Writing stipends available for Faculty Grant Seekers

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The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that writing stipends are now available to faculty grant seekers!

What is a writing stipend?
Writing stipends are small awards, available to faculty grant seekers, that are intended to encourage the development and submission of innovative grant proposals that support individual faculty scholarship, enhance student learning, and/or promote the strategic priorities of Augsburg2019.

Upon successful submission of an eligible grant proposal, the faculty writer will receive a writing stipend that will be deposited into their professional development account. Stipend values will be based on the total budget request (see chart below). The annual maximum per person per year is $1,000.

Grant Request Stipend Value
Up to $10,000 $350
$10,001 – $50,000 $500
$50,001 – $100,000 $750
$100,000 + $1,000

Eligibility criteria
All current faculty are eligible for the writing stipend as long as the following conditions are met:

  • The proposal is aligned with the mission of Augsburg and contributes to the scholarly, creative, or research activities of the faculty applicant, enhances student engagement and/or supports the strategic priorities of Augsburg2019.
  • The proposal is submitted to an external granting agency as part of a competitive solicitation or announcement. This excludes pre-proposals, letters of intent, individual fellowships and grants, non-competitive renewals, non-competitive contracts or subawards, or re-submissions of proposals qualifying for previous writing stipends.
  • The Proposal Clearance Form is submitted at least three weeks prior to the proposal deadline.
  • The grant application is submitted on time and is responsive to all elements of the program guidance/solicitation.
  • The annual incentive maximum has not been reached.


  • The faculty Principal Investigator (PI) will complete and submit the Proposal Clearance Form to Sponsored Programs (per standard procedure) at least three weeks prior to the proposal deadline.
  • The PI will work with Sponsored Programs to prepare and submit the grant proposal.
  • After submission, the PI will write a brief description of the submitted proposal (3-4 sentences), which will be shared with President Pribbenow, Provost Kaivola, and the PI’s Dean.
  • Sponsored Programs will initiate a transfer of the approved stipend to the PI’s professional development account. These funds can then be used to pay for any expenses related to scholarship, which may include supplies for preliminary studies, publication costs, hiring students, professional travel, and other activities that increase the writer’s competitiveness at seeking grant funds. Note: If a team of faculty co-wrote a proposal, the stipend will be split among designated Co-Principal Investigators.

Funding for this program is made possible by a grant from the Augsburg2019 Innovation Fund. Stipends will be issued on a first come first served basis until all grant funds are utilized.

Ready to start writing? Contact Erica Swift at swift@augsburg.edu.

Augsburg Professor of Biology speaks at the 2017 Grant Recognition Luncheon

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Dr. David Crowe, Associate Professor of Biology, was featured as the project spotlight speaker at the 2017 Grant Recognition Luncheon. Professor Crowe discussed his latest research in neuroscience, specifically in the mental disorder schizophrenia. Dr.Crowe and his collaborator, Matthew Chafee, recently received an award from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the cause of this disease. They are exploring whether schizophrenia could be caused by disruptions to the normal timing of electrical impulses in the brain.

The purpose of the Grant Recognition Luncheon, hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs, is to celebrate and recognize the efforts of Augsburg faculty and staff in grant seeking. Grants at Augsburg provide direct financial support for individual scholarship and inquiry, enable students to engage in research and access specialized programs that support learning and retention, and provide opportunities for deeper engagement and collaboration, both on our campus and within our community.

To see how faculty and staff at Augsburg have been engaged in grant-seeking over the past year, please view the program.

***Research reported in this post was supported by the National Institutes of Health under award number 5R01MH107491-02. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.