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.

Support Faculty Research on Nov. 13th

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Discovery starts with a small investment in a great idea. Support the Augsburg College Discovery Research Fund and you will provide our faculty with the opportunity to:

  • explore complex questions that may lead to new discoveries
  • lay the groundwork to compete and earn prestigious grant awards
  • engage students in the emerging scientific questions and exploration
  • collaborate with other faculty and research facilities around the world, fostering innovation and providing opportunities for our students to learn from other bright minds
  • infuse our classrooms with rich and relevant learning content

Give on November 13th, 2014 by visiting the Augsburg College Discovery Research Fund giving page!

Introducing Spark Sessions for idea and proposal development

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Do you have an idea for research or scholarship that has been collecting dust? Need feedback on your proposal but aren’t sure who to ask? Are you intimidated or confused by the grant seeking process? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, attend an upcoming Spark Session!

What is a Spark Session?
Spark Sessions provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to share ideas and support each other in proposal development and grant submission. Attend a spark session to:

  • Brainstorm and generate new ideas
  • Refine your idea
  • Receive feedback and support
  • Learn from your peers
  • Network and collaborate
  • Receive up to date news and information regarding external grants

 Spark Sessions will be held monthly and will last approximately 1 hour.  Discussion content will change each month based on the ideas and topics shared by your peers.

Who should attend?
Faculty and staff of all disciplines and experience levels are encouraged to attend the Spark Sessions. The only requisites are 1) an interest in proposal development and grant seeking, and 2) a willingness to share your ideas or provide constructive feedback to your peers.

What if I don’t have an idea (yet)?
Feel free to attend even if you don’t have an idea! Support your peers by providing feedback regarding their ideas! Also, Spark Sessions are an ideal forum to network, learn, and stay up to date on grant related news and opportunities.

When will Spark Sessions be held?
Help us schedule a time that works for you! If you are interested in participating in a Spark Session, please send the following information to Erica Swift at swift@augsburg.edu:

  • Name
  • Preferred day(s) of the week and time(s) for session to be held

Faculty and Staff Recognized for Grant Seeking Efforts

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Congratulations to all Augsburg faculty and staff who were recognized for their grant seeking efforts at the External Grant Workshop and Recognition Event on May 17th.

Between April 2011 to March 2013, Augsburg was awarded $7,090,700 in external grant funding. This funding supported or continues to support 39 unique projects, ranging from student programs to faculty-led research. 45 faculty and staff were involved in proposal development, project implementation, and award management. View the complete list of grant recipients.

Also, be sure to check out the slides from the workshop, which have been posted under the Resources main page.

Augsburg Ranks #3 in Minnesota for NSF Funding

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Augsburg was ranked #3 in Minnesota for the total dollar amount awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2012. Augsburg received three awards from NSF in 2012, totaling just over $1M. The top two spots are held by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. This positions Augsburg as the leader in NSF funding among private institutions of higher education in the state!

This achievement was recently highlighted in a list published by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.