Research and scholarship provide the intellectual foundation of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In order to encourage and support faculty and staff research, the University, through the Graduate School, provides funding for research projects.
The Graduate School's Office of Research and Projects administers many programs that support research. The Seed grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects (STEP) makes awards available for faculty and staff to pursue promising research projects for the academic year and summer terms. Matching funds are available to support faculty and staff costs for travel to present papers, publication and production costs, and other costs associated with disseminating research results. The Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award is presented to an SIUE faculty member to recognize and promote outstanding research and creative activities and the integration of that research and creative activity into excellent teaching. The Hoppe Research Professor Award and the Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator awards recognize faculty members whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study. A new faculty orientation session introduces new investigators to the grant proposal process, from drafting initial applications to managing their award. Qualifying faculty members receive a $1500 contribution to their New Faculty Start-Up accounts to support the individual research agenda of new tenure-track faculty after completion of the new faculty orientation with the Office of Research and Projects. Three research competitions are offered on a rotating basis: Equipment and Tools, Assigned Time for Research, and support for Multidisciplinary Teams.