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EIU Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors

 *Applications, due by noon, Monday, October 5th, 2020,
should be delivered to the Research and Sponsored Programs Office
(Blair Hall, room 1102)
or emailed to


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 2020 - 2021 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) occurring during the academic year.

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

-Faculty expenses associated with mentoring activities

*All funds must be spent by May 1, 2021.


Grants must be expended during the fiscal year in which they are awarded and spent by May 1, 2021, or the deadlines set by the Business Office if earlier.  

Application Submission

Please submit your application to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by noon on October 5, 2020. Applications can either be hand delivered to Blair Hall room 1102 or emailed to

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 (in addition to required duties related to your position)

-summary of student mentoring activities that are anticipated for the 2020 - 2021 academic year

-description of the outcome of any prior Student Impact Grants

-description of how the funds would be utilized if awarded

Total Funding

Depending on available resources, a maximum of 10 awards will be made in 2020-2021.

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 December 10, 2020.

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1102 Blair Hall
Fax: 217-581-7181

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