Samford University

Recent Grant Awards

Below is a listing of current grants awarded to Samford University faculty. Please scroll down to learn more about the grantors, the grantees, and their respective projects.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration


Principle Investigator: Dr. Jane Martin
School: Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
Award Amount: $854,146
Program: Nurse Faculty Loan Program



Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing received a federal grant designed to help ease the national shortage of nursing educators. Samford received the seventh largest award of the 106 Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grants awarded to institutions across the U.S. for 2012-13. The $854,146 grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, will provide loans for graduate students pursuing an advanced degree with the intent to serve as faculty in a school of nursing. Click here to read more.

The National Science Foundation


Principle Investigators:  Dr. Malia Fincher & Dr. Betsy Dobbins 
School: Howard College, Department of Biological Sciences
Award Amount: $240,000
Program: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


The NSF has awarded a grant of $240,000 to Samford University in support of the project entitled "REU Site:   Interdisciplinary research in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem."

This two-year grant award of $240,000  provides research training for undergraduate students during the summers. The project focuses on multidisciplinary research to study interactions in complex systems ranging from the molecular to the landscape scale in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem at Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) near Birmingham, AL. There are a wide range of potential student projects, involving both field and laboratory research, to address questions in ecology, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and pathogenesis.  

 Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University. REU students have access to a wide array of individual labs, core facilities (e.g., electron microscopy, LC-MS, cell culture), and the unique OMSP research facility. Students are expected to perform full-time research and to participate in weekly workshops on ethical conduct in research, data analysis, professional communication skills, career opportunities, and the graduate school application process.

In addition to the research process, students will participate in professional development activities, social events, and field trips.  Discussions with mentors, experts, and fellow students will help participants compare complex biological and biochemical interactions across research topics. Students are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Students are tracked to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of the research experience.


U.S. Department of Justice


Principle Investigator: Dr. Jonathan Davis
School:     Orleand Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies
Award Amount: $499,551
Program: OVW Campus Safety Program (Collaborative)


The Safety in Numbers project, led by Samford University, is a coordinated community response to campus safety involving an established consortium of five diverse colleges and universities (known as the BACHE Consortium) and seven community partners; located in Jefferson County, Alabama, and Shelby County, Alabama.

Members of the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE) include Samford University, Miles College (an HBCU), The University of Montevallo, Birmingham Southern College, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The seven community partners include: The Crisis Center, Inc., the Jefferson County Family Violence Coordinated Community Response ("Jeffco CCR"), The YWCA Central Alabama, SafeHouse of Shelby County, the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the City of Montevallo Police Department, and the Office of the District Attorney for Jefferson County.

With a total student population of approximately 30,000 students, the BACHE Consortium serves a diverse student population, within diverse settings (urban, suburban, and rural). The five BACHE campuses work collaboratively to enhance their respective campus safety initiatives by: 1) Establishing a Campus Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT), 2) Training all incoming students, 3) Training all campus safety personnel, and 4) Training all disciplinary boards.

The project utilizes a dedicated Campus Coordinator, who works with liaisons from each campus to service all five BACHE institutions, maximizing project resources by sharing information, coordinating training schedules, and developing shared curricula. In addition, the Consortium will be able to significantly amplify the efforts of any one institution, by encouraging both commitment and visibility of campus programs, and enhancing publicity, friendly competition, and collaboration.


Templeton Foundation
Principle Investigator Dr. Wilton Bunch, Dr. Steve Donaldson, Dr. George Keller, Dr. Tom WoolleyDr. Steve Donaldson,
School: Howard College, Departments of Philosophy, Mathematics & Computer Science, and Biological & Environmental Science; and Brock School of Business
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: Templeton Foundation: Big Questions in Science and Religion

Samford University Center for Science and Religion partnered with Dawson Memorial Baptist Church to provide the congregation with immediate and ongoing opportunities to engage big questions of science and religion through an initial seminar series for adults, creation of an educational program for high-school students, provision for recurring classes for adults, implementation of reading/discussion groups, recruitment and involvement of scientists in the congregation to help with ongoing activities, and the acquisition of library materials. This effort was used as a springboard from which to host a conference to actively equip and support ministers and scientists at other congregations in Alabama with respect to the implementation of comparable programs. Click here to read more.



Teagle Foundation


Principle Investigators: Dr. Wilton Bunch, Dr. Steve Donaldson, Dr. George Keller, Dr. Tom Woolley
Schools: Howard College, Departments of Philosophy, Mathematics & Computer Science, and Biological & Environmental Science; and Brock School of Business 
Award Amount: $75,000
Project: Teagle Foundation: Big Questions


The project entitled "Framing Teaching and Research in the Sciences and Mathematics by the 'Big Questions' of Meaning and Value" investigates the hypothesis that the big questions of meaning and value can be used to productively frame both pedagogy and research in science and mathematics. We suggest an approach in which the big questions are used to amplify and structure scientific inquiry and the acquisition of domain specific knowledge in traditional science and math courses, and where modern scientific understanding and research is used to illuminate the big questions in a fresh and appealing way. Anticipated outcomes include improved faculty and student engagement, enhancement of critical thinking skills, apprehension and appreciation of big questions outside the classroom, increased faculty communication, creation of a foundation for future contributions to the big questions dialogue, and production of methods and materials that will allow ready duplication of this approach at other locations.  Click here for more information.  

Current Grant Awards


Granting Agency Principle Investigator School

Award Amount

Alabama Power FDN George Keller Governor's School


Back of the Envelope Sarah Helms A&S Economics 3,000
BBVA/Compass Alan Register Brock School of Business 10,000
Chatannoga Christian Community Foundation   Brock School of Business 500
Community Foundation of Acadiana - Joe and Gina Sanford Family Foundation Fund     2,500
HHS/HRSA Jane Martin Nursing 102,778
HHS/HRSA Mary C. Karlet Nursing 13,431
HHS/HRSA Jane Martin Nursing 805,595
Lettie P. Whitehead FDN   General & Nursing 232,000
National Christian Foundation     500
UBS   Business 10000