The application and other letters of recommendation must be received by October 2, 2023.
Chair Endorsement Forms are due by October 9, 2023.

Please read this set of guidelines and advice: CRF tips: Advice for Faculty Preparing for Calvin Research Fellowships.

Before you begin this application, you must discuss your project plans and outcomes with your department chair. Once you have submitted your application, your chair (or academic dean) will receive an automatic email with a link to the Chair Endorsement Form. Chair Endorsement Forms are due by October 9, 2023.

Applications and all other letters of support must be submitted no later than midnight, October 2, 2023. Applications are also considered incomplete until all reports from previous internal funding have been submitted. (If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Dean for Faculty Development and Research Initiatives.)

WARNING: This online application DOES NOT allow you to save a partially completed or completed version of this form to your desktop. You should receive an automatic email copy of your application after you submit. If you do not, please email the Office of the Dean for Faculty Development and Research Initiatives. If you need to correct errors or update your application before the deadline, please contact the Office of the Dean for Faculty Development and Research Initiatives.

By completing the online form below, you can generate all documents required for a CRF application.
This online application substitutes for Section 5.2 of the Faculty Handbook.

Name (type first letters of your last name, or scroll down list)

Date of Hire (mm/yyyy)
Year in which terminal degree was awarded (mm/yyyy)
Tenured? (check if yes)

Please specify the type(s) of CRF you are requesting. Request 2 or 4 credit hours per term, with maximum of 8 for the year..
   # Fall Credit Hours Requested    # Spring Credit Hours Requested     # May Term Credit Hours Requested
Attach complete Curriculum Vitae (.pdf formatted preferred)

Provide references. One letter of support is required from the department chair.  Beyond this, up to two additional letters of support are allowed (but not required).

Important: Each letter of reference should be sent as an email attachment, addressed to Dr. David Wunder, Dean for Faculty Development and Research Initiatives, and emailed to The chairperson's endorsement must be submitted each year for each proposal. However, external letters of reference may be used for up to three years, as long as they are closely related to the proposed project. Please contact the Office of the Dean for Faculty Development and Research Initiatives if you would like to attach any letters that are already on file. It is the applicant's responsibility to see that all letters of reference have been submitted by the CRF application deadline.

Choose your chairperson's (or academic dean's) name (*required)

Chairperson (or academic dean) complete email address (*required)

Ref. 2 Name          
Ref. 3 Name                           

Provide a brief title for your proposed project.

Provide a brief abstract of your proposal (250-word maximum).

Project Description
Three single-spaced pages of text (maximum); one additional page is allowed for bibliography, and another for digital images.

The description should explain what it is you hope to do and why, and it should be written in terms that can be understood by an academic committee of faculty outside of your discipline. It should also describe how your own experience and expertise have prepared you for the proposed work. NOTE: in the text boxes below, you will be asked for other relevant information that does not need to be included in the project description.

Upload Project Description: (.pdf formatted preferred)

Please provide the information requested below. Each text box has a 250-word limit.

Describe the expected project outcomes and the benefits to the applicant, the profession, and the university.

Pedagogical impact statement. Describe any contributions that the project will make toward course/curriculum development and implementation (be sure to include any FEN- or sustainability-related elements).

Provide a work schedule or other justification that explains why the requested teaching reduction is appropriate for the proposed project.

If your project requires funding beyond the teaching reduction afforded by the CRF, explain where you will be getting that supplemental support.

Explain any efforts to obtain outside funding, if such is available in your field.

Remember, any research that involves human subjects must have IRB approval. Will you be seeking IRB approval for this project? yes     no

By checking this box, I agree not to accept any other remunerative employment without the explicit, written consent from the dean for faculty development.
E-signature. By checking this box, I certify that the information given in this application is true and complete without evasion or misrepresentation. I understand that willful omission, falsification, or incomplete statements within this application may jeopardize my potential for funding. I also understand that the Faculty Development Committee may examine my previous reports on funding from the university.