Requests for Proposals

The Office of the Provost and Office of the Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine manage a number of competitive RFP processes:

Small Grants Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the UniversityThis small-grants program is designed to support Schools’ diversity plans, by advancing the career success of outstanding junior faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the University by their research, teaching, and mentoring activities. Requests for proposals occur twice a year (fall/spring) and the maximum award is $25,000. The next Junior Faculty Grants application deadline is November 1, 2018. 

Small Grants Program for Mid-Career Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University. This small-grants program is designed to support Schools’ diversity plans, by advancing the career success of outstanding mid-career faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the University by their research, teaching, and mentoring activities. Requests for proposals occur each spring and the maximum award is $37,500. The next Mid-Career Faculty Grants application deadline will be in March 2019.  

Provost's Initiative to Support LGBTQ Scholarship at Columbia University. This program is designed to support the University's goals with respect to diversity and our climate of inclusion, by advancing the recruitment of outstanding tenured/tenure-track faculty members engaged in LGBTQ scholarship. The next LGBTQ Scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 

Faculty Recruitments from Underrepresented Groups.This program is designed to support Schools’ diversity plans, and to assist the University in meeting placement goals established in its affirmative action programs, by advancing the recruitment of outstanding minority and female scholars in disciplines where the availability of qualified minorities and women exceeds their representation on our faculty. Our goal is that the composition of our tenured and tenure-track faculty more closely reflects the national pool of qualified candidates. The program has two elements, Standard Search Recruitments and Target-of-Opportunity Recruitments

  • Standard Search Recruitment Application Guidelines. In recognition of the time urgency usually associated with standard search recruitments, requests for support will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.  Hiring units should expect a turn-around time of approximately 2 weeks.
  • Target-of-Opportunity Recruitment Application Guidelines. While Departments/Schools will normally use the procedures described in its Standard Search and Evaluation Procedures to recruit faculty members, a hiring unit may seek a waiver from these procedures for some types of recruitments. If the candidate in question is an outstanding woman or minority scholar, whose successful recruitment would bring the composition of the unit's faculty into closer alignment with the composition of the national pool of qualified candidates, then the unit may apply for a waiver, and also seek funds from the Provost's Office or CUMC (depending on the unit that will support the recruitment).  Please consult with your dean for more information regarding eligibility. The next Target of Opportunity application deadline will be announced in August 2018.

Given the limited amount of Provost Office and CUMC funding for junior faculty and mid-career awards, LGBTQ scholarship recruitments, standard search and target-of-opportunity recruitments for faculty members from underrepresented groups, Schools are strongly encouraged to develop a process for determining which funding requests will be prioritized and put forward. Departments requesting support should coordinate closely with their Deans. Funding requests must be submitted with the support and sign-off by the School’s Dean.