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Liberty Funding

Grants: Internal Funding

Center for Academic Development (CAD)

As a primary location for professional development at Liberty University, the Center for Academic Development (CAD) offers information relevant to the promotion of excellence in teaching and learning at Liberty University.

The CAD offers two grants available only to Liberty faculty.

    • Deadline: March 31 each year

    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 need to do more than just listen. They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students need to engage in higher-order thinking tasks like analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Active learning engages students in two aspects — doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.


    • Full or part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives
  • Impact Grant
    • Deadline: January 30 each year

    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 Quality Enhancement Plan (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.


    • Residential adjunct faculty with at least one semester of teaching experience at Liberty University


Center for Research and Scholarship (CRS)

The Center for Research & Scholarship (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.

The CRS offers awards to Liberty faculty and students.

  • Faculty Professional Development Awards

    Faculty Professional Development Awards provide Liberty faculty with opportunities for professional development in teaching undergraduate residential students in areas of research and scholarship.

    The Faculty Professional Development Awards allow faculty to develop an effective and well-informed graduate research program (see Section IX of the QEP). These funds support opportunities such as hosting external speakers for on-campus workshops, purchase of online or print resources, enrollment in a university course, travel to conferences, and more.


    • You must be a faculty member teaching residential undergraduate courses (CLB Adjunct faculty teaching residential undergraduate courses are also eligible to apply)
    • You need to be currently involved in research mentorship or instruction
  • Research Intensive (R-I) Course Awards


    • You must be a faculty member teaching residential undergraduate courses
    • You need to be currently be involved in research mentorship or instruction
    • Demonstrate in your application how the student(s) will be a significant contributor(s) to this project
    • State how this research project/creative work has emerged out of a Research-Intensive (R-I) Course
  • Student Research Presentation Awards

    Student Research Presentation Awards support 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 support all Liberty faculty and students in the areas of research and scholarship. The PRI Awards 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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