Internal Faculty Research Grants

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

  • Rasmussen Summer Research Fund for environmental projects
  • Presidential strategic initiative projects
  • HHMI projects
  • Shanahan endowment for student-originated projects

General Eligibility for Grant Opportunities

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.

Rasmussen Summer Research Fund

The Rasmussen Summer Research Fund supports student and faculty research in the area of environmental sustainability. Funding is for student research, but a proposal may be initiated either by a faculty member or by a student with a confirmed faculty advisor.

HHMI Collaborative Research Grants in Computational Biology

The Harvey Mudd College grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) provides resources to support collaborative research projects in computational biology. Harvey Mudd faculty are invited to apply for funding in accord with the following guidelines:

  1. The faculty investigators must include at least one person who is a member of the Harvey Mudd biology or computer science departments and at least one other person who is from:
    1. a different department or
    2. a different perspective within a discipline (e.g. a computational bioinformaticist and an experimental molecular biologist).
  2. The proposal should clearly describe the project’s relevance to computational biology and how each investigator will contribute to the project.
  3. The project should include the meaningful participation of undergraduate students, preferably in teams comprising students from different disciplines.
  4. The proposal should describe how the HHMI grant might lead to potential future extramural funding, and report progress if previously funded through this program.

Requests for funding should be submitted to Prof. Catherine McFadden, director of the HHMI program, at the start of the spring semester. Please follow these format guidelines:

Abstract

In one concise paragraph, state the importance of the project, the originality of the approach and the expected outcome of the research project if successful.

Proposal

The proposal should addressL

  1. the objective(s);
  2. rationale;
  3. significance of the collaboration, and;
  4. experimental aims. Please also include;
  5. a budget and budget justification, and;
  6. a two-page CV for each faculty collaborator.

Items 1 to 4 are limited to five pages of single-spaced text, including charts and illustrations.

Budget

The proposal may request funding for the following purposes:

  1. support for one or more students for the 10-week summer research period;
  2. consumable supplies or small equipment items;
  3. a faculty stipend or discretionary fund. Student stipends are normally $4,000 plus $354 (8.85 percent) to cover FICA. Awards will not typically exceed $10,000. Please address each line-item of the budget in your budget justification.

This information may be revised. Interested parties are advised to contact Prof. McFadden before applying at mcfadden@hmc.edu or 909.607.4107.

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.