Faculty Development Fund

The Faculty Development Fund (FDF) provides financial support for a multitude of research expenses such as conference travel and research assistant wages. These grants are primarily intended for faculty looking to fund preliminary projects that will lead to applying for funding from outside sources. There are two funding cycles in the College of Arts and Sciences (one in the fall and a one in the spring).

Faculty are responsible for tracking expenditures and their FDF account (FOAP) balances, avoiding overdrawing their account, and returning any unused funds to the collective CAS FDF fund in a timely manner.

How to apply

For Fall 2019, the FDF application deadline will be Friday, September 6th at 11:59 p.m. This earlier deadline is needed during this cycle because new accounts will need to be created for these awards, which will delay the availability of funds by 3-4 weeks.

We offer an FDF Workshop each semester, in which we go over the structure and funding of the FDF, walk through the basics of the application process and guidelines, and answer any FDF-related questions you might have. If you were unable to attend, you can view the slides from and video of the most recent workshop.

The FDF application site is now open.

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How to check your account balance and track your spending

Please watch this video demonstrating the Balance Query process.

Please see the Tracking Tools in the Post-Award section for FDF award tracking sheets and Research Assistant tracking sheets.

Please make sure you understand the deadlines for using funds in O FOAPs and E FOAPs (and for returning to the CAS pool funds you discover you won't be using). This information is attached to your award letter, and also addressed in the Post-Award FAQ section. You can also consult this chart summarizing deadlines.


Faculty Development Fund Committee members