CERCLL Faculty Research Grants

The CERCLL Faculty Research Grant program promotes scholarly work connected to the mission of CERCLL as a Title VI National Language Resource Center, namely to research and develop the teaching of culture, language and literacy, especially within less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). See the 2016 and 2017 awardees here.

These awards provide up to $5,000 to tenured/tenure-track, research-track and continuing-track faculty at the University of Arizona. Postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and emeritae faculty are not eligible to apply. Preference is given to seed grant proposals (i.e., to applicants who wish to begin work on a project for which they will seek outside funding for future activities), but other proposals will be considered as well

Funds may be used for most justifiable purpose excluding faculty salary/supplemental compensation, travel not associated with the execution of the project, and course-related expenses. See the budget section of “Application Requirements” (below) for more information.

2017 awardees will give a webinar related to their project during the Fall 2017 semester, which will be shared with the CERCLL community.

Applications for projects beginning in summer 2018 will be due during the Spring semester, 2018.

For reference purposes, the complete application guidelines for 2017 awards are below.

Contact CERCLL with questions: cercll@email.arizona.edu

These grants are supported by funding from the University of Arizona’s Vice President for Research. The Research, Discovery & Innovation office provides researchers with the tools and resources that they need to be creative and to ask the important questions that lead to the important answers. They do so by enabling the research success of UA faculty through supporting university research centers, institutes, museums and core facilities; providing research development, compliance and safety services; and securing strategic external partnerships.

Application Requirements

This is a four-part application that should include (1) general information, (2) the project proposal, (3) a budget with justification, and (4) a 3-page CV.


1. General Information

This section should include:

  • Applicant Information: First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Position Title, Phone Number, Department Name
  • Proposal Title: A brief descriptive title, not to exceed 10 words.
  • Requested Amount: The maximum amount that can be requested is $5,000.
2. Project Proposal

Please include:

  • Abstract: This section should be a summary of what you intend to do, how you intend to do it, and why it is important. The abstract length should not exceed 150 words.
  • Project Description (2 pages maximum): This section should provide background information (e.g., why is your work important and what contributions will it make to your field?); an explanation for how it relates to CERCLL’s mission; a description of the work you intend to do including your objectives and their significance, with details about what you have accomplished in this area so far, if applicable; details about the methods you will employ to achieve your goals; a description of the impact you expect your project to make on the field and how you will measure that impact; and an explanation for how this grant would help you to obtain additional external funding (if applicable). Please also include any information about how this project will contribute to the mission of CERCLL and the University of Arizona, as well as your own professional goals.
  • You can also include a budget narrative in this section (not more than 300 words) explaining how the funds will be used. If your department or other sources will provide a match to the Faculty Research Grant, please indicate that here.
3. Budget

Funding for awards made for Summer 2017 should be spent by September 30, 2017. Please seek help from a Business Manager in your area to help with your budget and justification to make sure that University of Arizona Policies are adhered to. The Business Manager in your area will be the person to help you with the grant expenditures if you are awarded a grant; they should contact the SILLC Business Manager as soon as possible after the notification date regarding the grant account information and disbursement of funds.

Please ask for funds necessary to complete the project within the summer period for the grant award. Allowable expenditures include research-related travel, lodging and per diem (if an integral part of the project objectives); software; research supplies including equipment specifically for your project; archival/database fees; participant stipends; payment of consultants and research assistance (such as short-term hourly student wages). Unallowable expenditures include, but are not limited to, travel to conferences, faculty salaries, the purchase of general-purpose equipment, costs of curriculum development or work that is part of a scheduled course, and costs incurred prior to the award period.

Use the the budget form prepared for this application, requesting the amounts in the boxes provided and entering additional lines in the justification as needed. A figure must be entered in each box in the budget, even if you are not requesting anything in each category (in which case enter “0”.) If you are requesting funding for a category that is not listed, enter your amount in the box titled “Other”.

Click here for an example budget and justification.

Wages & ERE: Enter the total amount of student wages + ERE. Current ERE rates for the 2016-2017 academic year can be found at the link here. CERCLL Research grants cannot be used to fund faculty salary or supplemental compensation. The budget justification should briefly describe what the student(s) will be doing, and itemize their wages and ERE (e.g., 1 student at 10 hours/week for 5 weeks @ $15/hour = $750 + $26.25 (3.5% ERE) = $776.25).

Travel and Lodging: Enter the total amount of travel/lodging costs. Any travel/lodging requested must be integral to the project. Mileage reimbursement and travel costs should be at the University of Arizona rates (mileage is currently 44.5 cents/mile; for information about lodging and per diem, click here.


  • See above for allowable and unallowable operational expenses.
  • Participants/Subjects Payments: If the project requires the use of human subjects, enter total amount to be paid to subjects; include an itemized breakdown of the payments in the budget justification.
  • Consultant fees: Must be described in the budget justification, including the identity of the consultant, the reason that individual is required for the project, and an explanation for the amount of the fee required (including, for example, how much time they will contribute to the project or how many times they will be consulted).
  • Other: Amount budgeted for all other purposes not listed in the budget categories provided. The total amount must be itemized in the Budget Justification area. Equipment specific to the project is allowable in this section, however, requests cannot be made for computers and printers, etc, that faculty normally already have.

Budget Justification

To help reviewers understand your budget needs please explain each part of the budget request and state why it’s needed. You may wish to provide subcategories, especially if they represent a large part of your expenses. See the example budget and justification for details about the kinds of information required.

4. Brief CV

Please include a CV (3 pages maximum) with your application materials.