Institute for Research & Scholarship

Applying for External Grants

Butler encourages faculty and staff to seek support for research, scholarly, programmatic and creative endeavors.  Grant and fellowship opportunities are available from a variety of sources, all of which have their own priorities and guidelines.  All faculty and staff who are planning to seek external funding should contact Dana Ohren, Manager, Pre-Award Services, at the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship (BIRS), early in the process. 

For all applications for external funding, please complete the Authorization for External Funding form.  This form ensures compliance with all University procedures and research protocols as applicable.  It also guarantees that the Provost, Vice President of Finance and Administration, and your chair and dean (or supervisor) all approve of the timing of the award, as well as any other commitments (staffing, equipment and space, programmatic, curricular and/or financial impact) made on behalf of the University.

Bring the Approval Form, with signatures from your department chair or program director and dean, and a draft of your proposal and budget to the BIRS office in JH109 at least two weeks prior to the application deadline to make sure that there is enough time for your application's review.  If the form and proposal are not given to the BIRS office two weeks in advance of the due date, it cannot be guaranteed that the application will be approved for submission before its deadline.