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Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Bridgewater State supports two major initiatives for faculty and librarian development with regard to their own as well as their students’ research, scholarship and creative endeavors.

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides faculty with opportunities to mentor students in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. More information may be found at

Another initiative, the Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS), is organized and led by faculty, librarians and staff with the goal of fostering the development of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors for full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty and librarians across all disciplines. CARS promotes individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary scholarship through internal grant funding and scholarly programming such as faculty colloquia and research forums, grant writing workshops, a book club, and the annual May Celebration which showcases the scholarly accomplishments of faculty and librarians.

CARS grant programs provide release time from teaching and financial support through multiple initiatives:

  • Small grant: Funding, up to $2,000, for the purchase of items/resources that pursue, foster and promote scholarly activities. Awards are given twice-yearly.
  • Summer grant: A summer stipend of $3,100 to pursue a creative and innovative scholarly project.
  • Travel grant: Funding, up to $1,500 for those qualifying as active contributors, or $750 for attendees, for one trip per fiscal year (July 1-June 30.) This grant is intended to facilitate faculty and librarian contributions to and learning from their respective professional communities by presenting at and/or attending professional conferences and other professional events. Examples of eligible trips include: presenting at or attending academic conferences or participating in academic workshops or training.
  • Faculty and Librarian Research grant: Funding up to $8,000, to support substantial individual or joint scholarly projects. The FLRG funds equipment and supplies and/or the time needed to complete a substantial scholarly project. Awards are given twice yearly.
  • External proposal development grant: A course release during the fall or spring semester or a summer stipend can be combined with a budget of up to $1,000 to provide the time needed to prepare and submit an application to an external funding source. The $1,000 reimbursable budget may be used for expenses directly related to grant writing. This grant is for use by faculty and/or librarians with well-developed research questions, scholarly goals or artistic projects that are supported by previous study or preliminary work. This grant also encompasses projects that support institutional programs or goals. Awards are given twice yearly.

In addition to the two CARS coordinators, there are two CARS research fellows who are available to meet with faculty and librarians to help them develop their research plans and grant applications for internal funding. The CARS team also works closely with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects to move applicants from internal to external funding.

To learn more about support for faculty and librarian research and scholarship development and support at Bridgewater State University, please contact the CARS coordinators, Dr. Erin O’Connor, at or 508.531.2059 or Dr. Martina Arndt, at or 508.531.2084.