Faculty Research and Development Committee

The Faculty Research and Development Committee is comprised of nine faculty members. The Provost, or a representative selected by the Provost, shall serve as an ex-officio member without a vote.

The committee supports and encourages faculty research, professional advancement, and development at the College. The committee also secures College-wide recognition of high quality faculty research by recommending faculty members to receive the Distinguished Research Award presented annually at Commencement. Additional responsibilities include advising the Provost concerning College programs supporting faculty research and development; to announce such programs and invite faculty to apply for support; and to recommend to the Provost awards to be made. The committee also advises the Provost, when requested, concerning proposals from faculty members for special research and development projects requiring College support. Finally, the committee serves as the patent and copyright advisory body for the College and hears individual cases involving ownership of materials subject to copyright or inventions entitled to a patent.

(Description adapted from the Faculty/Administration Manual, August 2017: Article V, Section 3.B.13)


Grant Application Information

Interested in submitting an application? Please use the following resources for current deadlines, guidelines, and required forms. 

As outlined in the Faculty Research and Development Committee Guidelines, the College provides grants-in-time (release from teaching one course) and/or financial support for faculty research, professional advancement and development projects. All grants are awarded on the basis of proposals submitted to the committee. Three rounds of grants are awarded. The first round is awarded each fall for projects conducted during the spring semester; the second round is awarded each winter for projects conducted between spring commencement and fall registration; the third round is awarded each spring for projects conducted during the next fall semester. Grants may not exceed $5,000 per project and grant recipients may not receive more than $5,000 in Faculty R & D funds within any two consecutive calendar years. View the awards timeline.

Recipients of grants-in-time may not teach an overload during the same award period. No awards will be made to supplement salary during the academic year or during sabbaticals. A grant-in-time is awarded by the committee to the applicant’s department and covers adjunct replacement costs during the applicant’s release time (one course).

Application Deadlines:

All applications must be submitted as one electronic PDF to fdrc@cofc.edu, by 5:00pm of the deadline date:

  • Spring 2024 projects: Due October 17th, 2023, by 5:00pm
  • Summer 2024 projects: Due January 16th, 2024, by 5:00pm
  • Fall 2024 projects: Due April 2nd, 2024, by 5:00pm

Guidelines and Forms
Proposal Examples


To view the full committee archives, please visit the Faculty Senate SharePoint Site.

Have more questions? Please contact the committee chairs, Marcello Forconi and Susan Klein.