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Grant Writing Course Release Program

This policy establishes a framework to encourage academic year grantsmanship by creating a program offering a course release for the purposes of writing an external grant. As an initial program, the college may award 3-5 course releases per semester (fall & spring) beginning Fall 2023. Invitations to submit a proposal for a Grant-writing Course Release (GCR) and their review will occur in Spring/ Summer 2024.
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Research and Creative Endeavors Program for 2023-2024

The Research and Creative Endeavors Program is designed to provide faculty with seed money to pursue a research or scholarly project and eventually acquire external funding for their work. The maximum award per project is $2,000. Generally, this program does not provide funding for conference travel, computer equipment and general office expenses. Applications must be submitted via email to Jack McGuire.


  • November 1, 2023 by 4 p.m.
  • January 22, 2024 by 4 p.m.
  • April 19, 2024 by 4 p.m.

Guidelines: PDF File | Word File | Final Report

NEH Summer Stipend Incentive

This program encourages faculty with expertise in the humanities to apply for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend awards. These awards are prestigious and highly competitive--only two faculty members may be nominated to represent SUNY Potsdam. The NEH Summer Stipend award is $6,000 of support for two consecutive months of research and writing. The RSPO Incentive program will provide an additional $2,000 in summer stipend funds to anyone awarded an NEH Summer Stipend.


Faculty and academic staff with .5 FTE or greater appointment are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • will hold an appointment at SUNY Potsdam during the academic year following the award
  • have not received a notice of non-renewal
  • have complied with all requirements of previous SUNY Potsdam and extramural awards

Writing Guide

Provide the following items to RSPO--detailed instructions for each section can be found on the NEH Summer Stipends website:

  • Narrative—maximum Three single-spaced pages
  • Bibliography—maximum One single-spaced page
  • Résumé—maximum Two single-spaced pages

Deadline for Application

One copy of the proposal is due to the Research and Sponsored Programs Office by September 2, 2024. Send to Jack McGuire, at

Faculty will be notified by September 6, 2024 whether they have been selected as one of two institutional nominees. The two institutional nominees will submit their applications online to NEH by the fall deadline (September 20, 2024) and then provide a copy of the submitted application to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

NEH Summer Stipend Program