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Internal Funding

Funding makes it more possible to challenge unproven theorems, find answers to plaguing questions, and enrich the depth of knowledge in our scholarly community.

Mason's Office of the Provost is proud to oversee and administer a wide variety of funding initiatives that recognize the achievements of our stellar faculty. With a commitment to fairness, transparency, and the peer review process, we forge ahead to a future of renewed possibilities.

Funding opportunities abound through a variety of channels including:

Office of the Provost

Multidisciplinary Research Initiative

This competitive and collaborative program awards funding cross-disciplinary research projects formed along a strategic theme. This initiative activates the Mason strategic goal of advancing research findings across multiple schools and departments

Study Leave for Tenured Faculty

Provides paid temporary leave for the support of advancing scholarly research, teaching, and/or creative activity, including development of innovative teaching approaches and methods.

Application or Nomination Due: October

Application or Nomination Criteria:
• Curriculum Vitae (Past Period of Performance)
• Project Proposal
• Study Leave Report (if applicable)
• Dean’s Letter of Support
• Institutional Permission (if applicable)

Decision Making Criteria
Study leaves will be awarded on the basis of either the collective record of high quality past performance or of an exceptional record in any of the categories of past performance.Composition of Review Team
Final decisions are made by the Dean of the unit.

Curriculum Impact Grants

The 2018 Provost’s Curriculum Impact Grant (CIG) is a seed grant program that supports the generation of innovative curricular ideas and pilot programs that enhance Mason Impact and other cross-unit, multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate curriculum development activities. The Faculty and Curricular Activities committee and a team of peer reviewers evaluated 20 highly competitive submissions and selected 12 curricular projects to fund. These projects represent an impressive array of collaborations across colleges and schools aiming to create high-impact learning experiences for students, deepening their engagement and development, and preparing them for substantive impact on the world.

The Provost's Office is committed to continuing our support for curriculum innovation efforts. Please save the date for the next Curriculum Impact Grant workshop and proposal cycle, which will begin with a half-day workshop on April 5, 2019. Current CIG awardees will present their progress on their projects, and attendees will be invited to collaborate and learn about the guidelines for the next round of Impact Grants.

Proposal writing workshop: April 5th, 2019
Grant proposal deadline: May 31, 2019
Award notices sent out: June 17, 2019 (tentative)
Grant work begins: July 1, 2019


4-VA Collaborative

Provides support for collaborative research that crosses institutional boundaries; STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); and course redesign. Funded and supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Office of the Provost oversees the 4-VA grant program at Mason.

Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR)

Summer Impact Grants
Provide support for summer research projects based around a central theme, question, or problem. Projects will be run by at least two faculty members and include from four to ten undergraduate students.

University Libraries

Fenwick Fellow Program Provides support to Mason faculty members who pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field.

Distinguished Library Faculty Award – Recognizes a library faculty for their exceptional performance in their scholarship and service.

University Life

University Life Faculty Fellows Program – Provides support for Mason faculty to collaborate with University Life departments on projects that connect faculty interests and expertise with University Life and student needs.

University Life Programming Grants – Provide support to programs that build community; promote faculty/staff/student interactions; celebrate cultural diversity; use the institution’s technology resources; increase collaboration across units within the university; and coordinate and align with University Life events.