Engaged Scholarship Research Grants

The Engaged Scholarship Research Grant (ESRG) program is a new internal effort by the Provost's Office and the Engaged Scholarship Committee designed to promote engaged scholarly activity among University faculty and students. At the University of Memphis, Engaged Scholarship involves faculty members and students partnering with community groups to pursue academic projects in a sustained and interdisciplinary manner that: (a) connect pertinent social questions/issues with community partners' practical goals; (b) promote productive and reciprocal relationships between the university and the community; and (c) result in scholarly products, such as peer-reviewed publications, peer-reviewed collaborative reports, professional documents, documentation of impact, and external funding.

The goals of the Engaged Scholarship Research Grants are to provide seed funds for engaged: (1) research projects that will produce pilot data for proposals to be submitted to outside funding agencies; (2) scholarly/creative activities that are likely to lead to student learning and retention; (3) research partnerships that are likely to lead to outside funding or recognition of the faculty member, his or her department, the University and the community partner; and (4) projects that support mutually beneficial community-university partnerships.

Grants may be funded up to a maximum of $6,500 for travel, equipment, supplies, faculty summer salary (up to $4,500), stipends for student assistants (though funds for tuition and fees are not permitted), and other expenses. Funding for this program is provided by the Provost's Office: Student Recruitment and Retention funds. Therefore, it is expected that ESRG funded projects will actively and directly include undergraduate and/or graduate students. Award Announcements will be made by the end of April 2016.The Engaged Scholarship Committee is currently accepting proposals.

Download and view the application guidelines. The deadline for submitting is Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5 pm.

If you have questions about the ESRGs, please contact Katherine Lambert-Pennington (almbrtpn@memphis.edu or 678-2080) or Nicole Thompson (nlthmpsn@memphis.edu or 678-2459).

Strengthening Communities Initiative

The Strengthening Communities Initiative (SCI) provides funding to support the development and implementation of collaborative and innovative community projects that build the capacity of grassroots and community-based organizations. Click here to learn more about the Strengthening Communities Initiative.