Mary Erskine Grants Program

This grant program ended in September of 2011 when the WIN grant ended.

Mary Erskine WIN Faculty Grants are available to tenure track women faculty members in the STEM disciplines at Boston University to support a variety of research activities. These awards are intended to enhance the professional networks of women faculty members, removing a barrier to women’s accomplishments, and ultimately increasing the diversity of faculty in the science and engineering fields.  Applicants must be female faculty members with tenured or tenure track appointments in science or engineering.  A committee of senior faculty will review each application for the merit and innovative ideas of the proposed research and the extent to which the research is likely to expand the applicant’s professional network.


Type I awards are small (up to $3000) and quickly available sums of money designed to cover expenses such as travel, conference fees, child care*, and hosting collaborators.  Proposals for these awards will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The one page application includes:

  • A synopsis of how the proposed activity will contribute to your career development and the enhancement of your professional network
  • How much you are requesting (up to $3,000)
  • A brief CV of no more than 3 pages

There is no deadline for applications, as these awards are offered on a rolling basis.

*NSF funds are not used to cover child care costs.  University generated funds are used.

TYPE II  (the last round of these awards is now complete) 

Type II awards are larger awards (up to $20,000) intended to seed new areas of research and foster new collaborations. The funds can be used for equipment, graduate student support, partial teaching release time, summer salary, travel to research sites, specialized child care* to permit research activities, etc.  Proposals for these awards will be accepted annually.

The application includes:

  • A proposal of no more than 5 pages outlining the proposed work
  • A budget explaining how the funds will be used
  • A brief CV of no more than 3 pages
  • Any background material or appendices necessary for review of the application

The proposals are due April 1st and decisions will made by late May.   The grant duration will be for one year with a start date no later than September 2010.

To get a sense of what the reviewers are looking for you can click here to download the Grant Committee’s reviewer template.

*NSF funds are not used to cover child care costs.  University generated funds are used.

Please click on the appropriate application link on the right side navigation bar.  Upon submission you should receive a confirmation email.  If you do not receive a confirmation please contact Sheryl Grace, at