» Funding Opportunities

Chapman University encourages faculty to seek external funding to support their scholarship. There are many sources and types of funding available to advance faculty research as well as programmatic and creative activities in particular areas of interest. Below are links to some helpful resources to begin your search.

+ - External Funding Resources

  • COS Pivot - Chapman University subscribes to COS Pivot, an online, searchable database that includes federal, state, local, international, and private funding opportunities. Searches can be made by funding type, funding source, keywords, deadline dates, and many other criteria. This service is free to all Chapman faculty, staff and students when you register with your Chapman email account.

    COS Pivot also contains searchable faculty profiles including information about research interests and recent publications. You can claim your profile and update it to receive targeted funding opportunities. You can also search for potential collaborators internally and externally.
  • Grants.gov - An online clearinghouse to search for grant and cooperative agreement opportunities from the 26 federal grant-making agencies. It is free to use, and individuals do not need to register to searched.
  • Federal Contracts - FedBizOpps.gov - Database of federal government contracting opportunities.

+ - Internal Funding

Kay Family Foundation Data Analytics Grant Program

The Data Analytics Grant Program is part of a $2.5M commitment generously made by the Kay Family Foundation for the purpose of advancing Chapman University’s activities in the area of Data Analytics/Sciences. The Data Analytics Grants are in the range of $20,000-$100,000 over a two year period and are meant to catalyze research in the area of data analytics/sciences with a focus on translation, collaboration with outside partners, commercialization, and/or development of external funding. This year, $400,000 in funding will be made available to grantees.


  • Proposal Due Date: May 14, 2018
  • Decisions: Early June 2018
  • Funding Released: July 1, 2018

Program Description

Budget Worksheet

Submission Portal


Please contact Thomas Piechota (714-628-2897, Piechota@chapman.edu)for questions regarding the program. 

Faculty Opportunity Fund

The Faculty Opportunity Fund provides competitive merit-based support for short term non-renewable projects as described below. These projects are intended to support Chapman University faculty in the development of new and innovative research, scholarship and creative activity.  Specifically, this program aims to:

  • Elevate the national visibility and reputation of Chapman University faculty for their excellence in creative, scholarly and research accomplishments.
  • Provide faculty with opportunities to catalyze new and innovative areas.
  • Expand the base of competitive research, scholarship and creative activity to increase external support in these areas.

The intent of the fund is to support

  1. Activities in the arts and humanities where the outcome is the development of a substantive scholarly or creative work
  2. Research in all areas for faculty who are developing new lines of research, where a primary goal is the submission of requests for external funding

During the 2017-18 cycle, a total of $160,000 will be available for the Faculty Opportunity Fund with awards up to $15,000 for a period of 12 months depending on the type of award, project goals, and necessary budget. Involvement of graduate students and/or undergraduates is strongly encouraged.


  • November 17 – Release Announcement
  • February 2 – Proposals Due
  • Mid-April – Decisions
  • June 1 – Release of Funds

Program Description


Budget Worksheet

Submission Portal

Contact Karen Pescetti (pescetti@chapman.edu) and Laura Glynn (lglynn@chapman.edu) for any questions.