Proposals for Internal Competitive Funding Opportunity Now Being Accepted

About $600,000 will be awarded to advance scholarship in the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.



Proposals are now being accepted for Texas Tech University’s Internal Competitive Funding Opportunity to Advance Scholarship in the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. About $600,000 is available to faculty in those areas.

“This is the second year for the internal funding initiative to help our faculty enhance their scholarly and creative efforts,” said Guy Bailey, Texas Tech president. “We have outstanding faculty in every area of our university. This is one way to reward those in disciplines that have little access to external funding.”

Last year, more than $440,000 was distributed to more than 40 faculty members. Many faculty members in the creative arts, humanities and some social science areas have little external funding available, compared to colleagues in sciences and engineering. Texas Tech devised the internal competitive funding opportunity as a way to advance scholarship in these areas and to promote excellence.

“Last year’s internal competition was immensely successful,” said Taylor Eighmy, senior vice president for research. “We intend for these grants to be transformational for the faculty members, to provide free time for thinking and creating, and to provide general support for scholarly and creative efforts.”

Four types of awards will be made this year: Level 1 ($3,000 or less), Level 2 ($10,000 or less), Level 3 ($20,000 or less), and Level 4 ($40,000 or less). There are specific requirements expected of applicants based on the level of award received.



“These funds are intended to advance the scholarship of the applicant and to promote excellence,” said Bob Smith, Texas Tech provost. “We want our faculty to collaborate both within and outside of the humanities and social sciences. These awards are meant to encourage scholarship so that they may create new art, write books, and be able to present at the best conferences and workshops.”

The funds can be used in many ways including purchasing equipment or computers, traveling to conferences, or for collaboration, travel for presentations, to support applications for distinguished faculty award opportunities, early scholarship development, new areas of work, and supporting graduate students or undergraduate research efforts.

Applications are due by July 9. Dossiers submitted for the grants will undergo a rigorous peer review. The application and review process will be confidential. Constructive and thoughtful feedback will be provided to applicants.

Guidelines for proposal submission, requirements and expectations of the faculty member are available at:

The competition this year is overseen by a steering committee comprising Michael San Francisco, associate vice president for research/faculty development, chair; Brian Steel, associate dean in the College of Visual and Performing Arts; David Larmour, Horn professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures; Aliza Wong, associate professor of history and president of the Faculty Senate; and Laura Beard, professor and assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Office of Research and Innovation

The Office of Research and Innovation is tasked with facilitating excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity for Texas Tech students, faculty and staff. The office promotes an academic environment embracing creativity, curiosity, innovation, diversity, ethics and integrity.

Among other programs, the OR&I supports responsible and safe conduct of research, faculty development and recognition, interdisciplinary collaborations, externally sponsored research, partnerships with industry and community stakeholders, international research collaboration and the application of research for the benefit of society. The OR&I promotes a culture of creative expression, discovery, innovation and collaboration with the goal of advancing Texas Tech’s status as an elite national research university.



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