College of Arts & Sciences Awards & Incentives

  • Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS) funding. Seed grant proposals from CU-Boulder faculty and graduate students conducting research in the Social Sciences, regardless of home department.
  • Employee of the Year Award presented annually to exceptional staff in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award (Arts & Sciences Support of Education Through Technology) is presented to an Arts & Sciences faculty member (of any rank) who has been nominated by their peers and/or students.
  • Faculty Fellows Program (Arts & Sciences Support of Education Through Technology) is a collaborative community of faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences who address teaching, learning, and technology challenges within their individual departments.
  • Gamm Interdisciplinary Courses Fund (pdf) financial support for interdisciplinary courses made possible by a generous gift from a friend of the College, Gordon Gamm.
  • In-residence Research Semester Incoming tenure-track faculty often are given some form of teaching release (generally for one or two courses) during the period prior to the comprehensive review. During the release they are expected to remain on campus and continue to perform research and service duties.
  • Instructor Travel Fund to provide travel related financial support for Instructors and Senior Instructors that are rostered in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Kayden Awards are intended to promote the completion of research and creative work in the arts and humanities, research leading to publication, and the celebration and dissemination of excellent arts and humanities research.
  • Monthly Staff Recognition Award is presented monthly to College of Arts and Sciences staff from all divisions (Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities) in recognition and appreciation of outstanding performance, important contributions beyond official job responsibilities and other extraordinary and innovative work contributions to the college.
  • Professor of Distinction: College of Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Title is reserved for scholars and artists of national and international distinction who are also recognized by their College peers as teachers and colleagues of exceptional talent.
  • Teaching Professor (new level of distinction for instructional faculty) The working title of Teaching Professor will be given to a limited proportion of senior instructors to recognize a record of distinction.

College of Engineering & Applied Science Awards & Incentives

CMCI Grants Webpage

  • CMCI Payden Award The Payden Award recognizes excellence in teaching and research or creative work with a $20,000 cash prize and the opportunity to present a colloquium on effective teaching methods to faculty colleagues and graduate students.
  • CMCI de Castro Research Award The de Castro Research Award supports and enhances the research and creative work of faculty in the College of Media, Communication and Information.

School of Education Research Webpage

  • Women Investing in the School of Education Women Investing in the School of Education (WISE) is a giving circle including alumnae, teachers, and friends committed to supporting education and advancing the mission of the CU Boulder School of Education. Members provide funds and award grants, which support faculty research, outreach, and initiatives that may otherwise go unfunded.
  • Research & Outreach Projects Here, you can explore a sampling of the School of Education research and community engagement programs.

Office of Outreach & Engagement Funding Webpage

  • Outreach Awards fund faculty-led outreach and engagement work that connects research, teaching and creative work with public needs and interests.
  • Community Impact Grants support projects that connect with communities external to CU Boulder. These grants can be used as seed funding to establish a project prior to applying for a CU Boulder Outreach Award or other external funding.
  • Micro Grants support projects that connect with communities external to CU Boulder. Micro Grants support community-engaged scholarship and outreach-related events, materials, travel and more.

CHA Opportunities Webpage

  • CHA Faculty Fellowships consist of a two-course teaching reduction (taken in a single semester) for faculty teaching a 2/2 load; faculty teaching a 2/1 load will receive a single course reduction and be expected to take the fellowship in the semester they are scheduled to teach their single course.
  • CHA Small Grants provides up to $3,000 in support of the research and creative efforts of CU Boulder faculty to deepen and enrich the range of humanistic and artistic activities on campus.
  • CHA/CRDDS Faculty Fellowship in Digital Humanities and Arts: The Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) and Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) have partnered on a new three-year fellowship program (2021-2022 to 2023-2024) to support faculty working in digital humanities and arts.

  • CTL Learning Assessment Micro-Grants: support individuals or small teams to plan and conduct small projects to assess student learning or develop assessment tools and strategies. Micro-grants provide a small amount of funding and assessment staff expertise to work on questions about student learning in a course or set of courses.

Office of Academic Affairs Grants Webpage

  • President's Fund for the Humanities was established to promote and enhance the humanities on and across campuses and in the wider community, and to preserve balance in the university’s programs of education and research by giving special attention to the humanities.
  • Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards supports early career investigators whose research has a direct impact on human health with $250,000.
  • Chase Faculty Community Service Award provides $10,000 to a full-time University of Colorado faculty member who, in addition to his or her university responsibilities, has, pro bono, provided exceptional educational, humanitarian, civic or other service in the community.
  • Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Grant fund innovative projects that promote diversity and inclusive excellence throughout the University of Colorado. Proposals are funded based on the recommendations of the system-wide committee. Projects selected for funding are restricted to a maximum award of $3,000.
  • President’s Diversity Award recognizes significant achievements of faculty, staff, students, and academic or administrative units in developing a culturally and intellectually diverse university community reflective of inclusive excellence. As many as four awards of $2,000 each are given.
  • Thomas Jefferson Award honors students, staff, and faculty members who advance the ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Eligible nominees’ achievements reflect superior performance in their normal work or scholarship and notable participation in humanitarian activities. The award includes an engraved plaque and a $2,000 honorarium for each recipient.
  • CU Next Award focused on individual faculty seeking additional resources to innovate their courses and programs. The Award aims to reduce barriers to hardware, software, programming, vendor contracts, and other resources for individual and small groups of faculty pursuing projects that campus or department funding cannot cover. This initiative requires that faculty from at least two campuses are cooperating in the project with a level of campus commitment. Individual awards will not exceed $300,000, with a range from $100,000 to $300,000.
  • Coleman Institute Technology Translational Research and Development Awards to catalyze unique and vibrant campus researchers and developers interested in technologies designed to support those living with cognitive impairments.  This research funding is aimed at advancing ideas from concept to deliverables to create viable and marketable products or services benefiting people with cognitive disabilities. Funding will focus on two distinct phases of research: early stage (Phase I) and later stage (Phase II) development. The intended outcome of such efforts will be to progress the development of tangible tools, resources, hardware, software, and/or strategies for improving quality of life. Proposals that are driven by use-inspired research and have a clear path of translation to practice will be funded. The total project award amount is $50,000 for Phase I and $100,000 for Phase II.

CCTSI Funding Webpage

  • Colorado Pilot Grant Program (CO-Pilot) provides one-year pilot grant awards to encourage cross-disciplinary and collaborative research in clinical and translational medicine.
  • Child and Maternal Health Pilot Grant (CMH-Pilot) provides one-year pilot awards to encourage cross-disciplinary and collaborative research focused on children of all ages as well as pregnant women and mothers of newborn and young infants that will ultimately improve child and maternal health.
  • Community Engagement Pilot Grant (CE-Pilot) supports community-academic partnerships to perform pilot studies that will strengthen relationships and produce preliminary data for future competitive grant applications.
  • Translational Methods Pilot Grant supports the development of novel methods and innovative technologies for clinical and translational research. This includes the development of new assays, methods or technologies which are not currently available to the CU Anschutz campus and CCTSI affiliated institutions.
  • CCTSI KL2 Program provides up to three years of funding for clinical translational research and career development to train awardees to obtain individual funding. Awardees are expected to participate in monthly mentoring/career development sessions, the CO-Mentor program. (with one of their mentors) and the national CTSA consortium meeting. These awards are issued approximately every two years. An RFA will be issued when applications can be received. Some positions may be child health-focused.