Funding Resources

Faculty Research Grants


Each year, approximately $900,000 is made available by the Office of the Provost to faculty members throughout the College and schools at USD under the heading of Faculty Research Grants (FRGs). These grants vary in their amounts and may include both actual cash grants and/or course release time. The decisions on when, how and under what circumstances the FRGs are allotted are made by the deans of the individual academic units and vary according to guidelines set by each dean. The total amount available to each dean annually is announced in about March each year. Some deans begin awarding these funds immediately; others wait until later in the Spring or even Summer. Please check with your respective dean to learn more about FRGs and the guidelines set for your College or professional school.

Complete the online Faculty Research Report form at the conclusion of the FRG or by November 1. Upon submission of the form, the report will be sent to the Provost's Office and to the appropriate dean's office. Please note: the online form will time-out and your submission may be lost. Consider writing your summary and description in another program, such as Word, before logging in and then copy and paste into the form.

Enhanced Student-Faculty Interaction Fund


The purpose of the Enhanced Student-Faculty Interaction Fund is to foster academic experiences among faculty and students in order to enrich academic life at USD. Grants are non-competitive and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The academic nature of the project must be the central feature and the project must foster a closer intellectual interaction between faculty member(s) and student(s). Proposals for student interactions with multiple faculty members from several disciplines are particularly encouraged. A proposal is to be a simple memo or e-mail message directed to the contact person (see below) and should include a description of the project, rationale for its academic value, an explanation of costs and their total and the date(s) of the event/project. Turn-around time for proposals is rapid.

Funding Available

Awards may run from a small amount (unspecified) to a maximum of usually no more than $500 per project. See a PDF of the latest ESFI guidelines.

Contact Information

Dr. Thomas R. Herrinton, Vice Provost
Extension 4553 or

International Opportunities Grants for Faculty, Staff and Administrators


The purpose of the grant award is to "internationalize" the USD campus and curriculum by exposing faculty and staff to different cultures through foreign travel. The International Advisory Council evaluates proposals on the strength of their connection to the international mission of the university and to the perceived benefit towards increasing the applicant's international understanding. See

Contact Information

Kanani Meheula | Extension 4598