Getting Funded

Financial Support Is Critical

Mason offers faculty several avenues of support for research development and funding. The university, which holds a Carnegie Research 1 (R-1) ranking, will help you get the resources you need to conduct world-class work.

Research Development, Integrity, and Assurance

RDIA has established policies, procedures, and training sessions to ensure compliance with federal, state, university, and local regulations. Mason is committed to the highest ethical standards in research and scholarship.

The office provides information about external funding opportunities and helps researchers develop high-quality proposals, sponsored projects, and translational activities. RDIA also helps multidisciplinary teams come together within Mason and with external partners, and helps create effective collaborative proposals.

Office of Sponsored Programs

OSP supports external funding for research, provides guidance on budget proposals, and reviews cost-sharing agreements and contracts. OSP assists proposal budget development and submission by:

Reviewing, negotiating, and executing Mason contracts that involve sponsored projects.

Collaborating with researchers and administrators to coordinate institutional cost-sharing, contractual terms, and budget matters.

Coordinating account changes.

Communicating with sponsors.

Alerting researchers about new or revised federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.

Office of Research Computing

The ORC supports on-campus research computing resources, grid and cloud computing, and research computing support services. Research resources include:

Access to the Argo cluster for large-scale computational needs.

Virtual computers to work computations that can’t be done on desktops or laptops.

Use of XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), which provides access to supercomputers.

Research data storage and collaboration provided through NextCloud.

Access to EduRoam.

Acquisition of necessary computer hardware.

Research Development

Research Development helps researchers find, develop, and pursue financial backing for individual projects and team-based initiatives. Services include:

Limited submission review

Identification of funding sources

Seminars and workshops

Proposal assistance

Curriculum Impact Grants

The Curriculum Impact Grant (CIG) is a seed grant program that supports the generation of innovative curricular ideas and pilot programs that enhance Mason Impact and other cross-unit, multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate curriculum development activities. The Faculty and Curricular Activities committee and a team of peer reviewers evaluate and select curricular projects to fund. These projects represent an impressive array of collaborations across colleges and schools aiming to create high-impact learning experiences for students, deepening their engagement and development, and preparing them for substantive impact on the world.

4-VA Collaborative

The 4-VA Collaborative provides support for collaborative research that crosses institutional boundaries; STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); and course redesign. Funded and supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Office of the Provost oversees the 4-VA grant program at Mason.

Summer Impact Grants

Facilitated by the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), Summer Impact Grants provide support for summer research projects based around a central theme, question, or problem. Projects will be run by at least two faculty members and include from four to ten undergraduate students.

Fenwick Fellow Program

University Libraries' Fenwick Fellow Program provides support to Mason faculty members who pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field.