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EMU Research

James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation

New Funding Opportunity Available - 

Tony and Lois Evans have recently graciously donated an additional $75,000 of funding for the James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation. Graduate Studies and Research will accept new proposals for funding beginning August 28, 2023.

We anticipate funding approximately 4-7 awards (up to $12,000 each) during this funding cycle. Teams can submit project budgets proportionately larger than the standard award budget.  (For example, a two-person team might reasonably submit a project budget up to $24,000.) We encourage the submission of innovative longer projects that extend beyond one funding cycle (for example, 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 with a budget up to $24,000).  We encourage revision/resubmission of unfunded proposals from previous funding cycles.

The purpose of the James H. Brickley Award is to facilitate faculty professional development and innovation through a broad range of activities, including but not limited to, things such as: 

  • Reassigned time from teaching for scholarly, creative and innovative endeavor
  • Conference presentations
  • Travel  
  • Hiring of research assistants  
  • Purchase of special equipment or supplies for teaching, scholarly, research, creative, or innovative activities
  • Development of a grant proposal for external funding 
  • Similar or related academic activities

Special emphasis is given to innovation, such as the application of newer techniques and technologies for creating mental health programs for immigrants, providing special workshops for parents with autistic children, or working with students, parents, teachers, and community leaders in addressing drug addiction.

  • Newer and untenured faculty members are especially encouraged to apply to this program.
  • All applicants are encouraged also to seek matching funds from other internal and external sources.

Application Process

Applicants must submit their applications electronically, logging in with your EMU credential. *Application portal will be posted no later than 30 days prior to deadline*


  • Submission of proposal August 28, 2022 - October 2, 2023 by 11:59 p.m. EST (Please allow yourself adequate time to answer our application questions in InfoReady and to upload your proposal)
  • Written award decision notification by October 16, 2023


Anthony and Lois Evans generously established the James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation in 2016.

Lois Evans is a retired mathematics teacher.  Tony Evans served in many administrative positions at EMU from 1975 to 1982, including Executive Vice President, Interim President, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Tony worked with former President James H. Brickley (1974–1978), for whom the endowment is named.

The Internal Research Programs are overseen by the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, located in 200 Boone Hall. Please, feel free to contact Tracy Pytlak at [email protected] with any questions or concerns about these programs. 

Past Recipients

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