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  • Internal Opportunities

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      • Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

        General Overview
        The Internal Grant Programs at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) provide financial support for the creative activities and research of faculty and staff across all academic disciplines. These programs are administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) at SHSU under advice of the Faculty Research Council. The ORSP internal grant program is divided into four programs – Individual Scholarship, New Faculty, Interdisciplinary Collaborations, and Pilot Studies for Future Funding. Additionally, ORSP's Center for Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (EURECA) hosts two funding programs – Faculty and Student Teams (FAST) and Student Travel Awards for Professional Presentation (STAPP).

        Internal Grants Overview

        ORSP (Closed until FY24):


      • Academic Affairs

          Office of Assessment

          Assessment Mini-Grant

          The Office of Assessment has funding available for assessment-related activities in the form of competitive Assessment Mini-Grants. These grants are available to all faculty and staff at SHSU to help fund new or ongoing assessment practices within programs, offices, or departments; or to all faculty and staff to help fund travel to make an assessment-related presentation at a professional conference. The application becomes available by February 1 for the following academic year, and is due to Assessment by the last Friday in May. The application and additional information are available at the Assessment Mini-Grant website.

          Typical Award: $700-$1,000
          Expected Funding: $15,000
          Max Award: $1,000

          Point of contact: Tama Hamrick (; 936-294-1536)

          Engaging Classrooms QEP

          General Overview

          The Engaging Classrooms QEP is a 5-year initiative to incorporate and institutionalize active learning and engagement at SHSU. Engaging Classrooms has three internal grant programs to achieve the QEP’s goals: Engaging Spaces, Teaching Innovation Grants (TIGs) and Odyssey Grants.

          Engaging Spaces (Team Collaboration Program)

          The Engaging Spaces program invites a team of instructors to reimagine an existing space and submit a proposal that transforms the space into an active learning classroom. Proposal teams must contain at least one tenure-track faculty member and can contain up to three other instructors. Selected proposals will share ownership of the renovated classroom with the Engaging Spaces program and there will be certain renovations that are non-negotiable to remain consistent with our QEP mission. The Engaging Spaces Committee will act as the liaison for the selected proposals and work with SHSU Facilities and IT to achieve the vision of the proposal. The Call for Proposals and application can be found on our website.

          Application Cycle: September – December
          Grant Period: Remainder of Spring semester at the end of the application cycle to the
          end of the next Summer
          Expected Funding: $150,000
          Typical Award: $50,000 - $100,000

          Teaching Innovation Grant (Team Collaboration Program)

          The Teaching Innovation Grant (TIG) supports teams of instructors to implement innovative active learning techniques in the classroom. While based in a researched pedagogical backdrop, these techniques should be both novel, either locally or globally, and grounded in inclusive, student-centered teaching. By its nature, the Teaching Innovation Grant can be used to fund a broad range of topics, and applicants are encouraged to be creative. In teams of 2-5 members within a single department or across disciplines, instructors of any rank will innovate the teaching strategies of a particular course or set of courses. The Call for Proposals and application can be found on our website.

          Application Cycle: October – December
          Grant Period: Spring following the end of application cycle to the end of the next Spring
          Expected Funding: $60,000
          Typical Award: $4,000 - $8,000
          Odyssey Grant (Individual Scholarship Program)

          Odyssey Grants are individual travel grants that are available to all instructors at SHSU. These travel grants fund faculty to attend professional development conferences or workshops that are primarily or exclusively focused on active learning. Educational conferences will have priority over educational sessions at a conference that is research focused. Examples of workshop opportunities and the application can be found on our website. Instructors who receive an Odyssey Grant will be expected to share their experience with the SHSU community.

          Application cycle: Rolling (September 1-August 31)
          Max Award: $2,000

      • College of Criminal Justice

          Each year the College of Criminal Justice sets aside a portion of its Recovered Indirect Costs to fund research that has the greatest potential for the highest positive impact on criminal justice practice as determined by a college-wide Research Committee convened for that purpose. The Associate Dean for Faculty Development determines the amount available from year to year depending on the previous year’s RIDC allocation and existing reserves and distributes the funds in accord with recommendations from the Research Committee. For more information, please contact Dr. Randy Garner (

      • College of Education

          The College of Education does not have any formal internal grant programs currently.

