Internal Faculty Research Grant Opportunities

In-house sources of funding exist to encourage and strengthen scholarly activity and foster a community of scholars across disciplines at Harvey Mudd. Promoting faculty professional development, internal grants also couple research and education, and enhance experiential learning on campus.

Funding Categories

Reviewed by the Faculty Research Committee

  • Beckman Endowment funds
  • The Rose Hills Foundation Science and Engineering Summer Research Fellowships (includes a $1250 stipend or discretionary funds for faculty).
  • The Sherman Fairchild Foundation Summer Research Fellowships (includes funding for supplies/travel and $1,000 for faculty)
  • The Fletcher Jones Foundation Summer Research Fellowships (includes $2,000 for supplies/travel related to the research project)

Reviewed by special groups with separate requests for proposals

  • Center for Environment Studies grants
  • Presidential strategic initiative projects
  • HHMI projects
  • Shanahan endowment for student-originated projects

Current Research Grant Opportunities

The following opportunities are currently available to Harvey Mudd faculty, provided that they meet the general eligibility guidelines:

General Eligibility

Projects must involve at least one Harvey Mudd faculty member who is a full-time regular appointee. Proposals for joint research projects are accepted if at least one of the participants is a full-time regular Harvey Mudd faculty member. Only full-time Harvey Mudd College faculty are eligible for stipend support. Though some internally funded programs allow for summer faculty stipends, no one may receive more than one faculty stipend from internally funded programs in any given summer. Moreover, no one may ask for an internally funded stipend in addition to any externally funded stipend. Funds for faculty stipends, while available, are quite limited given the general emphasis on supporting students. These funds are not available for course development.

For faculty who received previous internal funding, consideration of a new proposal will be contingent on the receipt of the final report describing the funded project..

Unless a final report has been submitted prior to the submission of a new proposal, the proposal will be returned without review. Proposals that do not follow the instructions will be returned without review.

Beckman Endowment and General Support Research Grants

Proposals for Beckman Endowment and general support research grants are reviewed and recommended for funding by Harvey Mudd’s Faculty Research Committee. In recent years, the Beckman Endowment has provided in annual support for six to eight projects.

Center for Environmental Studies Grants

The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) grants are intended to support student research. All CES-supported projects must have a faculty advisor, though proposals may be initiated by students or faculty. Research projects may be centered in science, engineering, mathematics, social sciences, the humanities or a combination of fields.

HHMI Collaborative Research Grants in Computational Biology

The Harvey Mudd grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) provides resources to support collaborative research projects in computational biology. The project should include the meaningful participation of undergraduate students, preferably in teams comprising students from different disciplines.

Strategic Vision Funding

As announced by President Maria Klawe each semester, funds are available to groups or individuals who have ideas that would advance one or more of the College’s six Strategic Vision themes. An online application is required.