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College of Arts and Sciences Research/Creative Activities Travel grants support COAS faculty members for travel to support their research or creative activities. All tenured and tenure track faculty are invited to submit an application. The recipient(s) will receive up to $5,000. This grant is made possible by generous support from George W. Rainbolt.


This grant may not be used for travel to present the results of research/creative activities. In other words, it may not be used for travel to conferences or to give presentations/performances. It is for travel to support doing research or creative activities. Examples of eligible projects include (but are not limited to) travel to: work in archives, work in a laboratory, view works of art, listen to musical performances, collect samples, interview subjects or do surveys, and work with a co-author.


Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of past winners of COAS faculty grants. This committee makes a recommendation to the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement. Here is the award selection rubric. When the review process is complete, applicants may request their rubric scores. The review committee does not provide written comments on proposals.


Winners of a Research/Creative Activities Travel grant may not apply for a Research/Creative Activities Travel grant in the subsequent year. Winners of an Research/Creative Activities Travel grant must agree to serve on a committee to review COAS grant applications in the subsequent year. (Faculty on leave are excused from this service.) Award recipients must also agree to offer a public lecture on the subject of their projects.

Application Instructions

All questions must be answered completely and in the order indicated below.

1. Project Overview

  • Where do you need to travel to advance the project?
  • When do you anticipate the travel occurring?
  • What is the purpose of your project and why is it important?
  • How will the travel advance the project?

2. Project Budget

  • Itemized budget breakdown
  • List of other funding sources for this project (include requested and committed funds and sources)

3. Format

  • PDF Format
  • 12 point Times New Roman font
  • 1.5 line spacing with 1" margins on all sides
  • A copy of the current CV, limited to 2 pages
  • Proposals may be no more than 2 pages in length, plus 2 pages for the CV
  • All proposals must be submitted electronically to Amanda Lovins

4. Deadlines

  • The submission deadline is October 1.
  • If this deadline falls on a holiday, it is extended to the following business day.
  • Awards will be announced by November 1.
  • All funds must be expended before the first day of classes of the subsequent fall semester.

Questions? Contact Lev Gasparov

2019-2020 Research/Creative Activities Travel Grant Award Winners