Planning Grants Application Information

All application documents must be submitted by 11:59pm on February 15, 2017.

To review the online application click here.

1.  Look at the information page and application form for the Initiative Grants. Direct any questions to Nita Stemmler at, by 1 February 2017.

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

  • a statement of the problem, question, or issue to be addressed;
  • the level of interest of the academy in that theme;
  • the ways in which the proposed research will be informed by Christian practices, perspectives, or purposes;
  • a plan for designing a research project and developing an Initiative Grant or other grant application;
  • the qualifications for this particular team to address this theme;
  • expectations for eventual dissemination of research results to the larger academy.

3.  Write a 200-word abstract summarizing the focus, significance, and approach of the proposed research. 

4.  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).

5.  Complete a budget timeline that includes the description, timeframe, costs, and outcomes of each grant-supported activity.

6.  Complete the application form by February 15, 2017.

Awards will be announced by 15 April 2017.  The schedule of grant payments will be as follows:

$1,000 - $2,500 by 15 May 2017, after completion of a grant agreement form.
$500 by15 September 2018, after receipt of a satisfactory final report.

Funds will be sent to the Business Office of the home institution of the Project Director, and that institution shall serve as the fiscal agent during the three-year term of the grant (with responsibilities indicated in a grant agreement).