Resources for Faculty Scholarship & Research

Faculty Scholarship & Research Resources

The following table summarizes the various financial and programmatic resources available to SMU faculty for support of their scholarly and research activities.

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Program / Resource Name Purpose Funding Source Amount Contact Information Application Information & Deadlines

Consultation, Editorial, and Statistical Support

Funds from the Office of Academic Affairs are available for the purposes of supporting faculty scholarly work, from grant development through dissemination of findings. Examples may include consultation for research grant development editorial support, and statistical consultation/analysis.

Office of Academic Affairs

Award amounts determined on a case by case basis.

Celeste Villanueva
Assistant Academic Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs

Requests are accepted on an ongoing basis, based on budget availability.

Interested faculty should submit an application to Dr. Celeste Villanueva in the Office of Academic Affairs for review and potential funding.

Hanover Research

The University contracts with Hanover Research based in Washington, D.C. to provide both research and grant support services. Research services range from conducting full research projects for the University, to faculty support including manuscript editing, methodological evaluation, data analysis, and statistical consultation. Grant services include direct support in constructing, editing and evaluating grant submissions. Click here for an overview of Hanover's services.

Office of Academic Affairs


Amy Anderson
Special Projects Coordinator,
Office of Academic Affairs

Interested faculty should contact Amy Anderson, to be placed in the service queue.

Faculty Scholarship Grant Program This internal grant program is intended to support faculty scholarship that is aligned with the University’s mission and vision and that advances the Division of Academic Affairs’ strategic priorities. The FSGP serves as a source of major financial support for faculty who are on a trajectory that could result in external funding for their scholarship as well as for faculty whose field of scholarship may not result in external funding, but whose scholarly work is nevertheless valuable to the University and the communities it serves. Office of Academic Affairs Up to $50,000 per award.

For general questions:

Current Chair, Faculty Org Research Committee

Application materials and other program information can be found here.


Faculty Research "Seed" Grants

The purpose of the Faculty "Seed" Grants program is to provide funding to help SMU faculty develop new scholarship projects, including curricular innovations.

Faculty Org Research Committee (FORC)

Up to $2,500 per award, or up to $5,000 for applications with more than one PI.

Current Chair, Faculty Org Research Committee

Click here for application materials.

Faculty Research “Seed" Grant proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Improving Teaching with Technology Grants


The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Improving Teaching with Technology grants encourage faculty members at SMU to experiment to improve teaching and learning and engage in reflective practice. Faculty members who complete the grant will be featured in a poster presentation at the Spring Faculty Research Symposium at SMU.  Faculty members can submit up to two grant reports per calendar year. The grants are offered on a first come first serve basis. Click here to view past reports.

Office of Academic Affairs $500 each

Valerie Landau
Director of Assessment

Click here for more information.


Divisional Travel Support Funds are available for regular faculty (0.75 FTE and above) with limited financial support for travel to national professional meetings to disseminate scholarly work via podium presentations. Requests for financial support for travel to international professional meetings may be considered if dissemination of the faculty’s scholarly work will be delivered via a podium presentation (or equivalent thereof), and endorsement of the application is provided by the dean, chair, or director of the applicant’s academic program. Office of Academic Affairs

Up to $3,500 per request

Travel supplements are limited to an amount up to $3,500 per request. The OAA will review and award funding requests. Requests for domestic travel support are given priority.  Faculty will be reimbursed for their expenses following their presentation/travel (with appropriate documentation) via Ascend. Please contact the OAA for the appropriate accounting codes before submitting a reimbursement request.

Celeste Villanueva
Assistant Academic Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and approved applications will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis, though half of the annual travel support budget will be reserved for applications submitted after June 1.

Click here for application materials.

Grant Management Support Pre- and post-award management support for large, federally funded grants is available via the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (CPMCRI). The Grants and Contracts Office at CPMCRI promotes the research mission of CPMC and Sutter Health by providing high quality financial and administrative services to researchers, collaborators, and staff within CPMC, CPMCRI, the Sutter system, and across institutions. Office of Academic Affairs  

Celeste Villanueva
Assistant Academic Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs


Michael Negrete
Assistant Academic Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs

Contact Dr. Villanueva or Dr. Negrete to request this type of support and to receive more information about the scope of services available to you.
Sabbatical Leave

Recognizing the necessity for faculty members to acquire new experience to enrich their teaching or to secure uninterrupted time for research and writing, SMU supports the principle of the sabbatical leave. The purpose of the sabbatical leave is to promote professional growth, development, and renewal. Activities of the leave should include creative and/or scholarly work which promises to enhance the teaching effectiveness of the applicant and produce academically or socially useful results. The applicant is encouraged to seek a variety of possible solutions in the process of attaining desired goals. Research, writing, travel abroad, advanced clinical practice, and post-terminal degree study should all be considered.

Office of Academic Affairs Sabbatical leave can be for one (1) academic year in length, which carries 50 percent of the regular salary, or for four (4) to six (6) months at full pay. The specific length of the sabbatical leave request will be determined by the faculty member and their Dean/Department Chair.

Scot Foster
Academic Vice President & Provost

Chair, Rank and Promotion Committee

Please see the Faculty Handbook for a complete descriptiion of the sabbatical policy, eligibility requirements, timeline, etc.
SPSS Licenses SPSS licenses are available at no cost to SMU faculty members who need access to the software for their research/scholarship. Information Technology Services N/A To request a license, submit a ticket via the SMU Service Desk.  
Qualtrics Accounts

SMU now has an institutional license with Qualtrics, a leading online data collection and analysis tool. To request an account go to: and click on the Qualtrics single sign on link under Academic Support.

Office of Academic Affairs N/A Qustions? Contact Amy Anderson or visit the Qualtrics Resources page.  
Poster Printing Support Support faculty presentations and conference poster sessions. Enrollment &
Student Services
Unlimited number of posters/year.

For Oakland: Email posters to Craig Elliott at

For Sacramento: Email posters to Craig Elliott at and it can be mailed to you (or picked up)

For San Francisco Peninsula: Email posters to Bukola Adesokan at

For Fresno: Email posters to Craig Elliott at and it can be mailed to you (or picked up)

Click here for Guidelines & FAQs for Poster Printing.
Open Access Publication Fund Encourages faculty to publish articles in open access journals. Library Up to $2,500 per calendar year. Hai-Thom Sota Click here for application information and deadlines.
Additional Resources For information on the Tuition Reimbursement Plan or Tuition Remission in SMU Courses please see pages 64 and 65 of the SMU Staff and Faculty Handbook.        


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