Competitive funding from Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation provides competitive opportunities to fund scientific research, as well as creative and scholarly activities. These funding opportunities are intended to promote collaborative research, competitive resubmissions, and critical seed funding to support the research careers of the University’s faculty. With one exception, internal funding opportunities are open to faculty across all disciplines, and Seed Funding specifically supports multi-disciplinary research teams. Only faculty from the College of Liberal Arts or the Reynolds School of Journalism are eligible to apply for Dimensions funding as a lead PI.

Applications for all internal funding opportunities are due by 5 p.m. on the last Friday of March to

Some internal grants require matching funds. These matching funds may come from a faculty member’s Start Up Funds, from their F&A account, from their department or from their college. If matching funds are required, your application must include a letter that details where those funds will come from and a commitment of the budgeted amount to your project.

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A special note about travel: R&I will not consider applications for travel grants through the end of 2021. Faculty Travel Grants, including the travel component of the Dimensions Grant, will be reinstated in 2022.

Timeline for internal funding opportunities
Time period Internal funding information


All internal funding opportunities from Research & Innovation will be announced in an email to the ResearchNotes list serve each January.


Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the last Friday in March of each year. Applications may be submitted between Jan. 30 and the last Friday in March of each year.


Notification of awards will be made by the first week in May of each year.

July 1 – June 30

The period of performance for all awards will be from July 1 to June 30 of each year unless an exception is requested and granted in writing.

Review process

All applications for funding from Research & Innovation, with the exception of Dimensions grants, will be reviewed by an external review service and evaluated on the following criteria. Please see the details within the Dimensions grant description for information about that review process.

Review criteria

  • Intellectual merit
  • Clarity and presentation
  • Feasibility
  • Benefits to the researcher
  • Potential to lead to future external funding
  • Potential to lead to further interdisciplinary research

The external review service ranks applications against each other in the same category and provides comments on the relative merit of each proposal. The Associate Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Research and Innovation review the comments and ranking recommendations from the external review service before making the final determination.

Funding opportunities from Research & Innovation