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Intramural Funding

Intramural funding opportunities are supported within the University of Utah and cater to University of Utah faculty looking for support on advanced or preliminary research projects. This includes seed and engine funding as well as specific challenges, initiatives and fellowships offered by various department, colleges or research units.

Distinguished Research Award  
Deadline: October 15, 2019 at 5:00pm  

The Distinguished Research Award (previously Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award) recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly and creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty and provides up to three grants for research and creative pursuits. Nominations are received once a year for this award. 

CLICK HERE for more information about the Distinguished Research Award or to nominate a faculty member!  

Faculty Fellows Awards – URC  
Deadlines: See below 

The Faculty Fellow Awards (FFA) provides a semester of full salary release time to tenure-line faculty for scholarly research or creative projects. Release time may be taken as early as fall semester of the next academic year, and must be taken within 2 years of the award date. 

The University Research Committee (URC) awards the sum of $7,500 to the department to defer the cost of the awardee’s release time. Applicants may also apply to the Faculty Scholarly Grant Program to carry out their research/creative agenda during their release time. 


  • Applications are due to the applicant’s departmental office by October 2 and must be submitted in PDF format. 
  • Department chairs must rank the applications from their department and forward the batch applications to the cognizant Dean’s office by October 16. Only two applications may be submitted per department. 
  • Deans must rank the applications across the college and then submit the application materials to VPR Grants by 5:00 p.m., October 23. Only 10 applications per College can be submitted to the VPR Office. Notification of the award will be made in January. 

Click here to learn more! 

Utah Genome Project Pilot Grants 
Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019 

Philanthropic donations to the Center for Genomic Medicine will support 4-5 pilot awards through the Utah Genome Project. The maximum budget for each award is $50,000. Applications are due November 15. 

Click here to apply via InfoReady! 

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