CAFE Funding Programs

Educational Research Mini-Grants

The educational research mini-grant program is designed to help instructors tackle a teaching and learning issue in which a specific, measurable research question is examined to bring about improved student learning, retention or academic success. There is also funding to help defray costs of publishing or presenting previous mini-grant projects.

Data from educational research mini-grant projects spanning five years of faculty projects, have shown measurable increases in instructor satisfaction, student learning, student-instructor interactions, and end of course evaluation scores as a result of these projects. 

Professional Development Funds for Early Career Faculty

Professional Development Funds for Early Career Faculty of up to $1,000 are available to support registration fees, airfaire, hotel and per diem travel to a conference or workshop or to visit with fund managers. Proposals, which are accepted on a rolling basis, are welcome from both tenure track and non-tenure track faculty. Typically, the support is available for use during the summer or fall semester following the faculty member's first year on campus.

Mini-Sabbatical Program

The Mini-Sabbatical program is designed to enable faculty to learn new technologies or build new collaborations for purposes such as: pursuing funding opportunities, building new collaborations for scholarly activities, developing new courses, or enhancing existing classes. All TT and NTT are eligible to apply. This program is focused on, but not limited to, mid-career faculty seeking to initiate new research and teaching endeavors. 

Click here for the Mini-Sabbatical Proposal Form.

Provost's eFellows Grants

The Provost's eFellows grants are being re-instituted thanks to funding from the CAFE. Educational Technology administers the eFellows program, which supports the creation or redesign of courses incorporating technology, using best practices in course design. Click here for the eFellows Call for Proposals. Contact Julie Phelps, Instructional Design team lead, at with questions.

Special Opportunity Fund

Discretionary funding is now available for specific professional development activities for faculty around teaching and research. If your professional development need cannot be covered by one of the other CAFE grants, you may be eligible for the Special Opportunity Fund. For funding related to travel, please apply for the Professional Development Travel Grant. Click here for the Special Opportunity Fund application. 

Curriculum Development Faculty Grants

Curriculum development grants are available to make a change in a course that infuses entrepreneurial-mindset, design thinking, leadership, innovation or creativity directly into the undergraduate student experience. Funding is made available by the Innovation Fund through Bonnie Bachman.

Faculty Reports on Professional Development Travel Grants

Early career faculty who take advantage of the professional development travel grants submit one-page reports as a result of travel to conferences or to visit fund managers. You can access these reports below. 

Sutapa Barua  
Rui Bo  
Kristen Donnell   
Sarah Hercula  
XB Hu  
 Jie Huang  
Kendrea James  
Alanna Krowlikowski  
Hongyan Ma  
Joontaek Park  
Rachel Schneider  
Haiming Wen