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CRCA Programs and Activities

Internal Grants 

The Salem State University Research Advisory Committee (URAC) administers three types of internal grants to support the research and creative activities of tenure-track or tenured faculty. Scholarship support grants (formerly “mini-grants”) provide up to $1,000 to promote the scholarship, research, publication, and creative work of our faculty; seed grants (up to $3,000) fund research and other activities undertaken in preparation for application to an external funding body; and summer research and creative activities grants (up to $4,000) fund research or creative activities undertaken in the summer that will result in publication or presentation at a professional conference, performance, exhibition, or government contract. 

For internal grant deadlines and more information, visit Polaris.  


External Grant Support

CRCA works closely with the Grants office, who serves the Salem State community by supporting those who are seeking external public funding via state or federal grants for special academic programs, professional development, curriculum development, research, community projects, and outside collaboration.  


Grants office services include: 

  • Search for potential funding sources and obtain application information and materials 
  • Advice and assistance regarding sufficient timing and planning to obtain final approval signatures and documents 
  • Guidance, information and contacts for budget development, campus collaboration, facilities, etc., for project planning 

For more information on external grants, contact Elaine Milo. 

Salem State is proud to be a 2023-2024 Fulbright Top Producing Institution.

CRCA regularly organizes events to help faculty apply for a Fulbright Scholarship. CRCA invites a Fulbright representative to campus to discuss opportunities and sponsors opportunities for interested faculty to meet with previous Fulbright recipients. In the spring and summer, CRCA also organizes writing groups for faculty interested in applying for a Fulbright.

Contact CRCA faculty fellow Vanessa Ruget for information.

Recent studies have shown that strong mentorship is vital to a successful and rewarding academic career. The CRCA mentoring program offers a unique opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary community of faculty scholars who support one another and share strategies for success. 

 The mentoring program typically offers a series of monthly meetings and workshops dedicated to helping junior and mid-career faculty to advance their scholarly agenda and manage time effectively. Between monthly meetings, smaller affinity groups meet with each other informally. 

For more information, contact Vanessa Ruget. 

The mission of the University Research Advisory Committee is to: 

  • Assess needs to promote research and propose plans; 
  • Develop a web presence to provide access to resources for faculty and students to conduct research; 
  • Promote the dissemination of faculty and student research.  

Contact Elizabeth Kenney for more information. 

Named in honor of the distinguished Hawthorne and Melville scholar, Salem State professor Joseph T. Flibbert, these awards have been given for over a decade in recognition of outstanding graduate student writing and research.



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