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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 principle investigator from Walden. Collaborative research projects, in which two Walden faculty members are co-principle investigators, are eligible for grants of up to $20,000.

Program Timeline

  • Final date for first time requests for feedback on research proposals – June 22, 2021

  • Deadline to submit Intent to Apply Using Walden Data: June 21, 2021

  • Deadline to submit proposals – July 01, 2021

  • Research grant recipients announced – August 16,,  2021

  • Research must be completed by December 31 of the following year. 


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.  


Faculty and Staff Grant Application Process

To simplify the grant application, we have created an online submission process.  The link below will take you to an online grant application that will allow you to select relevant fields from drop-down menus, enter individualized text responses, and upload supporting documentation. 


Apply for a Faculty Research Initiative Grant


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

  • C.V. or NIH-formatted Bio-sketch for the PI and all Co-PIs 

  • Research Abstract 

  • Research Description 

  • Research Timeline

  • Research Budget 

  • Research Budget Justification 

  • Plans for Disseminating Research Findings 

  • Plans for External Research Grant Funding 

  • Human Subjects Review Documentation 

University Guidelines and Forms

More Information

While links to the following documents are embedded within the FRIG application, the stand-alone documents are provided below for your reference.  


Application Templates

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