Catalyst Grants

The College of the Arts awards Catalyst Grants to faculty for interdisciplinary research and creative projects involving undergraduate students.  Applicants are encouraged to design their projects by innovating across disciplines and engaging students as meaningful collaborators.

Catalyst grants are available for up to $5,000. Faculty MUST collaborate with at least one faculty/staff from another school in the College of the Arts, from another college at Kent State University, or a partner external to KSU.  All projects MUST also include the involvement of undergraduate students as research collaborators (more than just participants or laborers).

  • All funded Catalyst Grant projects must be completed by June 15 unless approved in advance.
  • An interim progress report is required of all grant recipients by December 15.
  • A final report MUST be submitted by June 15.

Catalyst Grant Guidelines

"As part of the proposal, faculty will be expected to submit the following:

1. Project Goals (one or two sentence summary)

2. Project Summary (500 words max), addressing the following items:

a.         Project description: Describe the motivations, content, and breadth of the project on one page only, in a way that can be understood by colleagues outside your field. What are the intended or expected outcomes?  What are the specific learning outcomes for the undergraduate student collaborators on the project?

b.         Relevance: How does this project relate to the strategic goals of the School, College and University?

c.         Student Involvement: How will the project directly engage undergraduate students on the Kent Campus as collaborators?  What are the student learning outcomes?

d.         Creative Impact: How will this project encourage creative thinking or novel insights in the field/ community/population? What innovative outcomes are expected, and why?

e.         Community Impact: How will the project impact the campus community, overlapping with other departments/schools? Will it reach beyond the campus for local, statewide, national or international impact?

f.          Evaluation: How will you improve the quality of the project as work is being conducted? How will you evaluate the outcomes of this project?

g.         Documentation and Dissemination: How will the research or outcomes of the project be captured and shared with the university and external community? Please give details of both internal and external dissemination plans for the research. 

3.         Project timeline. Provide logistical details about how the project will unfold. This can be in tabular format. Please include activity beginning and end dates.  Note:  Projects must be completed by June 15.

4.         Project budget summary. Provide both a budget table of expenses and a brief budget narrative explaining how the requested funds will be used. Specify where any other sources of funding might be coming from (including any financial contribution from the School) and/or how this project will position you for external funding from grants or agencies."

Eligibility and Extended Guidelines

  • Faculty applicants must be full-time faculty on the Kent Campus.
  • All projects must include the involvement of undergraduate students. All students, including student employees, must have a significant role in the project with identified learning outcomes.
  • Grants are awarded for one academic year. Projects must be completed by June 15.
  • A progress report is required of all grant recipients by December 15.
  • A final report must be submitted to the Associate Dean - Research by June 15. The report should include a section describing how the funds were spent. All receipts for expenditures are due by May 31.
  • The outcomes of each funded catalyst grant MUST be documented & uploaded to the A2RU website as part of the final report requirements.
  • Catalyst grant recipients must plan to give a maximum two-minute presentation or video as part of the Fall College of the Arts retreat meeting.
  • Grant funds CANNOT be spent on travel. 
  • Grant funds may not be used to pay stipends to faculty.
  • Grant funds may not be spent on food or entertainment.
  • Faculty awarded Catalyst Grants must attend an orientation for spending processes and procedures.
  • All expenditures are subject to college, university and state policies and procedures.
  • If your budget includes hiring/paying students as research collaborators, each student must be hired by the School in consultation with the Dean’s Office, with the principle investigator as the official approver of the student’s time cards.