      • College of Health Sciences

          Research Grant Program

          The College of Health Sciences (COHS) provides several competitive grants for faculty and students to carry out research, scholarship, and creative projects. These grants support faculty and students’ research endeavors from design through peer-reviewed dissemination (e.g., conference presentation, journal article, external grant submission). Annual appropriation of available funds depends on the number of applications received. COHS tenure-track faculty receive priority in fund allocations.

          Allsubmissions are due 1 OCT. The Associate Dean for Research and selected COHS faculty will review the grants and make final determinations for distribution of funding. All applicants will receive comments about their grant application within 30 days of the submission deadline.

          Grant proposals are treated as confidential and will only be shared with members of the COHS Research Committee. The Associate Dean of Research will retain copies of funded research proposals. Names and project titles of funded projects will be released to all COHS faculty and placed on the COHS website.

          Two of the grants available:

          1. Faculty Research and Creative Scholarship Grant – This grant provides support for the development and implementation of research and creative projects.
            1. Purpose: To encourage and provide support for COHS faculty to develop and implement research or creative projects.
            2. Award: Maximum award is $7500
            3. Eligibility: All full-time COHS faculty members with continuing nine-month academic appointments. Research projects must be new endeavors, with priority given to inter-disciplinary projects.
            4. Qualifying expenses: Funds may be used to purchase equipment, software licenses, and database information, provide support for research personnel, payment to research participants, summer salary (≤ 50% of the total award) and travel costs directly related to the project for training or conducting the research. This grant does not cover publication costs or travel costs for presenting results of the research.
          2. Student Research and Travel Grant – This grant will provide funds needed for students to conduct a supervised research project or attend a conference to present their research.
            1.  Purpose: To provide funds needed for students to conduct a supervised research project OR attend a conference to present their research.
            2. Award: Maximum award is $400
            3. Eligibility: Full-time COHS undergraduate and graduate students working with a faculty mentor/advisor on a research project or creative work, with priority given to students who have not received this funding in the past.
            4. Qualifying expenses: Funds can be used for one of two options: 1) to support a research project through the purchase of research equipment, chemicals/cleaning supplies, software programs, and other necessary equipment to complete the project, OR 2) to pay for travel to present scholarly work at a state, regional, national, or international conference. Funds may be used to support graduate thesis work.

          3. Contact: Dr. Jennifer Bunn
            Phone: 936-294-2393

          Collaborative Research Cluster Initiative

          To promote the SHSU strategic goal of academic excellence, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) invites proposals to develop CHSS faculty-led interdisciplinary research clusters that build partnerships based on shared strengths of expertise to address industry or community needs and help leverage external funding for sustained research support. Bringing together faculty, graduate students, or external stakeholders from different disciplines for exchange and collaboration, the research clusters aim to encourage a broadened scope of scholarship that enhances the profile and competitiveness of CHSS faculty research.

          Application Guidelines:
          All tenured and tenure-track CHSS faculty are eligible to apply as the PI of the proposed research cluster. Applications must include the following materials:

          • An application that includes the name of the research cluster, project title, name and contact information for the PI and Co-PI, cluster members’ names and affiliations, and a brief description of the project and its purpose;
          • A narrative (maximum 1000 words) that outlines the goals of the cluster, its proposed activities, and the background and expertise of the cluster members;
          • A short version of the PI’s and Co-PI’s CV(s) with a focus on key scholarly accomplishments;
          • A schedule/timetable of proposed activities and estimated budget

          Application must be submitted through Microsoft Office Form titled “Collaborative Research Cluster -CHSS” by 5 p.m. on December 15, 2022. Form can be found on the CHSS website under the Faculty Resources tab. Materials submitted after the deadline or that do not follow the stated guidelines will not be considered. A Review Committee will evaluate all the proposals and make recommendations to the CHSS Dean. All applicants will be notified in January 2023 when the selection process is concluded. Selection criteria include:

