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Faculty Research Initiative Grant

Faculty Research Initiative Grant

The Faculty Research Initiative Grant (FRIG) program supports excellence in scholarly work by providing funding for select faculty research projects deemed to be of exceptional merit. The program is open to all faculty who have been employed by Walden for a minimum of six months and is intended to provide “seed money” for the development of faculty research agendas. Funds can be used to support pilot research projects, small-scale research studies and to supplement new areas of investigation that are spin-off studies or sub-studies of larger on-going research projects.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for research projects conducted by one faculty or staff principal investigator from Walden. Collaborative research projects, in which two Walden faculty members are co-principal investigators, are eligible for grants of up to $20,000.

Program Timeline

  • Deadline to submit Intent to Apply Using Walden Data: November 14, 2022

  • Final date for first time requests for feedback on research proposals: November 21, 2022

  • Deadline to submit proposals – December 1, 2022

  • Research grant recipients announced – January 16, 2023

  • Research must be completed by June 30, 2024


The FRIG program is open to Walden University faculty (core, contributing, and emeritus), and staff. Grant funds can only be used to support those activities included in the research proposal.    

  • Must be a Walden University employee in good standing for at least 6 months at the time the grant is awarded.  

  • Must not have been a recipient of a FRIG within the last 5 years. 

  • If the applicant has previously received a FRIG, the topic of inquiry proposed in the subsequent FRIG application must be different. Additionally, the applicant must demonstrate they applied for external research grant funding in support of their previous FRIG research (as required in the FRIG application). 

Grant Amount and Duration

This request for proposals (RFP) is for one-time, short-term (one year, maximum) projects. Research must be completed within 1 calendar year from the date the grant was awarded, as specified in the grant application. 

Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from Walden is not required to apply for a FRIG; however, for any funds to be disbursed to the grant recipient, proof of compliance with Walden University regulations regarding the protection of human subjects in research (IRB approval) is required.   

Although a funding ceiling is provided below, researchers are encouraged to request only the amount of funds needed to conduct their proposed research activities, rather than the maximum amount available. The number of grants awarded will be determined by the quality and size of the applicant pool as well as the availability of program funds.  

Funding Structure: 

  • $10,000 funding ceiling for single investigator authored research proposals. 

  • $20,000 funding ceiling for collaborative research proposals in which two or more Walden faculty members are co-principal investigators. 


Note: Students may be included in the research team, but the team must be led by faculty or staff members. Students are not eligible to be designated Co-PI.  

Criteria for Selection

The overall merit of the proposed research will be considered and evaluated by Walden’s Dean of Research, working with a review committee chaired by the Director of the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.  

The final selection will be made based upon the following general criteria:  

  • Intrinsic scientific and technical merit of the work.   

  • Potential impact of the proposed activity on the academic field of study (publishable).  

  • Likelihood that the award will provide significant progress on a project that will serve as the basis for future studies.  

  • Potential for the award to provide a basis for further research support from external sponsors.  

  • Likelihood that the proposed work would be completed during the award period.  


Grant Application Process

If the proposed research involves the collection of data from the Walden community or the use of existing institutional data from Walden, researchers must confirm with the university that the data are accessible and/or available before submitting their grant proposal. To do this the Principal Investigator (PI) must submit the online form linked below indicating his/her intent to apply for the Faculty Research Initiative Grant using Walden data.  The online form gives the PI the opportunity to provide a concise summary of the proposed research methodology in addition to identifying the specific Walden data to be collected and/or requested for analysis in the proposed study.  This information will be reviewed by the Research & Sponsored Programs (RSP) in conjunction with university leaders to ensure that the proposed data collection is attainable and/or the requested existing data can be provided. By confirming the accessibility/availability of Walden data, the PI gains an assurance that their proposed research is both viable and in alignment with the Faculty Research Initiative Grant program goals, which increases the chances that the research proposal will be funded.  


Decision Matrix  
Intent to Apply Using Walden Data 

  • If the proposed research involves Walden data (to be collected and/or existing data requested), use the link below to complete and submit the Intent to Apply Using Walden Data online form before you submit your full grant proposal. 

  • If the proposed research does not involve any Walden data, skip this step and move directly to the section below about the Grant Proposal. 

Intent to Apply Using Walden Data  

The link below will take you to the online Intent to Apply Using Walden Data form. The online form will allow you to select relevant fields from drop-down menus, enter individualized text responses, and upload supporting documentation.  

If the proposed research involves more than one PI, please designate one co-PI (not a research assistant) to be the Point of Contact (POC) for all correspondence related to the submission of the Intent to Apply Using Walden Data form.   


Intent to Apply Using Walden Data


Instructions about how to complete the Intent to Apply Using Walden Data are provided in the form itself. To make the process smoother, following is a list of information you should have on hand before you begin:   

  1. Name of PI/Point of Contact   

*If there is more than one PI, please designate one individual to be the Point of Contact (POC).  

  1. POC college/school affiliation at Walden  

  1. POC contact information (address, email, and phone number)  

  1. Title of proposed research project  

  1. A description of the proposed research, which includes the following:  

  • Description of the purpose of the research; indicating the goals and objectives.   

  • Research hypothesis or research questions.  

  • Concise description of the proposed research methodology.  

  • Description of the target population and the plans for analysis.  

  1. A description the specific Walden data to be used in the proposed research.  

  • If you plan to collect data from the Walden community explain from whom and where the data will be collected (students, faculty, alumni, classroom environments), how the data will be collected (survey, interview, observation, etc.), and the timing of data collection activities.  

  • If you plan to request existing data (classroom or operational data) from Walden explain what the data is, why it is needed, and include key variables.   

Upon submission the POC will receive a message confirming receipt of the form and can expect a response from the RSP as the outcome of the review within 5 days of submission.  


Grant Proposal  

This grant opportunity uses an online submission process. The link below will take you to an online form, which will allow you to select relevant fields from drop-down menus, enter individualized text responses, and upload supporting documentation. 


Apply for the Faculty Research Initiative Grant


Instructions about how to complete the online grant application are provided in the form itself. To make the process smoother, following are elements of the proposal you should develop prior to starting the online application:

  • C.V. for the PI and all Co-PIs
  • Research Abstract
  • Research Description
  • Research Timeline
  • Research Budget
  • Research Budget Justification
  • Plans for Dissemination of Research Findings
  • Intent to Apply Using Walden Data Documentation, if applicable. 
  • Release Time/Compensation for Conducting Research Documentation, if applicable. 

Once the online form has been submitted you will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt of your grant application, which will include the tracking number for your application (FRIG-2022-XX). 

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