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 on application and review processes and deadlines will be available soon and communicated broadly by each college/campus.

Contacts and links to information for each college/campus will be posted on this page as they become available.


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. 

Key Dates

Special Events

Application deadline: 02/02/22

Faculty Research Grants

College/Campus specific timelines

AHD Chair Award

Applications are due Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 12:00 noon