The CTRE is committed to providing CSU faculty with the resources necessary for achieving their research agendas, beyond the grants offered by our department. Below you will find a collection of resources that we encourage you to explore as you look for external funding options, explore research tools, and connect with faculty around the world.


CSU Library

The CSU Library is your first, best place to go for help with research and resources.

The Library and Instruction Services (LIS) homepage ( is your gateway to a wealth of print and electronic resources, as well as Faculty Lib Guides (, which have been created by LIS faculty to aid the teaching and research of a wide variety of subjects at CSU, offering sources, strategies, and support.

In order to assist the CSU community as effectively as possible, please contact the LIS Reference Desk ((773) 995-2235 or with any comments or suggestions you might have about the resources that are currently offered.

Research Cues

Faculty in all colleges are invited to apply for Research Release CUEs. Proposals are due in the Fall for up to 3 CUE release for the following academic year. Proposals may include, but are not limited to, the following: research within disciplines (social sciences, education, natural sciences, etc.), development of creative work (visual arts, literature, music, dance, theatre, film, etc.), action research pertaining to education, (e.g., factors affecting instructional delivery or assessment on campus), preliminary studies and writing leading to grant proposals to external agencies, and research pertaining to community engagement, social justice, or entrepreneurship. Up to 51 CUE may be awarded each year (in accordance with the CSU/UPI contract), and priority is given to first time applicants.

Questions regarding proposals may be directed to the chairperson of the Faculty Research CUE Committee, Dr. Andrea Van Duzor, extension 4437 or via email. For more information visit.

Additional Resources

Faculty Resource Network

Chicago State University is a member of the Faculty Resource Network Consortium. The network provides ongoing professional development and resources to faculty.


Below are some additional resources that you may find helpful in your research endeavors.  Please note that they are third-party websites, and so any questions you might have regarding their online offerings should be directed to them.

Grant Databases and Directories

Grant-Writing Prep Resources

Grant-Writing Videos

Grant Foundations

Foundation/Body Area(s) of Focus
Alex C. Walker Foundation Economics
American Council of Learned Societies Humanities
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Education
Fulbright Scholars Program International Scholarship
Graham Foundation Public Programs for Arts, Culture, and Ideas
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Natural and Social Sciences
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Various
Joyce Foundation Improving Quality of Life for Great Lakes Region
National Endowment for the Arts Fine Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities
National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research
National Science Foundation Sciences
Spencer Foundation Education
U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
Whitehall Foundation Life Sciences