Sabbaticals, Research Leaves, and Grants

Grants
  • Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program support research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts, fine arts, humanities, and education and promote development of graduate research programs in these academic areas.
  • Conference Support Grants provide "seed" money to facilitate the pursuit of major national or international conferences to be hosted on campus.
  • Faculty Research Investment Program support research and creative activities and enhance the ability of faculty to compete for external research funding.
  • Faculty Travel Assistance Grants provide faculty members with matching funds to help defray the cost of travel in connection with new or expanded research programs.
  • PI Research Investment Program provide funds to address specific problems noted in critiques of major external research proposals.
  • University Research Committee Grants support scholarly research projects and programs.
  • University Teaching Grants support activities to enhance classroom effectiveness
  • Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program(URSA) promote and expand research participation by undergraduate students, to engage students in the active faculty/student collaborative learning relationships necessary for success in all fields of research, and to expose students to resources and facilities that may stimulate their interest in pursuing research careers.
  • OVPR Colloquium Support brings major national and international speakers to campus to share their expertise with faculty, students, and the central Texas community. Colloquium topics span the full range of academic interests and programs at Baylor, broaden research and educational horizons for faculty and students, and contribute to a campus environment where learning flourishes. The Vice Provost for Research welcomes nominations for colloquium speakers from all academic units.
  • Young Investigator Development Program is designed to stimulate research/creative activities and enhance the ability of newly appointed tenure-track faculty to compete for external research funding. YIDP funds range from $10,000-$25,000.
  • Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program (CFRIP) is sponsored jointly by Baylor University (Waco, TX), Baylor Scott & White Health (Temple and Dallas, TX), and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX). The program provides seed funding for inter-institutional and interdisciplinary research project teams to position them to compete successfully for externally funded grants.

    Funds will be awarded primarily to: (1) test novel interdisciplinary approaches to significant biomedical and/or health care issues; (2) develop innovative therapeutic or diagnostic tools; and, (3) conduct exploratory work in its early stages where experimental data are not yet available.

  • Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship (Brown Fund) supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Brown Fund awards range in amount up to $7,500 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. The number of available awards will be determined annually based on the available earnings from the Brown Fund.
  • Rising Star Program: Each fall Baylor's Office of the Vice Provost for Research selects for special promotional attention a group of exemplary tenure-track researchers who have been assessed by their deans as having high potential for extramural funding. These researchers, designated Rising Stars, receive focused support in proposal preparation and administration, and are afforded special consideration for institutional "seed" funding to support their research. The OVPR also prepares a portfolio of profiles on the Rising Stars, — including detailed descriptions of their research — for presentation to Baylor's research funding consultants in Washington, D.C. During the following spring semester, the Rising Stars are invited — schedules permitting — to accompany the vice provost, Dr. Truell Hyde, to Washington, D.C., to lay groundwork for future funding applications by meeting personally with members of Congress who oversee federal funding agencies, as well as with officials representing those agencies.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships for Ph.D. granting departments. These postdoctoral research fellowships are funded by the university and may include minimal teaching responsibility, depending upon the research discipline. Salaries are competitive at a national level. The initial appointments are funded for a period of one year, with application for a second year extension allowed for successful fellows. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree and be committed to excellence in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    Applications must make a strong case for the research necessity of a postdoctoral research fellow, identify possible faculty within the department having research requiring such a position, include a brief description of the research to be conducted and address short and long term benefits of the research agenda to the department. Preference will be given to research clusters (within or across departmental boundaries) where a postdoctoral position can be reasonably shared between two or more faculty members.

  • Research Equipment Acquisition Progra (REAP) is designed to enhance the ability of faculty to retire and replace research equipment necessary to sustain an established research program.

    Funds will be awarded to an individual researcher or group of researchers to support efforts to garner external funding, promote multidisciplinary research/creative activities and stimulate research development.

  • Bridge Funding Program is designed to span a gap for researchers who have temporarily lost significant external research funding.
Other sources of research support
  • Vice Provost for Research website
  • Courseload Reductions-from time to time individual faculty members may seek and may be approved for temporary course reductions to allow them to engage for the semester in specific research projects or other approved faculty work. These may be granted by the department chair, the dean, or the Provost.