Application Deadline: Project Competition and Final Report Deadline:
    October 1, 2013 by 4 p.m. June 30, 2014
    December 2, 2013 by 4 p.m. June 30, 2014

    February 3, 2014 by 4 p.m.


    August 31, 2014
    April 1, 2014 by 4 p.m. August 31, 2014

Only word-processed applications will be accepted. Submit the original application form, current curriculum vitae or resume and any other application materials as one hard copy or electronically to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by the deadline.

After the completion of your project, promptly submit a final report to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Compensation will be released upon submission of the final report which clearly demonstrates preliminary results obtained or skills developed or honed related to seeking mid-level external funding.

The University Researcher Fund was established in FY02 to assist individuals seeking external funds of $25,000 or more for research, scholarly or creative activity. Probationary and tenured faculty and staff can apply for up to $5,000. Individuals working in collaboration or on closely related projects should apply as a group.

Funds can be used to develop preliminary results needed for proposal submission or to develop and hone the skills necessary to be successful in seeking mid-level external funding. Awarded funds must be used exclusively for the work outlined in the application and may include supplies, equipment, travel or student help. Compensation of up to $2,000 for the applicant is also allowed, calculated in the budget as $2,000 compensation plus $780 (39%) fringe.

Interdisciplinary projects with multiple principal investigators may include an additional compensation (salary + fringe 39%) for each co-investigator. Requested compensations must be consistent with proposed project activities. Maximum award for interdisciplinary projects is $10,000.

Note timeline for spending funds as outlined in deadlines section above. No more than one application per individual can be submitted. Applicants can receive only one University Researcher or New Researcher award in any given fiscal year. Maximum of one award every two years per principal investigator.

Award recipients will be expected to:

  • visit a program officer at a funding agency
  • find a mentor who has received extramural funding (over $25,000) for a similar activity
  • submit a proposal to a funding agency within one year of receiving University Researcher Funds


Office of Research and Sponsored Programs grant directors will review proposals and make funding recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies who will make the final funding decisions.

Proposals will be reviewed using the criteria outlined on the University Researcher Evaluation Form at the end of the application. In addition, please note the following:

  • Given proposals of comparable ratings, greater consideration will be awarded to those applicants who have not received funding recently.
  • University Researcher funds cannot be used to reduce the applicant’s workload.


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