The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the launch of a new program to support scholarship by Danforth Campus tenure-track and tenured faculty through the associate professor level in response to the pandemic. This program will offer support in the form of course releases, as well as research and publication grants to eligible faculty. Additional supports, including faculty scholarships for NCFDD’s Faculty Success Program and writing retreats will also be provided through this program. These supports will be offered beginning in Fall 2022 and will extend through the Spring 2024.

Research Support – Course Releases

To help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the loss of research productivity and lack of access to research sites and sources, the Office of the Provost will offer faculty the opportunity to apply for competitive course releases for Spring 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024. The possibility of receiving a course release will be offered to all untenured assistant and associate (law and business school) professors. In limited cases, tenured associate professors whose path to promotion was disrupted by the pandemic may also be eligible. Applications must be approved by department chairs and deans to ensure that there will be no disruptions to course schedules if faculty have a course release. 

Research, Creative Activity and Publication Grants

To support faculty research, creative activity and publishing, the Office of the Provost will offer research and publication grants to support untenured assistant and associate professors and in limited cases tenured associate professors whose path to promotion was disrupted by the pandemic. 

Research and creative activity grants of up to $20,000 will be available to support faculty research and creative projects, including but not limited to expenses for travel, equipment, research materials, and graduate student assistance. 

Some larger research grants of up to $50,000 will be available to cover equipment and staffing costs, and other research expenses.

Publication grants of up to $6,000 will be available to cover costs associated with publishing books and other research projects, including but not limited to indexing, editing, translation, and publishing subventions.

Process for Submitting a Request

Faculty requesting a research grant or course release should provide the information requested in this form. Grant requests for the Fall 2022 and course release requests for the Spring 2023 must be made no later than May 5, 2022. The information and justification should be submitted to the faculty member’s dean, who will then make a recommendation to the Provost’s office (for a course release, the dean will consult with the faculty member’s department chair where relevant). Requests for support should be sent to the appropriate school contact listed below*. Requests will initially be prioritized for faculty members who are one to two years away from tenure, have significant responsibilities caring for others, and/or for whom the pandemic has led to significant obstacles in research productivity.

NOTE: Eligibility is further limited to tenure-track faculty whose tenure promotion process has not yet begun; and faculty who are not currently on a terminal reappointment.

*Requests for support should be sent to the school contacts listed below:

Arts and Sciences, Andrew Brown,

Brown School, Jacque Pullen,

Law School, Scott Baker.

McKelvey School of Engineering, Jessica Wagenseil,

Olin School of Business, Robyn LeBoeuf,  

Sam Fox School, Lauren Hanahan,

Please contact the Faculty Affairs and Diversity area of the Provost’s Office at with any questions.

Additional Support Available

Mentoring Programs for Early Career Tenure-Track Faculty and Mid-Career Faculty

The Office of the Provost is sponsoring two new mentoring programs for early career tenure-track faculty and mid-career faculty (tenure-track and TRaP).  These programs will begin in September 2022. 

The application deadline for both programs has been extended to August 1, 2022.

Funding to Participate in NCFDD Faculty Success Program

The Office of the Provost will sponsor assistant and associate professors to participate in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Faculty Success Program during academic years 2022-23 and 2023-24.  If you would like to participate in the Fall 2022 Faculty Success Program, please send your name, department/school, rank, and a brief justification (up to 200 words) to by June 1, 2022.

Writing Retreat

The Office of the Provost is sponsoring a writing retreat for assistant and associate professors in August 2022. This retreat will take place off campus over a 3-day/2-night period and will be facilitated by faculty affairs and diversity faculty fellows and staff.  An online registration form is available here. The deadline for the August retreat registration is June 1, 2022.