Funding FAQ

Who may apply?

All tenured, tenure-track, and full-time temporary Faculty and Librarians who were under contract as of September 1 of the current year may apply for funding.

Who considers the application?

A Funding Subcommittee comprised of five members of the Steering Committee of CELTSS works with the CELTSS Director to review the applications. The Director reports recommendations for funding to the Steering Committee. The CELTSS Director sends recommendations for funding to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval.

Where are the application forms?

Applications are available online on Blackboard in the CELTSS Funding 20-21 site in the My Organizations module.

When should I apply for funding?

Applications for funding are accepted three times a year with deadlines announced at the beginning of the academic year, ordinarily in early October, mid-November, and early March. In any year when substantial budgeted funds remain after Round 3 of funding recommendations is completed, the Funding Subcommittee will add a Round 4 of funding. Faculty will be invited to apply for grants supporting research and travel to present research, including presentation at conferences in July and August. The deadline for applications for Round 4 will be mid-May and the faculty member will be notified before the end of May.

Please note that the fiscal year extends from July 1 to June 30. Applications for funding research or travel to present research that occurs in July or August may be submitted either in advance or retroactively. They may be submitted in advance in Round 3 or Round 4 (if added in that year) of the previous fiscal year. If the request is approved, the faculty member will submit requests for research materials or reimbursement to the Business Office as described below. These applications may also be submitted retroactively in Round 1 of the current fiscal year.

How are the application forms submitted to CELTSS?

  • For AY 2020-2021, applications for course releases are due January 25. Applications for all other funding are due October 2, November 6, and March 4.
  • Once signed in to Blackboard, click on ‘Apply for Funding’ in the menu on the left of your screen.
  • Click on the folder associated with the correct round of funding you are applying for.
  • Scroll down to find the funding category you are applying for. Once you’ve located the correct category, click on the assignment (for example, click on ‘Travel for Professional Development’)
  • Download the application (listed in the Assignment Information section). Please save it to your computer with your name in the title.
  • Once you’ve completed the application, click on ‘Browse My Computer’ with the Assignment Submission section on Blackboard in the CELTSS Funding 20-21 community.
  • If you have more documents to upload, other than your application, attach them in the same assignment submission section as your application. Please have your name listed in the file name of each file you upload.
  • If you received CELTSS funding last year, AY 19-20, your end-of-year report must be attached to the application for new funding before it will be considered.
  • When finished, click Submit at the bottom right of your screen.
  • Due to the volume of requests, the committee cannot consider incomplete applications.
  • Due to the volume of requests, in rounds 2 and 3 priority will be given to applicants who did not receive funding previously in that academic year.

When are the application deadlines?

There are four application deadlines:
10.02.2020 - Round 1
11.06.2020 - Round 2
01.25.2021 - Course releases for Fall 2021 & Spring 2022
03.04.2021 - Round 3

What are the general funding guidelines?

General Funding Guidelines

Must I apply for travel funds prior to completing my travel? 

It is best to apply for funds prior to traveling to a conference. However, you may apply for funding after the travel has occurred. 

What are the current travel guidelines?

Visit the latest COVID-19 travel orders issued from the state of Massachusetts.

Is there a priority for awarding travel funds?

Proposals for travel funds to be used for participation in a conference or presentation of research/teaching pedagogy are given priority over travel funds designed solely for attendance at a conference. Groups of faculty who are planning to prepare a faculty development workshop as a result of their experience at a conference are also given priority over single applicants. 

Due to the volume of requests, in rounds 2 and 3 priority will be given to applicants who did not receive funding previously in that academic year.

Is there funding for release time from courses?

CELTSS recommends funding for two types of course releases, pre-tenure and post-tenure.  Faculty cannot receive more than one CELTSS course release within a five year period. Your department chair's approval is required for all course release requests.

Pre-tenure awards

  • Designed to provide faculty/librarians in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th pre-tenure year with additional time to continue with or complete ongoing research or begin new research projects
  • Applications will not be considered if submitted in the term during which the applicant has submitted materials for the tenure review process

Post-tenure awards

  • Available for post-tenure faculty to provide time to continue with or complete ongoing research or begin new research projects.