PoP Grant for Faculty

The Proposal or Pilot (PoP) Grant is designed to assist CISLL faculty affiliates in two ways:

  • Development of research or service oriented grant proposals for external funding or
  • Collection of pilot data needed to prepare for research or service oriented grant proposals for external funding
The  PoP Grant promotes the development of new proposals for research oriented or outreach oriented grants directly related to the mission of the center.

Award Eligibility


  • Faculty affiliates are encouraged to apply in interdisciplinary* groups
    • interdisciplinary proposals will be given special consideration during the review process
  • Proposals that do not involve an interdisciplinary team of researchers will be given consideration
Awards will only be given to individuals who are affiliated with CISLL, but individuals hired by the awardee need not be affiliates of the Center.

*The National Science Foundation describes interdisciplinary research as a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice.


Award amounts may vary depending on need, with a maximum amount per award of $2,000. Awards may be used to support travel to confer with funding agencies whether public or private, attendance at workshops for seeking external funding or salary to support proposal development. Other expenditures will be considered, but are subject to evaluation. However, no equipment can be purchased from these funds. 

Note: All funds awarded for the CISLL PoP Grant must be SPENT by June 1 of the academic year in which the grant was awarded.


All awardees will be expected to:

  • Share an informal report of progress at the CISLL summer retreat (typically held in May or June)
  • Submit a copy of the completed proposal for external funding to the CISLL Office within one year of receiving the grant
  • Submit a final report on your project, including information about activities completed and findings
    • Must be submitted by the beginning of the next academic year

Committee Review

The PoP Grant Committee will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Importance of the project and its contribution to CISLL and your scholarly or outreach agenda
  • Potential for future external funding and  dissemination of the associated scholarship
  • Connection to the mission of CISLL
  • Feasibility of completing the proposal for external funding in the stated time period and relevance of the budget request to the stated objectives
  • Interdisciplinary team proposals will receive special consideration

Applications will be rank ordered by the committee. Funding will be allocated in rank order based on the committees' recommendations until the maximum amount the CISLL budget has designated for these PoP Grants has been committed.

These PoP Grants are not to support scholarship directly but rather to support the external grant proposal writing process or the collection of pilot data needed for to submit such a proposal. Any future proposals for external funding following receipt of this award must list CISLL as an interdisciplinary unit associated with the project.

Application Submission and Deadline

A completed application must be submitted by October 5, 2018. Applications must adhere to the length limitations of four pages, single-spaced with one-inch margins and no smaller than 12-point font. The application must address all topics and guidelines:

  • Brief narrative of the purpose and importance of the project
  • The contribution to the mission of CISLL
  • Brief narrative on how this funding will be used in support of potential future funding
    • e.g. concrete information that shows you are working toward a proposal for external funding
  • Brief statement of how the results of the project will be disseminated
  • The relationship of this project to your area of expertise within the scope of CISLL
  • An anticipated timeline for completion of the proposal for external funding
    • include a description of your plans to turn your project into a grant and the anticipated agency(s) and due date(s) for which you plan to submit your project
  • An itemized budget of expenses associated with developing the proposal