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Faculty as Partners mini-grants

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The CPIE Faculty as Partners (FaP) mini-grants program was established in 2011-2012 to support faculty research and teaching by awarding small grants for research projects and service-learning initiatives involving partnerships. CPIE mini-grants are intended as support for School of Education (SOE) led initiatives that (a) have the potential to be competitive for larger internal or external grant awards or (b) provide course-based experiential learning activities for College of Charleston students.

Types of mini-grants: CPIE has limited funding to award three types of mini-grants to School of Education faculty.

Service-Learning Challenge mini-grants provide up to $750 per course for service-learning activities designed for any SOE course offered in fall or spring. These awards are intended to support experiential learning in which an SOE course engages in meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Course-Based Inquiry Experience mini-grants provide up to $750 per course for preparation or implementation of course-embedded inquiry experiences for any fall or spring SOE course or SOE-led First Year Experience. These awards are intended to support experiential learning in which a whole class of students engages in facilitated inquiry that is of interest to external stakeholders.

Faculty Research Support mini-grants provide up to $1500 for new and existing community-engaged research initiatives led by an SOE faculty member. These awards are intended to support active research activities. Faculty seeking travel funding to present completed or in-progress research should consider applying for SOE R&D Support. 

Eligibility:  CPIE FaP mini-grants are open to all roster faculty members in the School of Education. Adjunct faculty in SOE may apply for course-based inquiry experiences and service-learning mini-grants only for activities occuring during the semester they are teaching.  A faculty member may receive only one Faculty Research Support mini-grant per academic year.

Submission guidelines: Applications for CPIE FaP mini-grants will be accepted on a rolling basis during the fall and spring semesters. Summer funding generally is not available. No applications will be accepted after March 1. Only applications submitted through the online link will be accepted. Please allow up to 2 weeks for application review. 

Notes about funding:

  • Awarded funds must be spent or encumbered by May 15 and a final grant report is due to CPIE by June 1
  • Funds can be used for supplies, books, curriculum items, equipment, research materials, travel, and other related items. Please inquire if you are unsure.
  • Technology and software purchases must be pre-approved by the College’s IT office
  • Meals and food purchases may be allowable. Please check with CPIE before including these in your budget.
  • Please note that the College no longer issues petty cash reimbursements. Off-campus purchases must be completed via Purchasing Card or prior Expenditure Authorization.
  • The College now allows the purchase of electronic gift cards to compensate research participants. CPIE funds can be used in accordance with the relevant policy and procedure. Reimbursement for gift cards purchased through any another means is not allowable. 
  • Funds cannot be used to pay for:
    • stipends, honoraria, or wages of any kind
    • an adjunct for a course reassignment
    • alcoholic beverages
    • monetary donations to individuals or organizations
    • scholarships of any kind
  • All relevant College of Charleston policies and procedures must be followed
To apply for a Faculty as Partners mini-grant, click here.

Assessment Results from 2012-2018 Faculty as Partners Impact Report

CPIE has awarded 16 FaP mini-grants to 13 faculty members

As a result of CPIE mini-grants, faculty have produced an impressive:

  • 20 manuscripts (at the time of the survey, 10 had been accepted, published, or were in the press as peer-reviewed journal articles, curriculum materials, and scholarly books)
  • 35 conference presentations
  • 13 awards, invitations, and special recognitions
  • 13 grant applications
  • Additional grant awards in excess of $286,000

78% of faculty responding to the survey question rated CPIE as highly valuable or somewhat valuable to their scholarly productivity.

Read the full impact report here.