The ability of a researcher to support his/her own research program with external funding is a factor that reflects favorably on a candidate's research credentials. Candidates who have grants that are not funded but have a positive evaluation from competent peer judgment can present that evaluation as a credential that works in favor of tenure and promotion. Evidence of sustained attempts to obtain research grants is essential for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor and for promotion to Professor. Obtaining external funding to support a Faculty member's research adds considerably to the case for tenure and promotion, particularly for promotion to Professor. A very significant factor in assessing research accomplishment of Kent campus Faculty is a consistent pattern of submitting grant proposals and even more significance is associated with essentially continuous external support.