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Overview: Research-Intensive Course Grants


Research-Intensive Course Grants provide support to instructors interested in incorporating more intensive research and creative projects into their undergraduate classes.  Class projects envisioned by instructors should push students further in the Research/Creative Cycle (pdf) than would normally be expected of the typical student enrolled in the course. These could be semester-long research projects, or shorter, more focused, units of a class that build research skills.  The goal of this program is to increase the number of students who have the opportunity to have a research experience at KU, as well as to provide professional development opportunities for faculty interested in expanding their teaching toolbox.

Grant recipients will participate in a half-day workshop prior to the start of the semester in which they receive the award and two workshops (one hour each) during the semester to help shape their plans for the class.  Recipients of Spring 2020 grants could teach their courses during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 terms. Recipients will be required to submit an assignment or syllabus that will be available to other instructors after teaching the course.  See the "Expectations" page for more details.



Grant recipients will receive:

  • $500 for the instructor: Participants will receive $250 at the beginning of the semester in which they receive the award that can be processed through payroll or transferred to a departmental account.  The remaining $250 will be transferred once all requirements for the grant are completed, usually at the end of the term when the course is first offered.
  • $500 for the course: Grant recipients will also receive $500 toward the course itself; this funding will also be transferred to a departmental account.  Examples of ways that course funds could be used include:
    • supplies for the project
    • a class trip to visit an archive, field site, etc.
    • paying a graduate or undergraduate research consultant to assist with the class and guide students on their projects.  The grant recipient would select these students and hire them as hourly employees to assist with the course.


Lawrence-campus tenure-track faculty, teaching professors, and full-time lecturers are eligible to apply for a Research-Intensive Course Grant. 

Eligible courses must be Lawrence-campus or online classes that enroll primarily undergraduate students.  The course must be offered within one year of the grant recipient receiving the award; for example, someone receiving the award in the fall must offer the course that fall, the following spring, or the following summer.  Instructors teaching classes from across the disciplines of sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and professional schools are encouraged to apply.   Undergraduate classes of any size, and at any level (introductory to advanced), are eligible. 

If you are unsure if you or your course qualify, please email to inquire about eligibility.

Research-Intensive Course Grants

Deadline for Spring 2020: November 15, 2019

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