Initiative Grants Application Information


1.  Review the Initiative Grants Application (to see the entire application click here), the selection criteria, and the potential research activities. Direct any questions to Nita Stemmler at by February 1, 2017.

2.  Write a project narrative (maximum of nine double-spaced pages) that includes the following:

  • A statement of the problem, question, or issue the proposed project will address, the means by which the project will address the issue, the significance of the project to the larger academy, and the methodology that will be employed.
  • A clear articulation of how the research will be significantly informed by Christian practices, perspectives, or purposes.
  • A description of the team members, with a summary of previous research and publication related to their proposed topics for research.
  • A plan for individual or collaborative research by team members, with reference to how the proposed research is related to existing literature on these topics.
  • A proposal for activities to be funded by the grant over the three-year grant period, with a cost breakdown for each activity and a rationale for the proposed distribution of funds.
  • A plan for creating and disseminating specific scholarly products to the larger academy, including article and chapter outlines, details of creative performances, and the like.

3.  Prepare a bibliography of works cited in the narrative.

4.  Write a 400-word abstract summarizing the focus, significance, and approach of the proposed research.

5.  Prepare a curriculum vita for each member of the proposed research team, with a maximum length of five pages per vita (including those activities and publications judged to be most pertinent to the proposed project).

6.  Complete a budget timeline that includes the description, timeframe, and costs of each grant-supported activity and enumerates the specific outcomes to which the proposed research is directed (e.g., an edited volume, conference(s), submission of proposal for major funding).












7.  Request two letters of reference from scholars with recognized expertise relative to the proposed theme, attesting to the value of the project and the competency of the team. Please direct them to submit their letters online using our form found here.

8.  In cases where the home institutions of team members are providing collateral support, such as release time from teaching or appointment of a student research assistant, letters of support from appropriate academic officers at the home institution must be supplied.

9.  Complete the online application form by 11:59pm on February 15, 2017.