Grants and Research

Carroll University’s grants and research team works collaboratively with faculty and staff to secure government-funded grants that support a variety of pioneering campus initiatives. Carroll is consistently recognized as an innovative leader in higher education as evidenced by some of our most recent awards.

Current Government Funded Grant Projects

National Endowment for the Humanities

Enduring Questions Grant Program
Carroll University has received two grant awards totaling $35,294 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Enduring Questions grant program. The grants support faculty in Carroll's College of Arts and Sciences to develop and teach new undergraduate courses that are question-driven and will encourage influential ideas, works and thinkers over the centuries.

National Science Foundation

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded an International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) grant to fund Carroll's Chemistry Research Education Abroad and Transcultural Experience (CREATE). This $250,000 grant will expand an existing program for undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry students to provide 15 students with 12-week summer research experiences at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland over the course of the next three years. Students will develop cross-disciplinary scientific skills through exposure to technology, projects and scientists that are not readily accessible at Carroll. The $250,000 grant award begins 9/1/16 and runs through 8/31/19.

Carroll University Greene Field Station (GFS)
Carroll University has received $244,055 from the National Science Foundation Improvements in Facilities, Communications and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) program to create a research and education center at the Carroll University Greene Field Station (GFS). Despite the lack of on-site facilities for research and appropriate infrastructure to support data acquisition, management and dissemination, Carroll faculty and students have conducted research at the GFS outdoor laboratory since the 1970s. The renovation of an existing building into a research facility will expand research agendas, provide infrastructure needed for outside collaboration and community use, and offer space for the university to introduce the experimenting across the curriculum initiative, a groundbreaking project that will integrate research and education, educating all students in scientific literacy. The research and education center will also provide the foundation needed for Carroll faculty to conduct ongoing projects both in ecological and pedagogical research.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expansion Program

STEP Initiative – Engineering in Waukesha County
On September 1, 2012 Carroll University began a five-year, $446,123 project funded by the National Science Foundation intended to increase the number of students pursuing careers in engineering, especially women. The project builds on Carroll's partnerships with UW-Platteville and UW-Milwaukee and supports new collaborations with local high schools and industry. High school and undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in hands on, real-world projects supplied by industry partners. The award also supports the development of mentoring programs, leadership training and a living-learning community for future engineers.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a $1.25 million Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant to fund the Carroll University Physician Assistant Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program. This five-year project will train PA students to work with interdisciplinary teams, preparing them to deliver healthcare in underserved communities. College of Health Sciences faculty will collaboratively design and implement a curriculum that trains PA students and other Carroll health science students – physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and public health to deliver integrated population health services. Students will provide wellness, primary care and health literacy education to seniors and their families at the United Community Center's Senior Center. The grant began 7/1/2016 and will be completed on 6/30/2021. 

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity
In 2014, Carroll University was awarded a three-year, $762,535 Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). The grant will fund the creation of the Carroll University Academic Success Program in Nursing (ASPIN). The program will create a pipeline of K-12 students from medically underserved areas, who will participate in pre-entry activities and programs that promote health education and career opportunities. Additionally, the program will provide scholarship and academic support services to underrepresented students enrolled in Carroll's nursing program.

U.S. Department of Justice

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant
Carroll University has received $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to create programming that works toward reducing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. The three-year grant allows the university to customize its programming in the areas that are of most need to the institution. A project coordinator and graduate assistant will be hired and utilize a campus climate survey to assess those needs. As part of the focus on campus and community engagement, Carroll will work with The Women’s Center of Waukesha and Waukesha Police Department to help train campus staff including first responders, Title IX investigators and public safety officers in comprehensive interpersonal violence response training.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

Preparing Elementary Dual Certification Candidates
In 2014, Carroll University received a five-year $50,000 State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) - Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Focus on PLC's mini grant award; one of only nine awarded. The grant will help fund the project titled: Teacher Residency PLC: Preparing Elementary Dual Certification Candidates. If Carroll's projected performance meets achievement measures, there is potential for an additional one to two years of funding.

Pre-College Scholarship Program
Horizontes en Carroll

In 2015, Carroll University received a two-year, $39,000 award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for 45 disadvantaged students in grades 9-12 to gain an increased awareness of the value of college education and the financial resources available to support college attendance. This one-week summer program combines classroom instruction and experiential learning that is designed to strengthen academic skills, develop motivation and self-esteem, and initiate mentoring relationships with college students.

Collaborative Grants

The National Writing Project

Milwaukee Writing Project
The MWP is funded by the National Writing Project, a national network of writing centers supported by the U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, universities and K-12 schools. Carroll University has been awarded $15,000 of federal funds for the 2017 - 2018 Seed invitational Leadership Institute. The purpose of this grant is to expand and develop teacher leadership to improve the teaching of writing and learning in the nation's schools.

Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program

Change Incubator Funding
The MCW consortium on Public and Community Health awarded $10,000 for a 3-month period to design a strategic framework to create and foster a sustained, public health dialog on gun violence prevention through an evidence-supported, updated online tool kit as a resource for a range of Greater Milwaukee audiences, including other prevention efforts.

Salud a la Vista: mobile TeleEye Health (mTEH)
The TeleEye Health Collaborative between the Milwaukee Health Department, United Community Center, Carroll University, Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University will create a new system of diabetic eye screening within MHD and in the community. It will serve as a model that can be adopted by other regional health departments and academic and community partners.


News Releases


Carroll receives $450,000 NSF grant

Carroll University was awarded a five-year, $446,123 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Carroll University awarded $250,000 grant

Carroll awarded $250,000 grant from National Science Foundation

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