Faculty Foundation Grants

As of the 2020-21 academic year Faculty Foundation Grants are no longer available. 

About Faculty Foundation Grants

Faculty Foundation Grants, funded by The Evergreen State College Foundation, provide faculty with funding to cover the costs of conducting and sharing research or completing other scholarly and creative projects. Recipients will be selected by the Grant Review committee each fall. The Academic Deans' area supports the committee and administers the competitions.

Here is a document listing previous Faculty Foundation Grant recipients and their projects (PDF).


Continuing, term, library, administrative, and adjunct faculty who, at the time awards are offered, meet the conditions of article 15 of the current collective bargaining agreement will be eligible for funding. Funding is available during periods when faculty are on contract with the college for the current quarter or have a contract for the next quarter. Faculty who are eligible for both the traditional Sponsored Research award and this Foundation-funded award may apply for and, if selected, receive both. Eligible faculty may apply as teams for a single project.

Award Terms and Amounts

Awards are usually announced near the beginning of winter quarter and may be accessed for eligible expenses upon notification. Funds must be spent by the beginning of the following fall quarter.  Awards are limited to one per academic year with an upper limit of $5,000 per faculty member--i.e., individual faculty applicants are limited to $5,000, a team of two faculty members to $10,000, and so on. Smaller requests are encouraged. 

Allowable Expenses

Travel not specifically funded by the regular travel budget. Faculty could apply for money to conduct research, collaborate with colleagues, etc.

Travel beyond the biennial limit for faculty. Faculty could apply for money to attend conferences, present research or fulfill professional duties at conferences, etc.

Publications and subscriptions for research needs – monographs, series, books, journals, online databases, etc. Publications and subscriptions will need to be purchased by the Library and will become part of the Library collections once the faculty member has completed the project.

Equipment and consumables required for completion of projects. Equipment will need to be purchased by the appropriate college purchasing agent (Lab Stores, Media Loan, Computing, etc.) and will become part of college inventory once the faculty member has completed the project.

Compensation for time worked at a base full-time rate of $200 per day for (minus benefits, comparable to entry-level faculty salaries) for work done when faculty are not on contract or paid leave, or are on contract less than full time.

Less-than-full-time faculty on contract will receive prorated daily compensation to bring them up to 1.0 FTE at the time of the project. (For example, a half-time faculty could get $100 per day while teaching; a three-quarter time faculty would be eligible for up to $50 per day; etc. Faculty teaching full time during the proposed project period would not be eligible for compensation.)

Compensation may be for a maximum of 20 days total at whatever rate the faculty is eligible to achieve 1.0 FTE. (For example, 20 days at $200 a day for regular faculty in non-contracted periods, or $4,000; or 20 days at $100 per day for Adjunct or Visiting faculty teaching half time, or $2,000; etc.)

Compensation will be allowable only for those days where a faculty is engaged in active research or meetings relevant to the project.


The review committee will assess each application based on the:

  • Significance and merit of the project with regards to college's curricular offerings, services or resources
  • Potential benefit to the applicant's research and scholarship 
  • Reasonableness of the budget
  • Thoroughness of the application. 

Selection for this award will have no bearing on selection for any other awards for which an applicant may have applied unless the applicant has proposed the same activities in another grant proposal that has subsequently received funding. Committee members will compare Foundation Grant and regular Sponsored Research applications from the same applicant to ensure the same activities do not receive double funding.

Application Procedures:

An application consists of a two to three-page narrative proposal and budget. Letters of recommendation are not required and will not be considered in the review of an application. The narrative proposal should begin with the project title and the applicant's name, e-mail address and campus telephone number. The narrative needs to include and will be evaluated according to the following elements:

  • The purpose, broad scope and relevance of the proposed work (i.e., introduce what are you doing and explain why is it important)
  • A statement of the author's professional agenda showing how the proposed activity fits into that agenda (i.e., address how this project supports and benefits your research, scholarship and/or other professional goals)
  • Details of your plans for carrying out the proposed activities, including a timeline.

The budget section should clearly delineate that the funds requested are reasonable and adequate for meeting the needs of the project and should include the following:

  • Why grant funds are required to carry out this work
  • Compensation for time worked (hours and amount), if any
  • A budget for non-salary items, if any
  • Information concerning other sources of expected remuneration for the proposed activity, if any.

Applications for Faculty Foundation Grants are due Friday October 25 at 5:00 pm and may be submitted to academicgrants@evergreen.edu or in person to the Academic Deans, Library 2002. Submission of a single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.

Applicants may find it helpful to review the following slide presentation: Writing proposals for peer review.

Sample Applications

With permission from the applicants, we are pleased to offer samples of past Faculty Foundation Grant proposals that received funding.

Maria Bastaki -- Estrogenic effects of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a persistent contaminant found in common consumer products

Anne Fischel and Lin Nelson -- No Borders: Communities Living and Working with ASARCO

R. T. Leverich -- Stone Sculpture: Land Forms

Richard Weiss -- The Application of Computer Vision to Robotics and Multimedia Art

Elizabeth Williamson -- The High Road to Hell: Antitheatricalism in England and America

For more information, contact Karen Gaul, Academic Dean, (360) 867-6009.