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WSU Internal Grants Programs

These on-campus competitive grant programs were established by Westfield State University to support innovative initiatives by the college’s faculty and staff. They promote enhanced teaching, research, and scholarship, as well as expanded opportunities for students.

Westfield Innovative Pedagogical Initiatives (IPI) Fund

Awarded three times per academic year.  Open to faculty.
This fund supplements an individual’s faculty development fund, to provide enriching experiences in areas of specific pedagogical interest.  Examples of possible uses of IPI resources are attending workshops or conferences; bringing new technology into the classroom; or implementing education partnerships. The activity should have a demonstrable impact on Westfield’s students. In addition, participating faculty members are encouraged to seek ways to share their newly-acquired skills, resources, or information with campus colleagues. Please see the application for details.

The three application window deadlines are: November 3, 2017, January 26, 2018, and March 2, 2018.

This fund helps give faculty access to unanticipated opportunities that may arise during the academic year.

Please send all IPI proposals to grants@westfield.ma.edu


University Research Grant Program

The aim of the University Research Grant Program (URGP) is to support research activities, including applicable creative activities, and thus foster the intellectual vitality of the University and the professional growth of its faculty and librarians.  This program responds, in part, to the strategic goal of increasing support for academic and teaching excellence and engaged scholarship.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty and librarians of the University are eligible to apply for a University Research Grant; an applicant cannot receive more than one award within two annual cycles.

The program is intended to support direct costs of research activities, including but not limited to purchase of equipment and supplies; research participants; clerical assistance; data analysis; travel associated with conducting research; and costs associated with publication or conference presentation of research.  The program is not intended for funding reassignment of courses or for research conducted for completion of an academic degree.

The maximum award amount is $2,500.

Please send all University Research Grant Program proposals to grants@westfield.ma.edu

There will be two application windows per year.  First round of applications is due November 3, 2017 and the spring semester will welcome applications on March 2, 2018.


STARS (Semester Time Award for Research Scholarship) 2018 - 2019

Westfield State University offers an opportunity that assists tenure-track faculty and librarians in working on projects that will support their scholarship, contribute to their fields of knowledge, and enhance the reputation and stature of the university.  Tenure-track faculty and librarians currently in their second, third, or fourth year on the tenure track at Westfield State, are invited to apply for one semester of release time from teaching and advising responsibilities in order to focus on such projects. The 2018-2019 STARS Program will provide this opportunity for two (2) awardees.

Examples of appropriate projects include, but are not limited to, a significant publication such as an article in a refereed journal; a scholarly book or a textbook; and a public performance or presentation in a significant professional venue appropriate to the applicant’s field.

Schedule for the spring 2018 Application Process

October 16, 2017       Announcement of STARS application process to Westfield State University Community.

November 17, 2017     Interested members should submit to the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs an intent to apply                                    in the form of a memo.  

January 8, 2018           Completed applications and letters of supports are due to the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Parenzo Hall 103-A.

February 16, 2018       Awards will be announced by the end of February 2018.

*Samples of successful STARS applications will be available for review in the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs

Please send all STARS proposals to grants@westfield.ma.edu

Honor Roll: Internal Grant Recipients
Westfield State University
2016 – 2017

Innovative Pedagogical Initiatives (IPI)

2016 - 2017

Carsten Braun, Geography and Regional Planning

Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2017

Rachel Gibson, Music

Orff Schelwerk Teacher Education Course

Christopher Gullen, Communications

Broadcast Educators Association Convention

Paige Hermansen, English

2017 Conference on  College Composition & Communication

Timothy LeDoux, Geography and Regional Planning

2017 FOSS4G Conference

Holly Noun

One-to-One Program in Athletic Training - Technology Grant

David Raker, Education

Coding & Robotics/STEM

University Research Grant Program (URGP)

2016 - 2017

Maria Carranza, Chemical and Physical Science

Novel Synthesis of Isoflav-3-enes

Alex Daniel, Psychology

Human memory for tastes compared to vision & hearing

Sunday Fakunmoju, Social Work

Perception & use of corporal punishment among HS teachers in Nigeria

Nora Padykula, Social Work

The WSU Collegiate Recovery Needs Assessment Project

Kimberly Pouliot, Biology

Effects of elevated glucose levels on immune cell responses

Sophia Sarigianides, English

Letting Myself Get Pulled Away:  Learning to negotiate race talk dilemmas in the English Classroom

Rosemary Sullivan, Social Work

Reach on student who are also parents