Provost's Initiatives

The initiatives below are competitive opportunities for research support. For more information about these initiatives and how they are awarded, please contact Academic Affairs, the office that administers them. For deadlines, award amounts and more information about the activities supported by these awards, please view the full table

General Travel Fund

Funds for the dissemination of research results by tenured or tenure-track faculty at national or international conferences (invited/refereed presentations of original research only).

C.O.R. Grants

Funds for research by individual tenured or tenure-track faculty that leads to the publication and presentation of papers. These awards can fund travel only for obtaining research data or completing research, not for disseminating results or attending conferences. 

Research Communities

Similar to the C.O.R. grants, but these awards are for groups of two or more faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, instructor, or Resource Professional) working with four or more students. At least one of the faculty members must be full-time, and the ratio of students to faculty must be 2:1. 

Summer Research Stipends

Funds research by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member over one of the six-week summer sessions; no teaching is allowed during the funded session.

Sabbatical Leave

Funds for faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, or Resource Professionals) to take one-semester or two-semester leave to conduct research, acquire new professional skills, or update existing professional skills. Faculty become eligible for sabbatical after completion of at least five years of full-time service in the bargaining unit, then once every seven years thereafter. Details of sabbatical leave policies can also be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreement of the faculty union, UPI, and the Northeastern.

Opportunities within Colleges and Programs

  • The Genocide Research Group (GRG) in the African and African-American Studies Program is a collective of Northeastern Illinois University faculty and scholars who have dedicated their research activities to investigating genocide, mass human rights violations on the African continent and in the African Diasporas and to examining just responses to this phenomenon, including ways of preventing such crimes.
  • Immediately following the end of each semester, there is a Workshop on Mathematical and Statistical Modeling offered by the Mathematics Department for all who are interested in interdisciplinary quantitative analysis. 
  • The annual Dr. Kenneth N. Addison Lecture for Multicultural Education and Social Justice is an opportunity for researchers and educators interested in the intersections of cultural pluralism, multicultural education, social justice, advocacy and activism. 
  • The Bronzeville Neighborhood Research Project (BNRP) is a collaboration of student, faculty and community researchers at Northeastern Illinois University’s Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies.
  • The Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project is a visual arts and humanities project that connects teaching artists and scholars to people at Stateville Prison through classes, workshops and guest lectures.
  • The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) is a National Cancer Institute partnership led by Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University. Our mission is to advance cancer health equity through meaningful scientific discovery, education, training and community engagement.