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Collaborative Research Grants Program


Collaborative Research Grants are intended to encourage innovative research, scholarship, and creative projects involving multiple faculty members across academic units and disciplines who are engaged in interdisciplinary investigations of research problems. Faculty should apply for Collaborative Research Grants in teams with the lead investigator submitting the application on behalf of the team. A successful application will result in up to $5,000 in research funds. Faculty members may apply for solo and collaborative URC grants simultaneously. Collaborative research grants may be used as seed or bridge grants in a start-up or a longer-term project that seeks external funding.


The primary applicant must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who is collaborating with one or more faculty members from other academic units or departments. Only the primary applicant is required to be tenured or tenure-track. The team must include faculty from multiple academic units, and any research team may receive a Collaborative Research Grant no more than twice. These grants provide up to $5,000 and this funding is for up to 18 months after the grant is received.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted in the Fall and Winter with deadlines of October 15th and March 15th, respectively. Late applications cannot be accepted.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following through Campus Connect​ (click on "Grant Proposals" in the "Faculty Center" section) by the appropriate deadline:

  • Project Title
  • Abstract - the abstract should describe the project clearly and completely in non-technical terms
  • 3–5 recent publications from each member of the team
  • Work Plan & Timeline - the work plan and timeline should be thorough, realistic, and feasible. Further, the specific outcomes for the project should be articulated.
  • Budget Narrative - the budget narrative should clearly justify all requested expenses and provide sources for estimated costs. Wages for requested personnel should account for benefits at a rate of 10%.
  • Budget Form - the budget form should account for each item of expense discussed in the budget narrative.

Applicants will also be asked to attach the following to their application:

  • Narrative - the narrative should describe the project in clear, non-technical language. The narrative should also represent a compelling argument in favor of the project that will include a clear description of the project’s goals and objectives, the rationale for collaboration, a description of the expected contributions of members of the team, the current status of the project, and the expected outcomes.
  • Current CV for each team member
  • Bibliography

Expectations/Requirements of Recipients

Grant recipients should keep the following in mind:

  • Grant funds are made available to the faculty member upon completion of budget manager training.
  • All spending must comply with the council's guidelines regarding eligible and ineligible expenses​. NOTE: Applications for collaborative grants may budget up to $250 for CTA travel between DePaul’s campuses.
  • Funding is for 18 months after the grant is approved.
  • The council expects projects to be completed in a timely manner and will not fund projects beyond three years.
  • A final report must be submitted within 30 days of the grant's expiration. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the councils. This report should delineate the activities conducted during the grant, and describe the achievement of the project outcomes as outlined in the proposal.