Research - Human Ecology Internal Funding Opportunities

Research funding is available to SoHE faculty through two competitive awards processes: Course release incentive funding and Centers discretionary research incentive funding.

School of Human Ecology Funding Opportunities

In 2019, Dean Shim launched the School of Human Ecology Research & Grant Investment Initiative. This involved allocating discretionary funds and program-specific funds to Human Ecology Research Leads and the Associate Dean for Research in support of the School's Strategic Goal #1: Increase productivity in research, scholarship and sponsored programs and support and Strategic Goal #2: Collaborate beyond SoHE to build strategic partnerships to solve real-world problems. 

These opportunities are handled as internal competitions and are coordinated by the Associate Dean for Research or the respective Center of Excellence. Each opportunity outlines the process for submitting an application and the eligibility requirements.

Course Release Incentive Applications

Purpose: Support faculty members’ course releases to allow time for developing promising external funding proposals.

Deadline: March 15 and August 15 in each year.
Instructions: Review the full text of the Course Release Incentive Announcement.  Preview the application questions.
How to Apply: Submit your application via Qualtrics link for a Course Release.

Centers Discretionary Research Funding

Funds for this initiative are to be used specifically to increase extramural grants and sponsored projects that would lead to greater impact in solving real-world problems. Each year, Research Leads release a call for proposals outlining the research priorities for that funding cycle and how to apply for the funding.

Refer to each Centers' funding opportunity below for application processes and award details.

Research - HDFS/CDL/P25 Discretionary Research Incentive Funding

Research - CommNS Discretionary Research Incentive Funding

Research - CFS Discretionary Research Incentive Funding

Research - DS/CDMC Discretionary Research Incentive Funding

Equity and Justice Network-Research Incentive Funding

Purpose: Support Equity and Justice scholarship with an emphasis on projects that support students, including:

  • Support areas of study & outreach focusing on equity and justice; resilience and strengths within BIPOC individuals, families, or communities; and/or antiracism
  • Support research and/or graduate/undergraduate student support
  • Add a new, E&J element to an ongoing project and/or expand existing scholarship
  • Disseminate scholarship from the E&J award to both academic and public audiences

How to Apply: Each Center of Excellence (see above section and links) has incorporated E&J support into proposal review and award processes for their respective Centers.

Equity and Justice Network-Community Leader-in-Residence (CLR) Program

Purpose: Join a faculty member and a graduate or undergraduate student with a community leader for a joint teaching, research/scholarship, or outreach/consultation project aimed at achieving Equity and Justice Network goals. Examples might include:

  • Develop a proposal for extramural funding
  • Design a workshop or training for instructors or researchers
  • Develop an exhibit
  • Review existing course curriculum to better address equity and justice

Funding Level: $25,000 (budget template)

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Instructions: Review the full text of the CLR Request for Applications

How to Apply: Submit applications via this Qualtrics link-E&J Net CLR

Research Expense Funding

Purpose: To support research expenses which are immediate or foundational in nature and may be needed to enhance competitiveness for preliminary or larger grant applications or scholarly activities.

Funding Level: Maximum $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

Instructions: Review the full text of the Research Expense Funding Announcement

How to apply: Submit your request via this Qualtrics link-Research Expense Funds

Mid-Career/Senior Faculty Support Awards: Postdoctoral Research Position

Purpose: Support tenured mid-career/senior faculty members whose work can substantially benefit from a research associate (postdoctoral) position award.

Funding Level: Up to two years of salary support for a postdoctoral researcher, plus small S&E budget

Deadline: September 1, 2021

Instructions: Read the full text of the Research Support for Mid-Career/Senior Faculty Researchers Announcement.

How to apply: Submit the following application materials via email to


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