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ISRCA FY22 Application Deadline

Friday, October 01, 2021 - 5:00 PM






The Senior Vice President & Provost and the Vice President for Research invite applications for the Independent Scholarship, Research, and Creativity Awards (ISRCA) from full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members at the University of Maryland, College Park, at the assistant professor rank or higher. This program provides several funding options to support faculty pursuing scholarly or creative projects. Funding will be available beginning January 2022 and must be expended within two years of the award date.


The ISRCA program defines scholarly and creative pursuits to include both the scholarship of discovery (i.e., the pursuit of knowledge and/or creative expression for its own sake) and the scholarship of integration (i.e., the interpretation and critical analysis of original research or creative expressions). Types of inquiry and methods supported by ISRCA include, but are not limited to: historical, humanistic, interpretive, or ethnographic approaches; explorations of aesthetic, ethical, and/or cultural values and their roles in society; critical and rhetorical analyses; archival and/or field research; development and/or production of creative works. If you are unsure whether your work would qualify, please contact Hana Kabashi (hkabashi@umd.edu) to discuss your proposal.


All full-time (1.0 FTE), tenured/tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor rank or higher at the University of Maryland, College Park, are eligible to apply.

  • Faculty on 9/9.5 month appointments may request summer salary. Faculty on 12-month appointments may apply; however, funds are not to be used as a salary enhancement or supplement.
  • Individuals are limited to submitting one application per funding cycle.


  • Up to $10,000 per award
  • Estimated 10-12 awards will be made
  • Three funding options:
    • Semester teaching release awards: Faculty will be released from teaching duties during the semester for which the award is granted, and the faculty member’s department will receive the funding. As with all release/leave requests, granting of a semester teaching release depends on the ability of the department or program to maintain necessary teaching obligations and operations, and therefore approval of the department chair is required (see Letter of Support Instructions below).
    • Summer salary awards*: Faculty will receive awards as summer salary during the summer for which the award is granted.
    • Research-related expenses awards*: Faculty will receive awards during the semester for which the award is granted. *Note: applicants may combine summer salary and research-related expense requests up to a total request of $10,000.