College of Engineering
Faculty Mini-Grant Program

Revised October 2022

Program description:

Goal: To help faculty manage unforeseen or difficult circumstances that arise (COVID-19 and beyond)

Eligibility: Open to full-time TT/T and CT faculty with a primary appointment in the College of Engineering.

Amount: Up to $5000 per award

Number of awards: Depends on available funds

Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Support to help a graduate student complete their studies
  • Supplies and equipment
  • Undergrad support
  • Travel funds (e.g., travel for a caregiver to help you attend a conference)

Criteria for selection

  • The expense should not have been foreseen or expected under reasonable circumstances, and/or not supported by other typical funding sources.
  • The expense should help the faculty member perform their job.
  • Preference will be given to those who have not received a mini-grant before.

Application and selection process

  • Faculty member completes questions 2-14 in this Qualtrics survey. Note: Pages 2 and 3 of this document lists the questions included on the Qualtrics survey. Faculty should not complete this form but instead access the Qualtrics survey to submit their request.
  • When Department Chair’s email is selected in question 14, an email is sent to the Department chair for their input.
  • The Department Chair will be able to view the responses provided by the faculty member in questions 2-14.
  • Department Chair completes questions 15 and 16 of the Qualtrics survey.
  • Review committee reviews requests on the second Tuesday of each month. The review committee is appointed by the Dean to include the ADAA, a senior faculty member, and a representative external to the College who has equity/inclusion perspective (e.g., from UD-ADVANCE).
  • The review committee makes a recommendation to the Dean about whether to fund, and if so, at what amount.
  • Dean makes final decision


  • If you have questions or would like to discuss a possible mini-grant proposal idea, please contact the
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at

Past Awardees

  • Sambeeta Das, Mechanical Engineering, July 2021
  • Joshua Cashaback, Biomedical Engineering, July 2021
  • Adam Wickenheiser, Mechanical Engineering, August 2021
  • Elise Corbin, Biomedical Engineering, September 2021
  • Bingqing Wei, Mechanical Engineering, July 2022
  • Michael MacKay, Materials Science and Engineering, August 2022
  • Tyler Van Buren, Mechanical Engineering, October 2022