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Faculty & Staff Funding

Grants and Sponsored Projects target-searches for funding sources using many comprehensive databases.

We also subscribe to private subscription databases.

Contact us if you'd like to learn about conducting searches or if you'd like us to conduct a search for you. We're happy to help.

You can also complete a Faculty/Staff Interests Profile (PDF), which is a survey of your interests to help us assist you with a funding search.

Foundation Center – national database – search engine for all federal grants

Minnesota Council on Foundations – state database

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) – grant opportunities

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – federal grants promoting research in science and technology

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – grants for artistic disciplines

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – variety of funding options, including educations, preservations, research

National Institute of Health (NIH) – funding opportunities for medical research

National Science Foundation (NSF) – federal grants promoting science

Philanthropy News Digest (PND) – compendium of philanthropy-related articles

U.S. Department of Education (ED) – higher education eligible

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – funding opportunities for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – funding opportunities to support law enforcement and public safety activities, to conduct research and implement programs that improve the criminal, civil, and juvenile justice system

ASF PIF Awards

ASF Professional Improvement Funds awards are available to ASF employees to support professional development such as formal coursework and workshops, conferences, travel to other sites to observe a process or technologies, licensure and certification programs, and other activities.

ASF Sabbatical Awards

ASF Sabbatical Awards support extended leave to undertake additional studies or other endeavors that will enhance the member's contribution to the university.

IFO PIF Awards

IFO PIF (Professional Improvement Funds) awards are available to IFO employees to support professional development such as:

  • completion of terminal degree programs
  • scholarship research and creative activity
  • scholarly presentations
  • professional travel
  • professional development workshops
  • activities directly related to the five criteria in Article 22 of the Minnesota State/IFO collective bargaining agreement and an individual’s Professional Development Plan (PDP)

Learn more about the deadlines for this award process.

IFO Sabbatical Awards

IFO sabbaticals are available to enhance professional development, support department goals, and meet instructional, service or research priorities of the university.

Learn more about the deadlines for this award process.

WSU Foundation Special Projects Awards

Special Project Award grants support WSU faculty and staff conducting unique one-time projects that lead to innovative research, curriculum and new program development, and scholarly publication.

Student Grants

WSU encourages student creative projects and presentations of research at local, regional, and national conferences. To support this, WSU provides financial assistance through various competitive student grant opportunities.