Purpose & Goals


Provide pilot grant money to HS faculty and staff to support scholarly projects with a clear role in meeting Health Sciences mission:

The Health Science programs will be a center of excellence in interdisciplinary education, clinical training, community service learning, leadership and scholarship. Faculty members are recognized as leaders in their fields and are dedicated to scholarly activities and educating students to improve the health and well-being of local, regional, national, and international communities. Our graduates will continue the tradition of excellence by working as members of collaborative, interprofessional teams that provide compassionate, client-centered, and culturally competent care to individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings and roles, engaging in lifelong scholarship and by becoming leaders in their areas of specialization and interest.

This program is designed to recognize and promote the following four aspects of scholarship (Boyer 1997): 

  1. Discovery – advances knowledge through rigorous research methods
  2. Integration – connects knowledge across disciplines, professions, and contexts
  3. Application – brings the resources and knowledge of the university to bear on the needs of the greater communities they serve
  4. Teaching – study teaching models and practices to promote optimal learning


  • Support collection of pilot data that have a high likelihood of securing significant extramural funding.
  • Boost research capacity and scholarly productivity.
  • Build productive interprofessional and mentoring partnerships within and beyond health sciences.
  • Promote effective use of technology in teaching and learning in classroom and online environments.
  • Test processes for delivering and monitoring high quality academic programs.
  • Engage health sciences students, faculty and staff in service learning opportunities.

Focal Themes

As a result of the Emerging Scholars program, 2-4 grants per fiscal year will be administered, awarded, and monitored. The following three focal themes should guide submissions.

Scholarship of Discovery

Support for projects similar in scope to an NIH R03. Applications will be evaluated for their scientific rigor, significance, and potential to support further funding. Funding priority will be given to projects that include a mentor/protégé relationship, collaboration across disciplines, or translational focus. Budget limit – $50,000 award per fiscal year.

Scholarship of Teaching

Support for high quality teaching and learning in HS programs.  Funding priority will be given to projects that have impact on a program level, support faculty and instructional development in the effective use of technology in teaching and learning, engage student in active learning, or provide opportunities for students to participate in and report on the research process. Budget limit – $25,000 award per fiscal year.

Quality Improvement

Support for projects that implement and evaluate administrative and communication processes designed to provide a quality experience for HS customers. Funding priority is given to applications from a community of practice or to projects that systematically evaluate a program. Budget limit – $10,000 award per fiscal year.

Scholarship of Integration/Application

Support for projects that form collaborations with Office of Clinical Practice Innovation for the purposes of conducting research to promote new clinical practice insights and innovations in the Health Science professions by integrating and applying existing information across disciplines, and by seeking to “…interpret, draw together, and bring new insight to bear on original research” (Boyer, 1990). Budget limit – $50,000 award per fiscal year.