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Professional Development - Professional Development Grants

As part of UMaine’s NSF supported ADVANCE Project, funds will be available to faculty in STEM and social and behavioral science (SBS) fields and to Rising Tide Advocates and Allies who directly promote ADVANCE-related efforts aimed at increasing the representation and advancement of women in the academic STEM and SBS careers.  

The grants competition/application period for 2014-2015 is now closed. Read abstracts for this year’s funded projects here

Previous grant recipients may submit required  progress or final reports using the on-line link above.

  • Awards will be made in the program areas highlighted below
  • View updated Requests for Proposals for each program using the links below
  • Submissions will be accepted from NOVEMBER 1, 2014 through JANUARY 15, 2015
  • Awards will be announced in March 2015

Click on the links below to view or print the  updated RFPs.

Professional Development Grant Links Fall/Winter 2014-2015

  • Research Seed Grants:   These awards can be used to develop new collaborations or to collect preliminary data that will facilitate submission of a competitive grant proposal or preparation of a peer-reviewed publication.
  • Leadership Development and Career Advancement GrantsAwards to facilitate participation of women faculty in training, mentoring, and leadership development activities.
  • Advocate & AlliesNew in 2014: Funding to support professional development and learning for Rising Tide Advocates and Allies in the areas of gender equity, bias literacy and diversifying faculty

Use this link to explore these training opportunities, and more: Leadership & Professional Development Activities.

Leslie Forstadt, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Child and Family Development Specialist   leslie forstadt

Leslie received an ADVANCE Climate Grant in 2011 to fund development of a mindfulness program for UMaine employees.  In 2015 she modified the program to offer mindfulness strategies at the networking conference.

 Climate Award Links Fall/Winter 2014-2015

  • Departmental/Unit Awards:   These awards will aid STEM and SBS units seeking to update departmental guidelines for annual faculty review, promotion and tenure, post tenure review, review letter formats and other faculty assessment metrics. The Rising Tide Center will collaborate and consult with grant recipients to ensure the processes are fair and consistent.

Grant funds in general, may be used to support: visiting scholars; PI travel to plan and conduct collaborative research; travel to UMaine from other UMS campuses; writing groups; release time for professional development opportunities; equipment and summer salary to collect preliminary data to support research and proposal development; consultant fees for departmental climate activities;  administrative internships; and other efforts supporting ADVANCE goals. Please refer to the RFP for the program of interest for additional detail and budget limits.

All applicants must describe how their proposed plan will influence the careers of STEM/SBS women, either directly or indirectly.

Program Guidelines (PDF)

ADVANCE Grants Application Form (PDF) Please print your completed Application Form as you may not be able to save the data entered.

ADVANCE Grants Budget & Budget Justification Form (Excel)

ADVANCE Rising Tide Grants Program FAQ (PDF)

NSF Supported Disciplines (PDF)

Leadership & Professional Development Activities (PDF)





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