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UNT Scholarly and Creative Activity (SCA) Award

SCA awards, supported by funds from the Office of Research & Innovation, are now being administered directly through some of the colleges. These colleges include the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS), College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD), and the College of Music. For these college specific SCA grant applications, direct inquiries to your department and/or college.
For all other colleges, SCA Award funding opportunities will continue to be available and administered through the Office of Research & Innovation.


Scholarly and Creative Activity (SCA) Awards, for amounts up to $5,000 from the Office of Research & Innovation, are intended to enable work in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to enhance faculty member’s scholarly and creative endeavors in areas for which there are few private and federal funding sources.


Funds must be expended by the end of the fiscal year (August 31), additionally subject to UNT BSC fiscal year-end procurement deadlines. 

Funds from SCA Awards may not be used for travel to workshops or conferences.  UNT Colleges frequently provide “supplement travel support” for such travel purposes. Travel reimbursement will be based on actual expenses (up to the GSA per diem limit) and itemized receipts will be required. In addition, certain items may not be paid for using these funds, for example, alcohol, tips and gratuities, and gifts cards.

Only one SCA may be awarded to a faculty member every two years. Successful applicants are required to submit a one page written report before September 30 of the fiscal year following the award. 


To be eligible for a SCA Award the faculty member must be employed on a full-time basis in a permanent or tenure track position in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of faculty considering (i) the intellectual significance or artistic merit of the project, including its potential contribution to the field; (ii) the appropriateness of the methodologies, theory, or strategies, and the feasibility of the plan of work; (iii) the qualifications and expertise of the artist or scholar in relation to the project goals and the stage of the applicant’s career; (iv) the promise of the quality and the impact of any resulting publication or work of art; and (v) the potential for success, including the likelihood that the project will be completed with the projected time frame, and the appropriateness of the budget.


Applications for the SCA Awards must be turned in by 12:00 pm (noon) the Friday following or coinciding with October 15th.


If your college is not administering SCA awards, fill in each section of the application and return to the Office of Research & Innovation, Hurley Administration Building, Suite 210 or send a scanned image of the completed and signed form via email to intramuralgrants@unt.edu.

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