» 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

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 and; (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 2018-19 cycle, a total of $225,000 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 2018 – Release Announcement
  • February 6, 2019 (5 PM) – Proposals Due
  • Early April 2019 – Decisions
  • June 1, 2019– release of funds

Program Description


Budget Worksheet

Submission Portal

Contact Karen Ash (kash@chapman.edu) and Laura Glynn (lglynn@chapman.edu) for any questions.