Research and Artistry

Research and Artistry is an annual internal grant program supporting faculty research, scholarship, and artistry activities. Applications are due in the fall and awards are made in the spring. The process is competitive, and all applications are reviewed by a faculty committee.

Proposals are invited from NIU faculty to support research, scholarship, and artistry activities in all academic areas. This support reflects the university's commitment to investing resources in faculty research, scholarly, and creative activities.

Proposals will be accepted in two categories:

Complete proposal and budget guidelines, evaluation criteria and selection procedures are provided separately for Opportunity and Facilitation grants.

Program eligibility is limited to tenured and pre-tenure, tenure track faculty members. View additional eligibility details below.


  • Applicants must have a tenure-track teaching or research faculty appointment during the application and award academic years (2022-2023 and 2023-2024). Both untenured and tenured faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Individuals who have received Research and Artistry funding for the past two consecutive years are not eligible to apply.
  • Collaborative proposals may be submitted by more than one faculty member, including interdisciplinary submissions by faculty from different units/departments/colleges. Such proposals must identify a lead/contact PI. Each of the submitting faculty members must meet eligibility requirements. Collaborative proposals will be assigned a single score.
  • An individual can be the lead/contact PI on no more than one proposal and a key participant on no more than two proposals (regardless of category). Each individual may request summer salary on only one proposal and in accordance with budgetary limitations specified elsewhere in these guidelines.


Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 9, 2022.

Proposals received after this deadline will not be accepted for review. Proposals submitted on time but that are incomplete or otherwise non-compliant will not be reviewed.

Note that technical support for InfoEd proposal development and submission is not available outside of business hours. We strongly suggest that you prepare and submit your proposal well in advance of the deadline to ensure adequate time to address any technical issues you may encounter.

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted via NIU’s InfoEd portal

  • Instructions for logging in to InfoEd and starting your proposal are available on the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships Electronic Research Administration webpage.
  • Login instructions and support documents are available.
  • Review the support document "Creating a Research and Artistry proposal" for steps to complete and submit your proposal.
  • You will also find instructions on each page of the InfoEd proposal record for how to complete that page.
  • For technical assistance with the InfoEd submission process, send an email to erahelp@niu.eduand reference "Research and Artistry 2023" in the subject line.

The process is completely electronic. Proposals submitted by any method other than the InfoEd portal will not be accepted.

Evaluation Process

Proposals will be reviewed and scored by members of the Research and Artistry Selection Committee. The Research & Artistry Selection Committee will evaluate submitted proposals in the context of the program-specific criteria to develop scores and formulate funding recommendations. Proposals will be discussed by the full Committee and the scores (and the averages) adjusted if warranted.

Final Selection and Budgets

The vice president for research and innovation partnerships (VP-RIPS) will make final selections based on the selection committee recommendations and rankings and balancing of categories and disciplines. The budgets and budget justifications of the selected proposals will be reviewed and adjusted (if necessary) by the VP-RIPS. Once awards are finalized, the RIPS business office will offer one or more webinars to awardees and their designated business managers to explain award and expenditure procedures. Attendance at the webinar(s) and formal acceptance of award terms are required before award funds will be released.

Contact Us

If you do not find an answer to your question in the FAQ, you may contact the emails listed below with questions about your research and artistry proposal or award.

Proposal and overall program contact: for questions about proposal requirements including RFP clarifications, opportunity vs. facilitation proposal categories, eligibility requirements, budget restrictions/allowances or other miscellaneous questions.

Technical contact: for questions about the InfoEd submission portal or troubleshooting assistance. Please reference "research and artistry" in the email subject line.

Post-award management: for questions about award management guidance and requirements described in your award letter or other questions specific to a current award.