          • The significance of the cluster for interdisciplinary research;
          • The clarity and achievability of the goals and measurable impacts of the proposed cluster with respect to SHSU strategic priorities;

          Award Description

          For the 2022-23 academic year, CHSS will award funding to a maximum of five research clusters on a competitive basis. Successful applications will receive $4,000 to support their cluster activities as seed funding to create opportunities for collaborative work, with a view toward the development of joint projects, publications, and/or grant applications. Cluster activities include, but are not limited to, work-in-progress meetings, networking events, workshops, training sessions, and exploratory trips. Funding may be used for the following purposes: costs related to guest speaker(s) deemed necessary to advancing the cluster’s central project; costs related to the development of grant proposals for external funding; the purchase of research materials required for the advancement of the cluster’s project; research participants; and/or travel to a venue of relevance to the cluster’s research. A maximum of $400 may be spent on food/beverages. Research cluster expenditures must follow the SHSU guidelines related to purchases, procurement, and travel. The PI will serve as the primary contact for funding-related communications. All funds must be spent by August 15, 2023. Any unused funds are returned to CHSS afterwards. The PI is responsible for submitting a final report to CHSS Dean’s Office by September 30, 2023, reviewing the outcomes of the events, activities, proposed project, and future plan.

          For questions, email

      • College of Osteopathic Medicine

          Medical Summer Scholars Program

          The Medical Summer Scholars Program is available to first and second year SHSU-COM students. It is a competitive summer research internship designed to expose students to preclinical/laboratory, clinical medicine, and educational/community health research. Students apply to work with any SHSU faculty with ongoing summer research with an expected time commitment of 30 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition to their research project, students may be asked to participate in a didactic lecture series specific to conducting and presenting research or shadow PI, colleagues, or specialists. All students are required to present an oral research presentation or poster presentation under the guidance of their SHSU faculty mentor. Eligible students submit the official Medical Summer Scholars Program Application and Student Ranking Forms and all supporting documentation to by the first Friday of May.

          Typical Award: $2500.00
          Expected funding: $25,000.00

           Intramural Grant Program

          The Intramural Grant Program is a competitive grant application available to all faculty, students, and staff at the SHSU-COM. This program is intended to support preclinical/laboratory, clinical medicine, and educational/community health research scholarship. The applications are peer reviewed and allocated based on criteria that align with the mission of the COM and SHSU. These criteria include but are not limited to projects associated with rural and underserved communities, collaboration across disciplines, and the engagement of students. Eligible students submitting grants must have an SHSU PI. All applications must be submitted through the Intramural Research Program in the SHSU COM Intramural Grant Portal folder. There are 2 application cycles, the first closes in November and the second closes in May.

          Typical Student Award: $2500.00
          Expected funding: $20,000.00
          Max Award: $5,000.00

          Typical Faculty/Staff Award: $7500.00
          Expected funding: $100,000.00
          Max Award: $10,000.00

      • College of Science and Engineering Technology

          Undergraduate Research Awards

          COSET faculty are eligible to apply for the COSET Undergraduate Research Award. Full-time undergraduate students enrolled at SHSU during the spring semester are eligible to be team members. However, students graduating in spring semester are eligible for the spring award only. Faculty mentors may submit only one proposal. At least six proposals are expected to be funded. Faculty who have applied for a summer EURECA FAST grant are ineligible to apply for a spring COSET award for the same project but are encouraged to apply for the summer COSET award if not funded by EURECA. If a faculty member would like to submit a proposal for a different project (with different student team members) compared to one submitted for the EURECA FAST award, they are eligible for either the spring semester or summer COSET award. Prior submission of a EURECA FAST proposal is not a requirement to be eligible for a COSET award. Faculty members not funded for the spring semester COSET award may resubmit for the summer COSET award.

          Typical Award: $2,000-$4,500
          Expected Funding: $20,000
          Max Award: $4,500

          Contact: Dr. Li-Jen Lester
          Phone: 936-294-1326
          Program Description: here

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