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Internal Faculty Funding

The Office of the Provost provides competitive internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities.

Research Grants

The Office of the Provost provides competitive internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities. All full-time tenured or tenure earning faculty and all term faculty are eligible to submit proposals. The Washington College of Law faculty are also eligible for this particular funding opportunity.

The awards are intended to provide financial support for the direct costs of pilot research studies, demonstration projects, feasibility studies or other forms of proof of concept, to enable faculty members to leverage the results and apply for external funds to support their research, scholarship or creative activities.

The application is now open until January 27, 2020.


College of Arts & Sciences 

Laurie Bayet and Nicole Caporino
Department of Psychology
Project Title: Electrophysiological Measures of Neural Sensitivity to Facial Emotion in Pediatric Social Anxiety

Braxton Boren
Department of Performing Arts
Project Title: Hearing Bach’s Music as Bach Heard It (Supplemental)

Kristina Crona
Department of Mathematics
Project Title: Predicting Microbial Evolution

Andrea Pearson
Department of Art
Project Title: Visualizing Convent Networks in the Low Countries, 1400-1700

Alexander Zestos, Victoria Connaughton, and David Kearns
Department of Chemistry
Project Title: Detection of Dopamine in Vivo in Zebrafish Using Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry

Kogod School of Business

Gwanhoo Lee
Department of Information Technology & Analytics
Project Title: A Cross-Cultural Field Study of the Economic Benefits and Unintended Consequences of Health Information Systems

School of Communication

Krzysztof Pietroszek
Department of Film and Media Arts
Project Title: Volumetric Storytelling

School of International Service

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace
Project Title: Mapping (Agrobio) Diverse Pathways to Nourishment

School of Public Affairs

Claudia Persico
Department of Public Administration and Policy
Project Title: Peers, Lead, and Low-Income Children’s Academic and Behavioral Outcomes

College of Arts and Sciences

Vikki Connaughton
Terry Davidson
Project Title: Linking Cognitive Dysfunction to Vascular Deterioration in Diabetes

Katie DeCicco-Skinner
Dave Carlini
Project Title: Identification of Genetic Mutations that Drive Skin Cancer

Tim Doud
Zoe Charlton
Project Title: "sindikit": Creative, Collaborative and Coworking Models

Matthew Hartings
Project Title: 3D Printed Cellulose Composites

Mark Laubach
Project Title: Optogenetic and Chemogenetic Studies on the Rodent Frontal Cortex

Gabriel Mathy
Project Title: Quantifying the Effect of Huey Long's Stimulus Program

Jessica Young
Project Title: Health Behaviors, Risks, and Outcomes in Economically Distressed Communities

Kogod School of Business

Michael Mowchan
Project Title: Remediating Audit Partner Disclosure in Negligence Cases

School of Communication

Ericka Menchen-Trevino
Project Title: Web Historian

Benjamin Stokes
Project Title: Empowering Neighborhoods to Design their Own Games

School of Professional and Extended Studies

Jeffrey Crouch
Project Title: The Unitary Executive: Myth and Presidential Power

School of Public Affairs

Todd Eisenstadt
Jie Lu
Matthew Wright
Project Title: The Politics of Climate Change-Induced Migration in Bangladesh and Beyond

Erdal Tekin
Project Title: The Impact of Exposure to Stress in Utero on Birth Outcomes

Other Internal Opportunities

The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning offers faculty awards and grants to support teaching and research. For more information, please go HERE.

The Awards for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring: these competitive awards recognize excellence in the mentoring of master's and doctoral students. Each award will include a stipend of $1,000.00. Applications may be submitted by faculty in all of American University's academic units (CAS, KSB, Library, SIS, SOC, SOE, SPA, SPExS and WCL). All full-time faculty members (tenure earning, tenured, and term) are eligible to apply for consideration for either award.

For the Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring, preference will be given to a faculty member who emphasizes research-related mentoring. For the Award for Excellence in Master's Student Mentoring, applicants may emphasize either research mentoring or professional mentoring activities.

2019 Award For Excellence In Doctoral Student Mentoring:
Sharon Weiner
Associate Professor
School of International Service

2019 Award for Excellence in Master's Student Mentoring:
Thespina Yamanis
Assistant Professor
School of International Service