DO you need to STRETCH your funds for a new idea or project?  New this year: Faculty STRETCH Grant Program

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so you may take advantage of this opportunity any time during the academic year!

The Faculty STRETCH Grant is designed to support activities that are closely aligned with the goals and objectives of Faculty Career Development (FCD) and the RIT community with regard to faculty success, leadership development, mentoring, or promotion/tenure by providing funds to RIT faculty and/or their Colleges to support related projects. The intention of these grants is faculty focused. The grants are intended to provide an opportunity to stretch dollars to support faculty with an idea or venture that is somewhat broad in scope, but impacts faculty within the College or across departments. This type of grant is intended ‘for the larger good’ of the College or department, not an individual’s personal professional development. Funding will be decided based on wider institutional impact.

The goal of this grant program is to provide support to help faculty and/or Colleges fund ideas related to:
- Improving work/life balance for faculty
- Enhancing/expanding mentoring for faculty (all ranks, at all stages of their academic career)
- Strengthening college/departmental organizational structures
- Supporting career advancement for faculty
- Dissemination of scholarly works
- Grant proposal development
- Interdisciplinary work
- Leadership development
- Nurturing a culture of inclusivity

Examples of appropriate expenditures might include guest speakers/speaker series, workshops, webinars, mini-conferences, symposia, poster sessions, interdisciplinary projects, initiatives to foster relationships/projects with our global campuses, or collaborations with other campuses or community partners. Funding for software or hardware acquisition, professional membership fees or licensure, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered.

ELIGIBILITY

All RIT full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Individual and group applications are welcome.

application PROCESS AND GUIDELINES

Grant applications will be accepted via the online application on a rolling cycle. All funded projects or activities should be completed during the fiscal year in which they are awarded (by June 30) with final reports submitted to Faculty Career Development as soon as possible upon completion of the project.

Applicants must submit:

  • Online application  - Applications must be submitted online by Monday, November 6, 5 pm

    • Sample application (Word document) - Use as a guide to complete your online application.  It is strongly recommended that you complete your application in a Word document, then copy/paste to the online form.

  • An email to the Faculty Career Development team at FCDS@rit.edu indicating you have submitted an application online.

FUNDING DECISIONS AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee and recipients will be notified within 2-3 weeks of the date of submission.  If you are awarded a grant, you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant.  All RIT policies must be adhered to for the use of these grant funds.  Click here to view RIT's Travel Policies & Procedures Manual

We would like to share your experience and request that all grant recipients help disseminate their results by completing a brief report as soon as possible following the project’s completion; your outcomes may be used on the FCD website or other materials.

Questions should be directed to the Faculty Career Development team at FCDS@rit.edu.