Applications for Hixson-Lied Faculty Grants are done through NuRamp: Applicants must hold a paid appointment in the College with the rank of Lecturer (0.5 or more FTE), Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor of Practice, Research Assistant Professor or above. Visiting, adjunct, and emeriti faculty are ineligible.

Documents & Resources

For more resources, see the Grant Writing Resources section below.

Grant Details

Faculty Research/Creative Activity Grant

These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support projects that assist faculty research in ways that bring national and international attention to the College and the creative and scholarly work of the faculty.

Funding Periods Application Deadline
January 1, 2024–December 31, 2024 Oct. 2, 2023, 5pm
July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025 February 23, 2024, 5pm

Faculty Presentation of Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant

These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to offer partial support to faculty members who are invited to present their creative and scholarly work in regional, national and international settings.

Funding Periods Application Deadline
November 15, 2023 – July 14, 2024 September 11, 2023, 5pm
March 15, 2024 – November 14, 2024 January 19, 2024, 5pm
July 15, 2024 – March 14, 2025 March 22, 2024, 5pm

Faculty Development Travel Grant

Designed to provide partial support for faculty travel associated with faculty professional development activities, these grants are awarded in the spring and fall.

Funding Periods Application Deadline
January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024 October 2, 2023, 5pm
July 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024 February 23, 2024, 5pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Which grant should I apply for?
  • If you want to create new work or do research leading to a publication or presentation, use the Faculty Research/Creative Activity Grant.
  • If you have already created work or completed research and want to perform, perform, or present your completed work, use the Faculty Presentation Grant.
  • If you want to learn more or develop your skills as a faculty member, for example by attending conferences or workshops, use the Faculty Development Grant.
What if I have a project that seems to fit into more than one grant type? Occasionally, a project might not fit easily into only one grant type. If you think this is the case for something you want to do, please contact the Associate Dean for guidance.
Can I apply for more than one grant? Yes. However, the Presentation grant has a limit of 2 funded activities per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). The Research/Creative Activity Grant is limited to 1 at any given time. There are no limits to the other grants or to having awards of different types.
If I get a Presentation grant as part of a group, does it affect my ability to apply as an individual? Yes. The Presentation grant has a limit of 2 funded activities per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). This limit does not impact other grants, and there are no limits to the other grants.
Presentation Grant funding periods seem to overlap. Which one should I apply for? Presentation Grant funding periods are designed to overlap. Each period is 8 months, overlapping by 4 months with each of two other periods (November–July; March–November; July–March). This means that any given date falls into two funding periods, giving you the flexibility to apply earlier or later for an activity on that date, depending on how far in advance you know about the activity. If the dates of your travel or activity straddle the boundary between funding periods, you may apply for either period.
I just found out about a fabulous opportunity, but it is too late to apply for a Hixson-Lied grant to support it. What should I do? Speak to your School Director to see if there are other possible funding sources.
Can I use leftover funds for a different project? No. Funding is granted for a specific activity, so leftover funding cannot be reassigned to a different activity.
Should I drive or fly? Current reimbursement rates for personal vehicle mileage may be found at If mileage reimbursement for your trip would be more expensive than an economy airfare to the same location, you can only be reimbursed for the amount of the airfare. Occasional exceptions may be made – for instance, if you are traveling with a group, or need to transport large instruments or artwork that would otherwise be expensive or prohibitive to ship. Rental of a university vehicle is also possible and may be less expensive than reimbursement of mileage for a personal vehicle.
How do I know when the application is complete? You will not receive an email notifying you that your application is complete. If you have completed the application and entered your electronic signature by entering your UNL ID and password, the status of the grant should change to “Submitted for Review”. If you encounter problems with submission, please contact the Associate Dean.
How much of my budget will get funded? Funding from Hixson-Lied College grants varies widely, depending on the success of the application in the review process. Budgets are almost never funded 100%, but sometimes a School will add funds to the project. Hixson-Lied funding typically covers between 50% and 75% on average.
When will I be notified? You will receive notification within approximately 6 weeks of the application due date.
What if I have other questions that aren’t answered here? Please contact the Associate Dean.

Grant Writing Resources

If you have any questions, please contact Tony Bushard, Associate Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts at