University Research Committee (URC)

Faculty Scholarly Grant Program 

Deadlines: August 20, November 15, and March 1

Purpose of Program

The Faculty Scholarly Grant Program (FSGP), formerly known as the Faculty Research & Creative Grants (FRCG), seeks to support significant research and creative scholarly projects in colleges where extramural funding is difficult to obtain. This program will provide faculty with grants up to $6,000 for a period of two years to support scholarly projects and publications. In exceptional circumstances the committee may elect to support an outstanding proposal at a higher level of funding.

Research projects geared towards leveraging extramural funding should be applied towards the Seed Grant Program.

Instructions to Applicants

Faculty who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply. Proposals are evaluated on their significance, soundness, competence and merits.

Recipients of University Research Committee (URC) grants must submit a final report and close out any remaining URC funds before they are eligible to reapply for the program. The Final Report (with cover sheet - PDF) must be submitted within one year after the work is completed to

If an application has been turned down by the committee, the PI is allowed one resubmission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must include a description of all changes made to the original proposal in a point-by-point fashion. 

  1. Grants may not be used for faculty salaries, graduate student stipends or fellowships, graduate student-initiated projects or support to write their dissertations or theses, curriculum development and/or career development (e.g. taking courses, attending professional meetings, etc.), benefits on hourly wages except those required by law.
  2. A request for funds to purchase a computer requires evidence that the project cannot be pursued without procuring that specific computer or workstation. The URC will fund the acquisition of computer hardware and software that are vital and necessary components of an approved project. 
  3. Faculty are expected to conduct their research at the University of Utah, with the exception of fieldwork connected to the scholarly or creative research project.
  4. URC recipients are eligible to reapply once a final report has been submitted for their previous URC grant and the funding has been closed. The funding for a Faculty Release for Scholarly Pursuits and a Faculty Scholarly Grant Program may be used jointly.

The budget should not exceed $6,000. Specific details include: 

  • Hourly wages of research assistants must be listed and justified. If Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) students are used in the project, their wages are paid by UROP. Students must apply separately to UROP.
  • The basis for figuring travel related to the project and per diem costs must be itemized and made clear, and may not exceed rates for per diem and travel set by the Travel Office (801-581-7142).
  • Careful justification should be given for the purchase of equipment (including computer hardware, software, books, or supplies) which may already exist in the University. Equipment purchased by the research grant becomes the property of the University of Utah. Where leasing equipment is a possible option, the purchase must be justified.

Once the grant is awarded, the awardee is responsible for managing the budget. The URC will not bear the burden of over-expenditures, which must be rectified by the faculty member and his/her academic unit. 

PI’s may not make any changes to the original objectives in their research plan without written permission of the URC. Once the grant is awarded, the PI may reallocate up to 25% of the total budget to one of the existing lines established in the original budget proposal. Should the investigator wish to use the funds for something other than what was previously established in the budget, a modified proposal must be presented to the URC for reconsideration of funding.

The Grant activity will close two years after the award date. Any remaining funds will be returned to the URC. No-cost extensions will not be considered unless under exceptional circumstances. Recipients of the URC grants must submit a final report with a cover sheet when their grant has expired.

If, within one year there is a tangible product, the recipient should send a copy of the product to the committee. This includes, but is not limited to, such items as articles, books, photographs, or other appropriate material. Tangible products submitted with final reports will be returned. The awardee is required to acknowledge the URC grant in any published results, catalogs, videos or other products.

There are three submission cycles per year:  August 20, November 15, and March 1.   If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due on the following workday at the close of business (5:00 pm).  

All proposals must be submitted through ERICA.

The proposal consists of six parts:

  1. Cover Page and Abstract (1 page) 
  2. Body of Proposal (limit 3 pages)
  3. Budget Page: PDF or Excel
  4. Curriculum Vita or Biographical Sketch.
  5. Recommended Faculty Reviewers: (2 internal reviewers to the applicant's department; 2 external reviewers to department)
  6. Appendices (1-2 pages max)

Please note, if your methodology includes human subjects in any way, including interviewing, you must receive written Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before submitting your proposal.

All questions of intellectual property should be addressed to the Technology Venture Commercialization Office at 801-581-7792.  For the faculty's own protection, it is suggested that the grantee pursue any potential patent or copyright implications within the context of existing University of Utah regulations.

Questions and Special Problems

Please contact with any questions on Faculty Research and Creative Grant Program, or you may also contact Joanne Yaffe (801-581-4829), Chair of the URC Committee.

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Last Updated: 7/11/18