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Funding for Law Research

A guide to some potential sources for internal (UC Boulder) and external research funding.

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO)

(1) The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) coordinates these funding programs: http://www.colorado.edu/researchinnovation/fundingawards.  Contact: Colisse Franklin, Senior Executive Aide to the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, 303-735-7536 or colisse.franklin@colorado.edu.  See also, Victor M. Bright, Seed Grants, Competitions, Applications, and Awards (Sept. 2014).
  • Distinguished Research Lectureship ($2,000).  "The lectureship honors a tenured faculty member, Research Professor (Associate or full) or Adjoint Professor who has been with CU Boulder for at least five years and is widely recognized for a distinguished body of academic or creative achievement and prominence, as well as contributions to the educational and service missions of CU Boulder. Each recipient typically presents a lecture in the fall or spring following selection and receives a $2,000 honorarium."
  • Faculty Conference Awards (up to $3,000).  "Subject to the availability of funding, the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) awards a limited number of grants to support planning and hosting conferences at CU Boulder on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Conference grants provide partial support for organizing conferences that promote and encourage the scholarship, research and creative work of the Boulder campus faculty. These awards are intended to support one-time or initial events, rather than established and/or annual events. Awards can be up to $3,000."
  • Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program (up to $50,000).  "Research & Innovation Seed Grants are specifically aimed to stimulate inter- and multidisciplinary work on research, scholarship and creative activity projects that either: explore new areas of research with high impact and future funding potential, or pursue research, scholarship, or creative activity of high value to arts and humanities disciplines. Seed grants support projects that take investigators in creative, and sometimes high-risk, high-reward directions including team development proposals for future large collaborative research projects. Proposed projects may take a variety of forms, but must represent an investment in the future research, scholarly, or creative vitality of the university. Proposals are reviewed in categories designed to allow faculty from all disciplines the opportunity to compete successfully, even if their discipline is not traditionally connected to sponsored research. We encourage proposals from all disciplines at CU Boulder, especially those involving inter- or multidisciplinary collaboration and projects in emerging fields."
  • Limited Campus Competitions.  "Throughout the year, RIO coordinates numerous limited campus competitions. These internal competitions are required because many private foundations and federal governmental programs only allow a limited number of applicants from invited institutions, like the University of Colorado Boulder. The goal is to identify the strongest projects with the highest likelihood of getting funded."

The Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities

(2) The Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities (GCAH) (2 grants for research and travel of up to $3,000 each, and 1 grant to secure a visiting scholar of up to $1,500): http://www.colorado.edu/cha/graduate-committee-arts-and-humanities-gcah
Contact: Lisa Bailey in the Center for Humanities and the Arts, 303-735-0237 or lisa.bailey@colorado.edu.

GCAH provides support for individual research or creative work, special events, travel to further research or creative work, travel to present such research or creative work at venues that enhance one’s research and creative activity, and short visits by scholars and artists from outside the University.  Upon recommendation of the GCAH, the Dean of the Graduate School offers the following grants/awards:
 

  • Research/Creative Work grants (up to $3,000)
  • Special Event grants (up to $3,000)
  • Visiting Scholar/Artist grants ("Grants for visitors may not exceed $1,000 for U.S. scholars or international scholars traveling within the U.S., and $1,500 for international scholars traveling from other countries.")

 
All awards made by GCAH are contingent upon the availability of funds.  The Committee uses the National Endowment for the Humanities' definition of the humanities:

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

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