North Central College - Naperville, IL

Grant Opportunities

This section includes resources and ideas to help instructors to find financial and other resources to support innovative teaching and learning and to fund the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Grantwriting/grantseeking Resources

NCC Director of Grants: Shelly Galasso

Developing a proposal - a number of guides from Indiana University

Grant alert services - receive an email when funding opportunities become available in your areas of interest


Internal Grant Opportunities

Summer Grants - click on the Professional Development tab

Professional Term Grants 

Faculty Stipends to Support Development of Technology-enhanced and Technology-enabled Courses


External Grant Opportunities

Academic Affairs Office - List compiled by Academic Affairs related to funding for personal scholarship and professional activities.


Federal and State Funding

Grants.Gov - Searchable access to twenty-six grant making agencies.

Dept. of Education - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

Dept. of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education - a variety of grant programs

Dept. of Education - Institute of Education Sciences - primarily for research on K-12 education

Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Education

Learn and Serve America - Higher Education Programs - "Higher Education programs expand participation in community service by supporting innovative service-learning programs carried out through institutions of higher education, acting as civic institutions to meet the human, educational, environmental, or public safety needs of neighboring communities."

National Endowment for the Humanities - Teaching Development Fellowships - "Teaching Development Fellowships (TDF) support college and university teachers pursuing research aimed specifically at improving their undergraduate teaching. The program has three broad goals: 1) to improve the quality of humanities education in the United States; 2) to strengthen the link between research and teaching in the humanities; and 3) to foster excellence in undergraduate instruction."

National Science Foundation - Undergraduate Education - a variety of funding opportunities

National Science Foundation - Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences

HECA Grants (Illinois Board of Higher Education, Higher Education Cooperation Act Grants) - "is designed to promote effective use of resources though cooperation among institutions, to achieve an equitable distribution of education services, and to develop innovative concepts and applications. The grants go to both public and private institutions. Cooperation, as defined by the statute, involves at least two higher education institutions, and should be designed to serve a public purpose, while promoting effective use of educational resources, the equitable distribution of educational services, and the development of innovative concepts and applications."

Illinois Arts Council Agency


Public Organization Funding

AERA/OERI Research Grants Program - Fellowships and grants for training in and funding for educational research, from the American Educational Research Association

AIR Grant Program - "The goals of this program are to provide professional development opportunities to doctoral students, institutional researchers, educators, and administrators, and to foster the use of federal databases for institutional research in postsecondary education." From the Association for Institutional Research.

The Association for Library and Information Science Education - "An award of one or more grants totaling $5,000 may be made to support research broadly related to education for library and information science....At least one applicant in a group submitting a proposal must be a personal member of ALISE as of the deadline date."

National Education Association Foundation - "Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment."

Franklin Research Grants - from the American Philosophical Society - "The American Philosophical Society awards small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received their doctorate. Independent scholars and faculty members at all four-year and two-year research and non-research institutions are welcome to apply provided that all eligibility guidelines are met."

Undergraduate New Investigator Grants Program - American Chemical Society - "The goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund are to support fundamental research in the petroleum field and to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education. The Undergraduate New Investigator Grants Program is intended to initiate the research program of new scientists and engineers who are faculty members at undergraduate research institutions and to provide financial incentives for students at those institutions to become involved in research activities leading to employment or continued study in graduate school. Grants are up to $55,000 over 2 years. Estimated number of awards is 45 each year."


Private Foundation Funding

Foundation Center - "Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust."

Congressional Research Grants - from The Dirksen Center

Cottrell College Science Awards - from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement - "The Cottrell College Science Award (CCSA) program promotes basic research as a vital component of undergraduate education at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Single Investigator (SI) and Multiple Investigator (MI) initiatives are aimed at helping early career faculty to start active research programs targeting complex scientific problems. SI grants support significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty at undergraduate institutions along with their students. The total funding requested is $35,000.  The MI-CCSA program is aimed at helping jump start sustainable, collaborative programs of research by cross-disciplinary teams of faculty from science departments at PUIs. The award amount is $75,000 for a two-investigator team and $100,000 for a three-investigator team."

Henry Luce Foundation

The Spencer Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Coleman Foundation - with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurship education



Have a link to good resources on funding?  Please e-mail the Center.