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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

Curriculum Impact Grants support educational innovation that enhances Mason Impact and other cross-unit, multidisciplinary curriculum development activities. These grants help faculty in revising existing and developing new curricula that: (a) deepen student development in at least one of the characteristics defined by Mason Impact, and (b) increase percentage of Mason students who participate in some form of Mason Impact project. Priority in 2017-2018 was given to proposals that:

  • Scaffold undergraduate and/or graduate learning from intellectual discovery, to the development of specific knowledge and skills, and culminate in a high impact experience.
  • Engage faculty and staff from multiple units, departments, and divisions in sustainable multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Pilot models of multidisciplinary collaboration that are scalable and have potential to be expanded into new minors, concentrations, majors, and other programs.

Timeline for Curriculum 2018-2019 Impact Grants

Grant Workshop: April 20, 2018
Grant proposal deadline: June 1, 2018
Request for proposals available in April 2018.

2017 Curriculum Impact Grant Award Winners:

Curriculum Impact Committee

Andy Hoefer (Honors College)
Bethany Usher (Undergraduate Education)
Oscar Barton (Volgenau School of Engineering)
Paul Delamater (College of Science)
Kelly Dunne (School of Integrative Studies)
Lisa Gring-Pemble (School of Business)
Angela Hattery (College of Humanities & Social Sciences)
Mahesh Joshi (School of Business)
Lisa C. Kahn (College of Visual & Performing Arts)
Mara Schoeny (School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution)
Cathy Tompkins (College of Health & Human Services)
Jennifer Victor (Schar School of Policy & Government)

For more information you can email Andy Hoefer ( or Bethany Usher (

Summer Research Funding

Provides support for tenure-track and tenured faculty to engage in scholarly activity during the summer months.

Application or Nomination Due: October

Application or Nomination Criteria:
• Description of the Project
• Curriculum Vitae
• Budget
• Dean’s Letter of support

Decision Making Criteria
Reviewers will be asked to rate each proposal according to the following criteria:
• Value to the applicant
• Intrinsic merit of the project
• Quality of the approach
• Feasibility of the project within available resources

Composition of Review Team
The review team is composed of faculty members from several disciplines.

For more information, please contact the Office of Research at or (703) 993-2268.

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)

Course Scholarship Development Grants
Provide support for the design or redesign of courses in which students participate in the creation of original scholarly or creative projects, typically resulting in an RS designated course.

Summer Team Project 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.