EIU Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors

 *Applications are due by noon, October 2nd, 2017, to the Research and Sponsored Programs Office
(Blair Hall, 1102)


The purpose is to support faculty who engage in high impact mentoring practices.  High impact practices include, but are not limited to, projects intended to result in publications with student co-authors, partnerships with local community organizations or schools, public displays of research and/or new creative works, and other projects that lead to external recognition of EIU.

These grants are more limited in scope than are grants from the Council for Faculty Research (CFR). Student Impact Grants must be used to support both students and faculty members.


$1,500 per grant


Full time faculty (Unit A or B) who will be mentoring at least one undergraduate or graduate student during the 2017 - 2018 academic year are eligible. Eligibility is biennial, i.e., no one is eligible for two consecutive years.


Allowable Expenses

-Direct expenses of student research and creativity (e.g. travel, student wages, equipment, and supplies)

-Travel to disseminate student research and/or creative work products

-Faculty expenses associated with mentoring activities


Grants must be expended during the fiscal year in which they are awarded and spent by the deadlines set by the Business Office each fiscal year.  

Application Submission

Please submit your application to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by noon on October 2, 2017.

Application Requirements

Faculty applicants should provide a one-page document (11 point font, single spaced, 1-inch margins) that includes:

-summary of prior student mentoring activities

-summary of student mentoring activities that are anticipated for the 2017 - 2018 academic year

-description of the outcome of any prior Student Impact Grants

Total Funding

Depending on available resources, a maximum of 10 awards will be made in 2017-2018.

Selection Process & Notification: All applications will be reviewed by a screening committee comprised of the Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and at least two faculty members.  The screening committee will make a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than October 15.