The second strategic direction of Rutgers University-Camden’s Strategic Plan is enhancing high-quality and interdisciplinary graduate and professional programs. To build upon our significant assets, the Graduate School aim to maintain the nationally recognized level of quality in professional programs while launching innovative approaches to curriculum, organization, and delivery of programs (strategic plan 2.2).

To support this end, the Associate Dean for Research has established the Graduate Program Enhancement Grants that enables graduate departments or programs to pilot innovative initiatives which include, but are not limited to supporting collaborations with other national or international universities, creative efforts in graduate student recruitment, workforce consultations, and donor outreach. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded each academic a year. 

Application and Submission

  • Any graduate department and/or program from Rutgers University – Camden may apply.
  • Applications must include:
  • A final written report summarizing the results of the initiative will be due by May 1, 2018. At that time a budget report will be due also.


Applications are due to the Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, March 22, 2017 with decision by end of the month. Electronic submissions (Adobe PDF) are required and should be sent to fasresearch@camden.rutgers.edu. Save your file name as Department_ProgramEnhancementGrant.pdf. Please indicate “2017-2018 Grad Program Enhancement Grant” in the subject line of your email.

Evaluation Criteria

The Research Funding Committee will evaluate and rank all proposals. In selecting proposals to be funded, priority will be given to applications that closely align with Rutgers University – Camden’s Strategic Plan.

Research Award Reimbursable Expenses:

Awards for these programs take the form of research grants and as such carry certain university-mandated restrictions regarding approved uses of awarded funds.

  1. The awards should be used in their entirety by the end of the academic year. Any unused funds will be forfeited.
  2. Allowable uses include travel, conference, archival research, fieldwork, and similar reimbursable expenses. Please see page one of this document.
  3. Oversight and budgetary control will reside with the FASC Dean’s Office.  Please consult with this office when developing your budget. Expenses and costs must comply with all relevant university policies, and state and federal regulations.  
  4. Budgeted categories must include only one‐time costs.  These funds are temporary, and may not be used for permanent on‐going costs.   
  5. Recurring costs, such as telephone, rent, or lease costs, should not be charged to the grant.  Costs related to repair and maintenance of grounds and buildings, custodial and vehicular supplies, and selected other non‐academic expenses are NOT allowable under the grant.
  6. Hourly payment of a student worker is NOT allowed under the grant.  Faculty, post‐doctoral fellow, part‐time/temporary, and TA/GA salaries, including summer salaries, may NOT be charged to the grant.   Student aid or student tuition and fee costs are NOT allowable.  Costs associated with the purchase of equipment or software, or facilities renovations may NOT be charged to the grant. No permanent hiring may be done with these funds.
  7. Transcription services are NOT allowed.
  8. To be reimbursed for research supplies
    1. Provide original receipts
    2. Receipts should include date, evidence of payment and zero balance due.
    3. Pre-approved software purchases should be made through RCIT/RIAS.
  9. To be reimbursed for participant compensation
    1. Only allowed with active IRB numbers may request reimbursement.
    2. If participation is not confidential, the signature sign in sheet with the date compensation was received needs to be submitted.
    3. If participation is confidential, a numbered sheet with the date the compensation was received needs to be submitted with a note that says that names will be maintained by the department.

For research reimbursement guidelines please see the Procedures for Requesting Reimbursement