Grant Development

This program is designed for faculty members who have the potential to write successful grant proposals for substantial funding from federal agencies (see criteria below). 

Recipients will be given one course release (3 credits) per semester for up to six semesters or until funding is awarded. 

The Provost’s Office will reimburse the recipient’s department for the cost of an adjunct to replace released courses. 

Because the intent of this program is to give faculty members time to work on a major proposal, a stipend may not be substituted for the release time, nor should the faculty member take on any additional extra service work during any semester in which release time is received. 

Recipients will be awarded up to $1500 annually for expenses directly incurred while writing the proposal (e.g., purchase of books or software, travel to grant-writing workshops, travel to meet with prospective sponsor)

Criteria for awards:


Sponsor: Federal agency (such as NSF, NIH) that allows use of federally negotiated indirect cost rate (73% of salary and wages) 

Project Budget

  1. Budget of at least $150,000
  2. Significant portion salary and wages
  3. Multi-year proposal
  4. If is collaboration with other colleges, SUNY Potsdam is lead college and SUNY Potsdam’s share of the budget meets the above criteria


Principal Investigator:

  1. Strong record of publication and conference presentations in grant area
  2. Track record of successful grant writing.


Submit three copies to the Office of the Provost by December 15 to apply for release time the subsequent fall semester and by March 15 for release time the subsequent spring semester.  The Provost will review applications with advice from the appropriate Dean and the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Major Federal Funding Grant Development Program Application