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2017 Connect Grants Open Call

A second Connect Grant round is currently underway for 2017! Applications will be accepted through October 27, 2017. The Connect Grant schedule is below. Stay tuned for the final selection of the 2017 Connect Grant recipients! Decisions will be made by December 1, 2017.

The Connect Grants drive discovery and learning within an environment that supports the development of project proposals and the process of peer review. These mini-grants encourage leadership and career development, mentoring, networking and research collaboration, while enhancing and advancing the university's multifaceted initiatives and scholarship infrastructure. The Connect Grants Program is available to individuals, faculty groups (formal or ad hoc) or academic units.

Please download all of the following documents to read more about the Connect Grants and develop your proposal.

Grant Schedule for Academic Year (AY) 2017
Request for Proposals: Application Process "Opens" Monday September 4, 2017
Proposals Due: Application Process "Closes" **Friday, November 3, 2017 - DEADLINE EXTENDED
Decisions Announced: Friday, December 1, 2017
Funding Available: Spending Can Begin Friday, December 15, 2017


Download the full Connect Grants Request for Proposals with link to submission site.

Download the Connect Grants Rationale.

Please email questions to

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Are all the fields in the application required? What if I don't answer them all?

Yes, all the fields are required. Please be sure to answer everything or unfortunately we will not be able to include your proposal in the pool for review.

What is the review process?

A review committee of faculty and administrators reads every proposal and provides feedback to the proposers. It is very common for revisions to be requested before proposals are finally approved.

Are examples of successful proposals available?

Yes. You can download the following proposals as samples. All have been provided with permission of the authors.

Mentorship for an Interdisciplinary Numerical and Experimental Investigation for Colloidal Transport within Evaporating Droplets under an Electric Field
PI Kara Maki, College of Science, School of Mathematical Sciences
Co-PI Michael Schertzer

Mathematical Sciences Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Group on Advising Student Researchers
PI Laura Munoz, College of Science, School of Mathematical Sciences
Co-PI(s) Manuela Campanelli and Nathan Cahill

Development of a Women in Liberal Arts Group
PI M. Ann Howard, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Science, Technology, and Society
Co-PI(s) Silvia Benso, Caroline Delong, Jessica Lieberman, and Corinna Schlombs

Computing Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Mentoring Group (Poster)
Xumin Liu, Department of Computer Science
Yin Pan, Department of Computing Security
Carol Romanowski, Department of Computer Science
Sumita Mishra, Department of Computing Security

I have a question about my proposal. Is there someone I can ask?

Absolutely! We welcome questions! Please send email to