or to continue previous research or
scholarly/creative activity. This program may provide up to $2,000.
Awards would be made after careful review of the proposer’s
justification. Proposals may be reviewed for the plans to leverage
the dollars into further funding, the anticipated planned outcome,
evidence of scholarly/creative output from previous funding, or the
building on and continuation of previous scholarly/creative work.
It is anticipated that awards would be made within 14 days of
receiving a request. Travel not supported by the Center for Faculty
Excellence or the faculty member’s home department could be
funded under this program, for example, travel to a Federal funding
agency to discuss a research idea or proposal or funding


All full-time university faculty members holding academic
rank, excluding those currently holding administrative
appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to


This program will accept applications through the fiscal
year. However, most funding decisions will be made during the
first four weeks of the fall and spring semester.


All requests should be accompanied by the Conduit Program
Request Form (see next page).

Actual request are limited to two pages, single-spaced with
at least one-inch margins top-bottom and left-right. Font size
should be easily readable, e.g., Arial 11 pt or Times New Roman 12

The request should include at a minimum a description of the
work, a justification and/or rationale for the request, plans for
leveraging the dollars, if applicable, the contribution to the
discipline or field of study, and amount of funding

Recipients must provide a report of the research/creative
activity funded through the Conduits Program by the end of May of
the fiscal year in which they were funded. Failure to provide a
report of activity could jeopardize future funding in the Conduits

Submission of requests for the Conduit Program should be done
via electronic mail and sent toJudy Calmes(
). Department head and dean support of a request
is required. Department Heads and Deans can simply forward faculty
requests via e-mail to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies
along with their approval.

**NOTE: Conduits funding cannot be used for salaries or