The Cottrell College Science Award (CCSA) program’s overarching goal is to provide “seed” funding for significant research that will enhance the professional and scholarly development of early career scientists.
Faculty are expected to explore new areas of science, to make new discoveries that contribute to their discipline, and to initiate new research programs that can be sustained by other extramural funding sources. Successful programs are not summer research projects, but rather those undertaken with continuity throughout the academic year.
Because most modern problems in science require teamwork and often cross-disciplinary approaches, CCSA encourages collaborative work.
A key requirement in all CCSAs is the participation of undergraduate students in meaningful ways in the funded research. The Foundation’s intent is to inspire in these students a passion for inquiry and discovery, thus nurturing America’s next generation of scientists.
In the last 15 years the CCSA program has supported the research of more than 1,300 PUI faculty in more than 400 institutions, and has generated research opportunities for thousands of undergraduates at both public and private institutions.
At a Glance: The CCSA program: 1) strengthens teacher-scholars by supporting high-quality research at PUIs; 2) helps early career faculty become competitive for federal funding; 3) encourages scientists to work with undergraduate researchers, and; 4) encourages cross-disciplinary collaborations.
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