C of I Grant Resources

College of Idaho Grant Funds

At the center of the College’s mission is the concept of the teacher-scholar—a gifted, dedicated teacher whose work in the classroom is enhanced by deep professional training and an ongoing commitment to scholarship.

The College has established a fund to spur research by reinvesting recovered indirect costs. This fund supports summer grant-writing stipends, sabbatical research, student-faculty collaboration, and other scholarly activities.

All Grant proposals require approval

If your grant proposal (or preproposal) requires the College to commit to or support the work in any way, the proposal requires approval before it can be submitted. Examples of College commitment include signature by an authorized organizational representative or other official, funds administered by the College, commitment of time and effort (yours or students' or employees'), equipment (including computers) or space, development of a course, College matching funds or in-kind contributions, and other conditions.

The forms needed for grant approval and submission and the signatures that are required vary from grant to grant. In general, all grants require review by the Grants Office and VP-level approvals and institutional grants also require approval by the President.

Internal routing forms for authorization and submission of proposals and other supporting documents are available on the Grant Forms and Documents page.

More detailed information on internal funding opportunities is available below (PDFs for download. Use Adobe®Reader®; pdf preview in browser not recommended.)

Grant news and announcements

Useful information about grant opportunities, deadlines, new programs, and updates. 

GRANT UPDATE: 1 november, 2016

NSF EPSCoR webinars on New Funding Opportunities

NSF EPSCoR is hosting several informational webinars on RII Track-2 and RII Track-4 funding opportunities.

 RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations: builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions. The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics capacity. For FY 2017, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: Genomes to Phenomes. See solicitation NSF 17-503 for more details.

Join EPSCoR Program Officers on November 15 or November 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informational webinar on EPSCoR's RII Track-2 program. WebEx login instructions can be found here.

RII Track-4: provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers, to gain experience that will build a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career, and enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions. Full details for RII Track-4 are available in the solicitation, NSF 17-509.  

Join EPSCoR Program Officers November 29 or November 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informational webinar on EPSCoR's RII Track-4 program. WebEx login instructions can be found here.

GRANT UPDATE: 27 october, 2016

NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) announces the new EPSCoR Research Fellows, Track-4 in the Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program. 

RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. 

Full details for RII Track-4 are available in the solicitation, NSF 17-509.  Proposals are due February 28, 2017.  PIs for all RII Track-4 proposals must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment or its close equivalent, either in the form of a pre-tenure tenure-track position or a long-term non-tenure-track position.  There is a limit of three proposal submissions per eligible institution.

Informational webinars for RII Track-4 are planned 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 29, 2016 and November 30, 2016.  Research administrators and potential PIs at EPSCoR-eligible institutions are encouraged to participate on one of these webinars; further details for webinar access will follow soon.

Questions regarding the new EPSCoR Research Fellows solicitation/program may be directed to Dr. Timothy VanReken ([email protected]; 703-292-7378).


The Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) now accepting proposals for STEM-related programs. FOA documents are posted below in four areas: 

  • Idaho NASA EPSCoR Call for Pre-Proposals for the National NASA EPSCoR Research Program
  • Grants to Enhance ISGC Programs
  • ISGC Informal Education Grants
  • ISGC Crosscutting Strategy Grants

Additional information is available on the ISGC website. EPSCoR is probably only of interest to those with connections at NASA, but the other programs offer a range of small grants designed to spread NASA’s vision for its future.


The Murdock Charitable Trust is now accepting proposals for the third round of awards in the Murdock College Research Program for Natural Sciences (MCRPNS) program. This program supports research project initiation for professors at private, predominantly undergraduate institutions, and who do not have major external research grant support. The goal of MCRPNS is to further catalyze the quality and productivity of natural sciences in measureable ways.

Detailed information about the program and the application process and application materials are posted on the Trust’s website. Below are a few guidelines:

  • The deadline for submission of proposals to the Trust for this program is October 1, 2016.

  • Use the online application portal for submission of proposals to the Natural Sciences program
  • Only proposals submitted using the online system will be accepted.
  • Read and review the application materials carefully.
  • Eligible faculty must have a faculty appointment in the natural sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, or geology, with two exceptions - in an environmental science department, doing research on biological systems or organisms; or in a psychology department or its equivalent, doing laboratory neuroscience research
  • If you have questions, please contact Tim Otter.

Grant updates: July 13, 2016, updated 2 August, 2016


Please note: there are TWO items from IHC posted below - research fellowships AND Mini- / Major-grants

As the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Idaho Humanities Council is promotes public understanding and lifelong learning through literature, history, philosophy, law, anthropology, and other humanities disciplines in Idaho.


DEADLINE: September 15, 2016 (The next IHC grant deadline is January, 2017)

The purpose of the Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship Program (RFP) is to stimulate scholarship in the humanities, to provide support for scholars who need time and money for research, and to share the results with academic and public audiences. The IHC will award up to four fellowships of up to $3,500 each year.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the guidelines and contact IHC staff well in advance of the deadline to discuss project ideas before beginning a proposal.  

Scholars will be defined as those who hold a minimum of a Masters degree in one of the humanities disciplines as designated by the National Endowment for the Humanities, though in rare cases people without the minimum qualifications will be considered if they have a superior research and professional publication record. Applicants need not be affiliated with an institution of higher education. Those who have received a RF in the past five years and graduate students are ineligible.

Scholars in all disciplines of the humanities are eligible to apply for Research Fellowships. Projects do not have to be about Idaho.  Out-of-state scholars are eligible to apply if their research is of special significance to the state of Idaho.

Research Fellows are expected to plan at least two public presentations about the results of their research. Public presentations may include lectures before academic audiences, although IHC prefers that results be shared with the public in a meaningful forum if possible.

2.   The Idaho Humanities Council invites proposals for Mini-, Major-, Teacher Incentive Grants

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

Mini grants (under $2,000) and Major Grants (over $2,000) support museum and library exhibits, oral history projects, heritage tourism projects, literary events, special lectures, the preservation of historical photo archives, Chautauqua programs, community-wide reading programs, humanities-focused conferences, and other projects and programs that inspire community dialogue in the humanities.

Teacher Incentive Grants are limited to $1,000, and are awarded to K-12 teachers to enhance the way they teach the humanities in the classroom.

Grant guidelines and the online application are available on the IHC website under "Grants." The website also includes a listing of recent grant awards, the applicable definition of "humanities" and other general information.

More information is available here, and in the IHC Research Fellowships PDF on this page.


Archived PDF documents (previous announcements)

grant procedures

 For questions about finding grant opportunities, writing grants, or administration of grant awards, please consult the resources available here, or contact the Director of Foundations and Corporate Relations.

Note that all proposals must be reviewed and authorized before submission.

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College of Idaho Internal Grant Programs

Proposal authorization form / Short form (AF) rev. Apr '16:
Steunenberg scientific equipment policy:
Internal funds to support scholarship and research:
NEH Guidelines CofI AY2016-17:

Other Grant Guidelines

IHC Research Fellowships:

ISGC Funding Opportunities

EPSCoR ISGC Fall 2016 FOA:
Crosscutting ISGC Grants Fall 2016:
ISGC Program Enhancement Grants F16:
ISGC Informal Education grants F16: