University of Southern Indiana

Internal Awards and Grants

USI offers up to $140,000 annually in various internal research awards and grants opportunities for faculty. We encourage you to apply for these opportunities to get your piece of the pie! A complete list of the call for proposals is below with links to the guidance to each program. Contact your Grant Administrator for assistance.


Internal Grant Writing Workshops

OSPRA will once again host workshops to assist faculty in developing and submitting an internal grant proposal.  If you need assistance with your internal award/grant proposal considering dropping in on one of the scheduled OSPRA internal grant workshop sessions.  Bring a notebook or a laptop and any questions you may have about the proposal, budget, or using Cayuse. 

Workshop Dates and Times: TBA


Apply for Internal Grants/Awards

Start the process to apply for one of the below grants/awards by submitting an Intent to Apply FormSubmit this form at least one week prior to the grant/award deadline.

Click here to access the online Intent to Apply form.

Click on the grant/award name below to access the program guidelines:

USI Internal Awards and Grants  

2022 Early Career Faculty Grant - Due November 8, 2021

Contact: Rebecca Deeg, 812-228-5149,  

2022 Tenured or Clinical Faculty Grant - Due November 8, 2021

Contact: Rebecca Deeg,  812-228-5149, rdeeg@usi.edu

2022 Faculty Research Creative Work Grant - Due November 8, 2021

Contact: Rebecca Deeg, 812-228-5149, 

2022 New Harmony Outreach and Engagement Faculty Grant - Due November 8, 2021

Contact: Claire Eagle, 812-682-4488, ceagle@usi.edu

2022 Applied Research Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award - Due November 8, 2021

Contact: Steven Stump, 812-228-5094, 

College of Liberal Arts Internal Grants and Awards

Liberal Arts Research Awards (LARA) - Due October 15, 2021

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Awards (CLAFDA) - Due October 15, 2021

Contact:  Melinda Roberts, Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, 812-461-5475, mrroberts1@usi.edu

Website: College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Opportunities

Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education Grants and Awards

Pott College Innovation Fund - Due November 1, 2021

Interdisciplinary Research Grant - Due November 1, 2021

Science, Engineering, and Education Research Award Grants (SEERGA) - Due November 1, 2021

Victor A. and Elizabeth A. Barnett Research Award - Due November 1, 2021

Contact:  Glenna Bower, Associate Dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, 812-464-1709, gbower@usi.edu

Website: Pott College Grant and Award Opportunities


Recipients of Internal Grants/Awards

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Internal Grants/Awards

Early Career Faculty Grant
Dr. Paul Arthur, Occupational Therapy
Mr. Robert Dickes, Art and Design
Dr. Junghee Han, Social Work
Dr. Joy Santee, English

Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant
Dr. Xue Han, Computer Science
Dr. Stephanie Young, Communications

Tenured or Clinical Faculty Grant
Dr. Amy Montz, English


Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Internal Grants/Awards

Early Career Faculty Grant
Dr. Kristin LaFollette, English
Dr. Urska Dobersek, Psychology
Dr. Zachary D. Ward, Health Services
Dr. T. Kyle R. Mara, Biology
Dr. Angela Martin Perez, World Languages and Cultures

Tenured or Clinical Faculty Grant
Dr. Melissa Stacer, Criminal Justice
Dr. Michael R. Strezewski, World Languages and Cultures

Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant
Dr. Xue Han, Computer Science
Dr. Stephanie Young, Communications


Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Internal Grants/Awards

Early Career Faculty Grant
Dr. Alex Champagne, Biology
Dr. Daniel Elg, Engineering
Dr. David O'Neil, English
Dr. Jamie Seitz, Accounting
Dr. Moriah Smothers, Teacher Education
Dr. Crystal Steltenpohl, Psychology
Ms. Andrea Wright, David L. Rice Library

Tenured or Clinical Faculty Grant
Dr. Jeri Burger, Nursing
Dr. Mikel Hand, Nursing

Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant
Dr. Hilary Braysmith, Art
Dr. Urska Dobersek, Psychology
Dr. Jinsuk Yang, Finance


Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Internal Grants/Awards

Early Career Faculty Grant
Dr. Cacee Hoyer, History
Dr. Abigail Alexander, French
Dr. Jenna Kloosterman, Engineering
Dr. Marthinus Koen, Criminal Justice
Dr. Misty Ostergaard, Mathmatics
Dr. Uditha Wijesuriya, Mathmatics

Tenured or Clinical Faculty Grant
Dr. Priya Hewavitharanage, Chemistry
Dr. Denise Lynn, History
Dr. Xinran Hu, Graphic Design

Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant
Mr. John Paulson, Social Work
Dr. Veronica Huggins, Social Work
Dr. Sang Choe, Marketing

Applied Research Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award
Dr. Marthinus Koen, Criminal Justice
Dr. Jessica Wood, Occupational Therapy


Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Internal Grants/Awards

Provost Office Summer Pilot 
Dr. Norma Rosas Mayen, World Languages and Cultures

USI Summer Research Award for Junior Faculty
Dr. Brian Bohrer, Chemistry
Dr. Christos Deligkaris, Physics
Dr. Erin Gilles, Communications
Dr. Farid El Breidi, Engineering
Dr. Francesca Ortegren, Psychology
Dr. Cristina Gilstrap, Business Administration
Dr. Phoneshia Wells, Health Services

USI Historic New Harmony Outreach and Engagement 2014-2015 Fellowship Award
Dr. Kevin Valadares, Health Services/Administration

USI Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant                      
Dr. Guoyuan Huang, Kinesiology and Sport          
Dr. Rex Strange, Biology
Dr. Alyssa Weatherholt, Exercise Science


Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Internal Grants/Awards

USI Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant
Dr. Paul Doss, Geology                  
Dr. Guoyuan Huang, Kinesiology and Sport            
Dr. Denise Lynn, History/Gender Studies
Dr. Julie McCullough, Food and Nutrition  
Dr. Anne Statham, Sociology 
Dr. Edmir Wade, Chemistry
Ms. Kristen Wilkins, Art and Design                        

USI Summer Research Award for Junior Faculty
Dr. Roxanne Beckham, Nursing
Dr. Katherine Daniels, Psychology
Dr. Kimberly Delaney, Biology
Dr. Kevin Goodman, Engineering
Dr. Joy Howard, Teacher Education
Dr. Elissa Mitchell, Social Work
Dr. Yuxia Qian, Communications
Dr. Tillman Russell, Public Relations
Dr. Thomas Weber, Management
Dr. Angela Wooton, Nursing
Dr. Yajuan Xiang, Teacher Education

Provost Office Summer Pilot 
Dr. Austin Anderson, Kinesiology and Sport      
Dr. Kevin Valadares, Health Services/Administration
Dr. Hui Shi, Computer Science 

Center for Applied Research and Economic Development Award
Dr. Tom Litney, Occupational Therapy, and Dr. Swateja Nimkar, Health Services
Dr. Clarissa Willis, Teacher Education


Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Internal Grants/Awards

USI Summer Research Award for Junior Faculty
Dr. Rebecca Sparks-Thissen, Biology
Dr. Shannon Pritchard, Art
Dr. Hui Shi, Computer Science
Ms. Ashley Hall, Psychology
Dr. Dinko Bacic, Computer Information Systems
Dr. Jill Oeding, Business Administration
Mr. Brett Anderson, Art
Dr. Chad Gonnerman, Philosophy
Dr. Swateja Nimkar, Health Services
Dr. Stella Ress, History
Dr. Tori Shoulders, Teacher Education

Provost Office Summer Pilot Grant
Dr. Dinko Bacic, Computer Information Systems
Dr. Kimberly Delaney, Biology
Dr. Chad Gonnerman, Philosophy

USI Historic New Harmony Outreach and Engagement 2014-2015 Fellowship Award
Teresa Branson, Teacher Education
Dr. Kevin Valadares, Health Services

Center for Applied Research and Economic Development Faculty, Outreach and Engagement Summer 2015 Fellowship Award
Drs. Leigh Anne Howard and David Black
Dr. Serah Theuri, Food and Nutrition

USI Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant
Dr. Manuel Apodaca Valdez, Spanish
Dr. David Black, Radio and Television
Dr. Leigh Anne Howard, Communication Studies
Dr. Sheri Keenan, Criminal Justice Studies
Dr. Anton Maria, Geology
Dr. Michael Ndemanu, Education
Dr. Oanu Popescu-Sandu, English
Dr. Norma Rosas Mayen, Spanish
Dr. Melissa Stacer, Criminal Justice Studies
Dr. Gongjun Yan, Computer Science


Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Internal Awards

USI Summer Research Award for Junior Faculty
Dr. Aimee Adam, Psychology
Dr. Trent Engbers, Political Science
Dr. Jessica Garces Jensen, World Languages and Cultures
Dr. Andrew Jason Hill, Engineering
Dr. Sakina Hughes, History
Dr. Laci Rogers Lyons, Management
Dr. Erin Reynolds, Health Services
Dr. Emily Teising, World Languages and Cultures
Dr. Gongjun Yan, Computer Science

OSPRA 2014 Summer Research Grant for Pilot Research Projects
Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, Health Services/Administration
Dr. Norma Rosas Mayes, World Languages and Cultures
Mr. Brad Reel, Interlibrary Loan Librarian

New Harmony Outreach and Engagement Faculty Grant
Dr. Bill Elliott, Geology

Darrel Bigham Faculty Engagement Grant
Dr. Bill Elliott, Geology

Applied Research Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award
Dr. Amie McKibban, Psychology
Dr. Clarissa Willis, Education

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