CATALYST Funding Program

CATALYST Funding Program

CATALYST Funding Program

On behalf of the Office of Research Development (ORD), the Division of University Research, and the Office of the President, ORD is pleased to announce the inaugural request for proposals (RFP) for the CATALYST Funding Program. This new program will replace the formerly titled Seed Funding Program.

This new internal funding opportunity will focus on supporting collaborative research proposals that fall within the five focus areas outlined in the University of the Future plan. Full-time faculty (holding membership in AFT Glassboro, AFT Camden, and AAUP School of Osteopathic Medicine) from all three campuses are encouraged to apply. For more details, the full RFP and application can be found here.

In addition to the change in focus, this program will include two submission deadlines this award cycle. Applicants may submit at the end of the Fall or Spring semesters. The due dates for each cycle will be December 20, 2021, and April 18, 2022. Each set of submissions will be reviewed by members of the Senate Research Committee. Those applicants not awarded in the Fall semester may reapply in the Spring semester. All awardees from both cycles will receive their funding beginning July 1st, 2022.

Please contact John Manuel at if you have any questions.


Please see the following Q&A following the introductory webinar:

Can a Department Head (administrator) be a collaborator?

Yes, Department Heads and/or Chairs may serve as collaborators.


Can a tenured faculty be a lead PI? Or must it be pre-tenure?

Both pre-tenure and tenured faculty may apply for this program.


Just want to clarify is this just for tenure track AFT faculty or does it also include any of the following: AFT lecturers, AAUP SOM faculty, CMSRU clinical faculty or others with "faculty appointments" Thanks!

According to the RFP, all tenure-track faculty within AFT Glassboro, AFT Camden, and AAUP SOM are welcome to apply to this opportunity.


Are applicants permitted to act as lead on one grant and then collaborator on another?

Yes, faculty may apply as lead on one application, but may serve as a collaborator on multiple applications.


If we apply in the fall and are not awarded are we going to get any feedback that we could possibly revise?

Yes, faculty may re-apply in the Spring cycle, if they are not awarded in the Fall cycle.


Up to how many proposals will be funded per application period?

This remains to be seen based on overall funds available, and the overall number of applications submitted.


Are tenure track AFT faculty librarians eligible to apply?

Yes, faculty in this category are welcome to apply.


What are the qualifications of external reviewers? Are they strictly within Rowan University?

External reviewers should be familiar with the disciplines represented in the application. To clarify, these suggested reviewers may be affiliated with Rowan or an external institution.


Are only original research projects funded or are community outreach or process/quality improvement projects also permitted?

This is an opportunity to fund research projects primarily, but applications may include programmatic components, as well.


What about conflicts of interest with external reviewers? For example, a former colleague or advisor?

We ask that faculty applicants consider this section carefully. We ask that faculty members suggest reviewers that have not served as a former advisor. Former colleagues or current collaborators are eligible to serve in this capacity.


Some competitive grants allow an initial and final review process? Is that also the case for this catalyst grant?

CATALYST applications will be reviewed by a team of reviewers consisting of members of the Senate Research Committee, suggested external reviewers, and the VP for Research.


Is there an upper limit on the number of projects you can be a collaborator on?

No, there is no upper limit, but we ask applicants to use their best judgment regarding their time, energy, and capacity to fully complete all aspects of proposed projects.