The goal of the Advance Program is to increase both the quantity and quality of competitive external grant proposals submitted by BSU faculty members and professional personnel.  As such, the Advance award will support a Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) proposal development needs by funding dedicated summer time, AY release time, travel and/or supplies for expenses that will directly impact the development and submission of a competitive external grant proposal.

To be eligible for an ADVANCE grant, the Principal Investigator (PI) must have a record of external proposal activity or have a strong record of scholarly or creative arts activity.


    Please see the Aspire Calendar to view important deadlines and dates for this competition.

    * Both deadlines can include requests for Summer pay and/or Fall / Spring buyouts for the following academic year.

    Congratulations to some of the fall 2017 awardees:

    • Natalie Phillips- CFA- Jean-Michel Basquiat Book Project
    • Guy David – CSH - Calculus of abstract curves and non-smooth geometries
    • Kirsten Nicholson – CSH - CNH-S Water quality in the Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal: the complex interplay between pollution, health, governance and tourism


    For questions regarding the Advance Program, please contact the Advance Program Manager, or email