Annual Faculty Research Grants

The Annual Faculty Research Grants support innovative research in the arts, design, and humanities.

Annual Faculty Research Grant programs will be administered directly through participating arts, humanities and design colleges and campuses. Collegiate and Campus information is available below.


Grants must be awarded to tenured or tenure-track faculty or faculty holding full-time (100%) salaried continuous or fixed-term appointments who are annually evaluated like tenured and tenure-track faculty (i.e., with substantially similar expectations for research accomplishments, independence, and ability to secure external funding) at the University of Minnesota (system-wide).

*Note that eligibility does not include: visiting faculty, students pursuing a Ph.D., non-salaried faculty appointment type W (yearly Medical School, usually without salary) or employees with T appointments (temporary) or A appointments (adjunct from outside the University).

Only one funded grant per individual is permitted per grant cycle. Exceptions could include a faculty member as part of a group of faculty applying for funds for a collaborative project.

Fund Use

Proposed use for awarded funds must relate to the areas of the arts, humanities, or design.

Grants may be used to support:

  • Research needs (e.g. research assistants)
  • Teaching materials
  • Books, materials for creative works, or equipment (subject to limitations).
  • Travel to support research and scholarship. 
  • To supplement or leverage external funding.
  • New or existing projects

Grants may not be used to support:

  • The purchase of computers, or the purchase of any equipment available for loan from the University.
  • Supplementing salary or course buyouts.
  • Attendance at conferences or meetings if not presenting research. Any travel that does not involve research. 

Funding Policies and Timelines

  • Specific application deadlines and grant fund expenditure timelines are determined by the college or campus. Please connect directly with the Imagine Fund contact on your campus/college for guidance.
  • The maximum amount of time a Faculty Research Grant recipient has to expend their grant funds is three-years beginning July of the year they are awarded. However, colleges and campuses have the flexibility to create more stringent grant expenditure timeline rules that align with the administration of the grant programs in their respective units.
  • Imagine Fund Faculty Research Grant awards are subject to the grant-related policies and procedures of the administering college or campus.

Key Dates

Special Events

Application due dates: Fall Round-September 25, 2023 at noon and Spring Round- January 29, 2024 at noon

Faculty Research Grants

College/Campus specific timelines

AHD Chair Award

Applications are due January 29th, 2024 at noon