Internal Funding

Center for Academic Development (CAD)

The Center for Academic Development (CAD) serves as a central location for professional development and the collection and dissemination of information relevant to the promotion of excellence in teaching and learning at Liberty University. They offer two internal grants that are only available to LU faculty. 


The purpose of the ILLUMINATE Grant is to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered active learning experiences for students. In order to learn, students must do more than just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students must engage in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Active learning engages students in two aspects – doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.

  • Applicant can be full- or part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives
  • Deadline: March 31 each year

Impact Grant

The Impact Professional Development Grant for Residential Adjunct Faculty is designed to encourage faculty growth, enhance student learning, and improve teaching practices by covering the expenses associated with attendance at a higher education teaching and learning or professional trade conference. Special consideration is given to attendance at conferences that support QEP initiatives of the development, design, and dissemination of collaborative research including curricular redesign, integration of technology into the classroom and collaborative and/or interdisciplinary teaching/learning opportunities.

  • Applicant must be residential adjunct faculty with at least one semester of teaching experience at Liberty University
  • Deadline: January 30 each year

Center for Research and Scholarship (CRS)

CRS coordinates and supports new and ongoing research initiatives for both faculty and students at Liberty University. CRS oversees the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), entitled "Illuminate: Cultivating a Community of Research and Scholarship," which focuses on improving research and scholarship among undergraduate residential students.

Faculty Professional Development Awards

Faculty Professional Development Awards Support professional development opportunities for faculty involved in teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate residential students in research and scholarship. These funds support hosting external speakers for on-campus workshops, purchase of online or print resources, enrollment in a university course, or travel to conferences, all related to developing an effective and well-informed undergraduate research program (see Section IX of the QEP).

  • Applicant should be a faculty member teaching residential undergraduate courses. (CLB Adjunct faculty teaching residential undergraduate courses are also eligible to apply)
  • Applicant should currently be involved in research mentorship or instruction

Research Intensive (R-I) Course Awards

Students or faculty participating in Research-Intensive (R-I) courses may apply for and receive awards offered through the Center for Research & Scholarship (CRS). R-I Awards administered by CRS will resource faculty or students for items including, but not limited to, faculty compensation, purchase of equipment (which becomes University assets) and supplies, travel (including overseas), consultation fees, student stipends, or other support services needed for the execution of research projects.

  • Applicant should be a faculty member teaching residential undergraduate courses
  • Applicant should currently be involved in research mentorship or instruction
  • Applicant should demonstrate in his/her application how the student(s) will be a significant contributor(s) to this project
  • Applicant should state how this research project/creative work has emerged out of a Research-Intensive course.

Student Research Presentation Awards

Student Research Presentation Awards supports travel expenses for student researchers who have been accepted to present their research at an external event (e.g., a conference, symposium, or exhibition). Students awarded travel funding must travel to the conference and be a significant contributor to the research project/creative work.

Provost Research Initiative (PRI) Awards

Provost Research Initiative (PRI) Awards will support all LU faculty and students in the areas of research and scholarship. The PRI will be administered by the Center for Research & Scholarship (CRS) and The Graduate School in conjunction with the Provost Office. PRI provides funds to students and faculty to support research and scholarship through the following awards:

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