Research Resources for Faculty

External Research and Scholarship Opportunities

The Ohio State University Office of Research maintains a database of over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 sponsors. This website also provides links to University-wide research policies and training opportunities.  
Office of Research Database

The Arts and Sciences Research Office also maintains searchable Google spreadsheet of opportunities targeted towards ASC faculty, postdocs, and graduate students.  
ASC Spreadsheet of Research Funding Opportunities

ASC faculty are welcome to suggest additions to this list.

You may also view additional research/scholarship relevant guidelines (e.g. cost-sharing, F&A, course buyout) within Arts and Sciences (OSU Login Required).

Internal Research and Scholarship Opportunities

Note: Columbus campus faculty, resources are allocated by division. If in doubt as to which division your department is part of, consult your department chair. Regional campus faculty grant is at the bottom of the page.

Arts and Humanities

The Faculty Research and Creative Activity Support programs outlined below apply to all tenure-track faculty members on the Columbus campus in the departments and schools of the Division of Arts and Humanities. Some programs are also available to regional campus faculty in Arts and Humanities, where specified; regional campus faculty should also contact their Dean or Director for information about local support opportunities.

General Conditions

Associated faculty, lecturers, instructors, and others on term assignments, visiting faculty, and emeritus faculty will not ordinarily receive consideration for these awards. Arts and Humanities resources are available to continuing faculty only: faculty who announce their termination to begin employment at another institution, or who are notified of the nonrenewal of their appointments, are ineligible for these funds.

Recipients of awards should acknowledge the aid of Arts and Humanities in any publication, performance, or exhibit resulting from a granting of funds.​

Small Grants Program

A new Small Grants Program replaces the old Grant-in-Aid program.
The Small Grants have a rolling deadline and are divided into four sub-categories:

  1. International Travel – up to $2,500
  2. Exhibition, Performance, and Studio Work – up to $1,500
  3. Manuscript Preparation – up to $1,500
  4. Publication Subvention – up to $2,000 (department matching funds required)

For questions, please contact Stephen Petrill at

Larger Grants Program

The Larger Grants Program funds individual and collaborative scholarship in the Arts and Humanities. The program supports tenure track faculty conducting research in the arts or humanities or creative activity.  The Larger Grants have a single Autumn Semester deadline (October 24) and are divided into three sub-categories:

1.  New Project Grants

  • Individual faculty grants – up to $10,000
  • Collaborative faculty grants – up to $20,000

2.  Completion Grants

  • Individual faculty grants – up to $7,500

3.  Conference Support Grants

  • Faculty grants – up to $20,000


For questions, please contact Valarie Williams at

External Grant Preparation Support

Arts and Humanities faculty have available to them several resources to support the search for external funding for research and creative activity.  These resources include:

  1. Finding Funding.  For general information about an array of grant services available, consult the “Finding Funding” section of the Office of Sponsored Programs website.  The manager of that site is Jeff Agnoli, Officer for Funding and Research Development (, who will be able to assist you with a targeted search for available grant opportunities.
  2. Grant Writing and Management.  For general information and advice about professional development planning, and to develop proposals for grants and sponsored programs, contact Stephen Petrill, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research (
  3. Grant Submission.  For information about federally supported programs and other sponsored research, including the preparation of grants for submission to external organizations, contact Christine Hamble at the Office of Sponsored Programs (  Please ensure that the Office of Sponsored Programs is notified of all pending applications for funding from sponsored programs well before the application deadline.

External Fellowship Subsidies

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact: Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Dean (

The division reserves funds each year to use in supporting faculty research. SBS currently operates three programs: Small Grants, International Travel Grants, and Special Grants. These are described briefly below. All materials must be submitted electronically to

The purpose of all of these grants is to promote research. All applications require a letter to the division indicating the purpose of the request. All applications must be accompanied by a statement from the applicant’s chair or director indicating approval of the request. An important goal for the division is to increase external funding of research activities. Thus, letters of application are most useful when they request funds that will:

  1. supplement external funds, e.g., at the end of a grant;
  2. provide pilot data or preliminary work for preparing a grant application;
  3. allow you to present findings at an international conference where the work is related to funded research; or
  4. fund some item of equipment used in a stream of funded research.

The division will continue to support research that does not show obvious prospect of garnering external funds, although such support cannot be our highest priority.

These programs are limited to faculty on the main Columbus campus. Colleagues from regional campuses can apply to the College of the Arts and Sciences Regional Faculty Grant Program for funds to support their research.

Small Grants

The Small Grant program allows applicants to request up to $4000 for research-related purposes. There is no limit on how often a faculty member may apply, but these funds are intended to benefit many faculty members, and thus repeated applications by a single faculty member may be discouraged. Items that can be purchased with these funds include (but are not limited to) equipment and software clearly related to a stream of research, payment for research participants, hourly support for graduate students or other research personnel, purchase of data sets, etc. Your award letter will indicate that you have up to twelve months to spend your funds. We have stopped approving these grants for amounts less than $1000 in order to reduce administrative costs; researchers with specific needs for smaller amounts can request funds to extend their research agenda so as to bring the sum to at least $1,000 (but no more than $4,000).

As mentioned above, a letter describing the purpose of the request and how the funds will be used, as well as a statement of approval from the applicant’s chair or director, are required.

International Travel Grants

International Travel Grants are intended to provide support for faculty researchers who are presenting findings at an international meeting (except for those meeting on the North American continent). For this program, up to $2000 may be requested from the Division with a required match from the applicant’s department of at least 1/4 of that amount.

To apply for these funds, applicants must supply a letter requesting the funds, some documentation of the paper to be presented (e.g., page from the meeting program listing the presentation, letter of invitation from the session or meeting organizer), and a statement from the department chair or director approving the request and certifying the departmental matching funds.

Special Grants

The division continues to administer a program of Special Grants to address a variety of research needs that exceed the $2000 Small Grant limit. For this program, a 1/3 match from a departmental account is required. Special Grants may be requested to help fund such things as international travel for the purpose of data collection (as opposed to attending a conference), cost-sharing in submitting a proposal for external funding, purchase of equipment to be shared among a group of researchers, etc. The department and Division must agree that the need is significant enough to justify the level of investment required.

To apply for these funds, a description of the research to be performed, proposal to be submitted, or equipment to be purchased must be provided to the Division. In addition, a statement of endorsement from the chair or director that certifies the departmental 1/3 match is required.

Regional Campus Faculty Research/Creative Activity

Funds intended to support research and creative activities of tenure-track faculty on regional campuses. Activities may include travel for research and research-related conferences, but may not be used to support activities related to teaching and service.

Applications for the autumn competition are due Wednesday, November 23, 2016 for projects beginning January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. Applications for the spring competition are due Monday, April 3, 2017 for projects beginning July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The maximum amount they can ask for is $2,000 per year.

Before beginning your online application, please have the following ready to be uploaded to the application.

  • Proposal with detailed research/creative activity plan (maximum of three pages)
  • Detailed budget for items requested in the grant, including any relevant documentation
  • Short CV (maximum of three pages)

Note: If special protocols (e.g., human subjects, animal use, etc.) are involved in your proposal, you will need to indicate that you have secured, or plan to secure approval for your project from the appropriate institutional board.

For questions, contact Stephen Petrill, Associate Dean for Research at

Apply for Regional Research/Creative Activity Funding