Research Support

Identifying Research Funding Support

So, you have a proposal starting to take form for a project (the focus could be on research, instruction, public service or a creative activity), and you want to identify a potential avenue for funding. Where do you turn to find a source of funding for your work? The purpose of this page is to provide you with some information on existing internal funding sources as well as provide links to finding outside sponsors for your project.

Lake Campus Faculty Development

Submission Deadlines – November 30, 2018
Purpose: The Lake Campus Professional Development Grant Program is a college specific funding program designed to provide funds for all faculty activities related to engaging professional development and growth, particularly for pursuits that facilitate faculty promotion or advancement where external funding is typically unavailable. Requests up to $2,000 per proposal will be considered. All faculty, including tenure eligible, instructors, and lecturers are encouraged to apply. Up to 6 faculty grants will be awarded during the 2018-19 academic year.
To apply, please prepare a proposal packet that includes, the following components:


(1)    Grant Cover Page
- Including Project Name, Investigator(s) Name, Date Submitted, Period of Performance, and Amount Requested

(2)    Project Narrative
- Narratives are not to exceed 3 pages and must include a timeline, statement of relevance to Lake Campus and community, as well as a statement as to how funding will aid in faculty professional advancement or promotion.

(3)    Investigator Qualifications
- Qualifications are not to exceed 1 page

(4)    List of Investigator’s Current Funding
- This must include both external and internal funding

(5)    Budget
- Please note that this budget expenses must not include conference related travel

Please see attached sample for format and style.


The proposal packet will be reviewed by an internal committee and applicants will be informed upon completion of review. Accepted applicants will be expected to complete all outlined activities by the aforementioned timeline. Funded applicants are expected to share their findings with their respective academic communities within one semester of the completion of the project. Appropriate venues for meeting this requirement include presenting at an academic conference, speaking at a community event, or publishing a manuscript. Additionally, funded applicants must present their findings at the spring Lake Campus Annual Research Symposium.


Note: Priority will be given to original project ideas from applicants who have not received funding the previous year. 

Lake Campus Student Mini Grants

Submission Deadline – Continual Submissions Accepted

Purpose:           The Lake Campus Student Centered Mini Grant Program is a college specific funding program designed to complement the faculty internal granting program. This program is intended to provide project funds for any student involved with faculty research. Requests up to $500 per proposal will be considered. Funds are designed to help offset costs of research materials, travel, and conference presentation expenses. All students are encouraged to apply. Students must have a faculty mentor. Up to $2,000 in student proposals will be awarded during the 2018-2019 academic year.

To apply, please prepare a proposal packet that includes:

(1)    Grant Cover Page;

(2)    Project Narrative [not to exceed two (2) pages];

- Must include a timeline and statement of relevance to Lake campus and community

(3)    Budget.

Please see attached sample for format and style.

The proposal packet will be reviewed by an internal committee and applicants will be informed upon completion of review. Accepted applicants will be expected to complete all outlined activities by the aforementioned timeline. Funded applicants are expected to share their findings with the Lake Campus through a student presentation, poster, or other activity in conjunction with their faculty mentor. 

Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Grant

Submission Deadlines – September 17, 2018 and January 21, 2019

Purpose:           The Western Ohio Educational Foundation was established in 1962 by a group of private citizens for the purpose of providing the means and facilities for the establishment and operation in West Central Ohio of a program of education beyond and above high school level. The Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization directed by a 25-member Board of Trustees who represent the higher educational interests of the Ohio counties of Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Van Wert and beyond. The Foundation is focused on supporting the success of the Lake Campus, a branch campus of Wright State University, and the students who attend there.

WOEF financial resources are intended to fill gaps in internal funding for scholarships, grants and loans that benefit the students who attend the Lake Campus. The Foundation anticipates receiving many more grant requests than it will be able to fund. In order to help make the difficult funding choices, the Board of Trustees has adopted the following guidelines.

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation have absolute discretion in selecting recipients of WOEF grants and in determining the amount of said grants. The Foundation Trustees may make such amendments and modifications of the Guidelines pertaining to the selection of grant recipients, the amount of each grant and the payment of grants as they, in their sole and absolute discretion, determine. 

To apply, please follow the attached guidelines and sample for format and style.

External Funding Support

- Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) - searchable grant databased maintained through the RSP homepage (http://www.wright.edu/rspVisit the RSP Gateway to log on.

- GRANTS.GOV – provides a searchable database of discipline specific funding opportunities (http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html)

- National Science Foundation (NSF) – listing of funding opportunities for the sciences arranged by program areas and specialties (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/)

- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – listing of funding opportunities for the humanities arranged by program areas and specialties (http://www.neh.gov/grants)

- National Institute of Health (NIH) – listing of funding opportunities for the medical and behavioral research grants (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html)

- AmeriCorps – database of grants for national and local humanities and service learning projects

 (http://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opport...)

- Ohio Sea Grant Funding Opportunities – listing of funding opportunities for the aquatic sciences arranged by program and specialties (http://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/archive/research/forms/)

- Ohio Humanities - listing of funding opportunities for the humanities arranged by program areas and specialties (http://www.ohiohumanities.org/grants1.html)

- Ohio History Connection - listing of funding opportunities for projects related to Ohio history (https://www.ohiohistory.org/preserve/local-history-office/history-fund)

- Ohio Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund – opportunity to submit proposals related to community and local service and research projects.

Prior to submission of university level grants, all materials must be reviewed and approved by your respective unit head.