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Internal Funding Opportunities

Fall 2021 Faculty Small Grant Program (FSGP)
Deadline: Friday, October 1st, 2021 by 5:00pm MST
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The Faculty Small Grant Program (FSGP) seeks to support significant research and creative scholarly projects in colleges that experience difficulty obtaining extramural funding. 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. Proposals are evaluated on their significance, soundness, merit, and likelihood of successful completion.

Faculty who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply. Recipients of University Research Committee (URC) grants must submit a final report within three months of the award end date, and close out any remaining URC funds before they are eligible to reapply for any URC program. Any applications received from an applicant who has not closed out a previous URC grant, or has not submitted the final report for any previous projects, will not be considered by the URC. The funding for a Faculty Fellowship Award and a Faculty Small Grant Program may be used jointly. 

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Fall 2021 Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF)
Deadline: Friday, October 1st, 2021 by 5:00pm MST
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The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) provides support to faculty and core facilities for new equipment purchasesor to replace/upgrade existing research equipment. The VPR Office runs two cycles of the RIF Program – one for Fall semester, and one for Spring semester. Equipment purchased with RIF funds is meant to be shared as broadly as possible and used to facilitate externally funded research and scholarship.  

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to:

  • Tenure-line faculty and Career-line faculty who hold at least a .75 FTE appointment at time of submission. One application per applicant only.
  • Recognized University of Utah core facilities(Note: Only core facility directors should initiate core equipment requests. Only one request per core facility each cycle.)

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FY22 Distinguished Research Awards
Deadline: Friday, January 7th, 2021 by 5:00pm MST
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The Distinguished Research Award (DRA) recognizes outstanding achievements in research by University of Utah tenured faculty. Up to three awards for outstanding achievements in scholarly or creative research are awarded to University of Utah tenured faculty each year. This prestigious research award provides the faculty member with a $10,000 grant to pursue research and/or creative pursuits and recognition at the UofU Commencement. Nominees are evaluated on the impact and significance of their career research or scholarly work to their field, as well as to the improvement and enrichment of the human condition. Nominations are accepted once per year for this award.

Only tenured faculty who have held an appointment with the University of Utah for a minimum of five years are eligible to receive this award. Nominations may be made by any faculty member, department, or college within the University.

Priority for awards and recognition will be given to nominated faculty belonging to historically underrepresented groups. Deans are encouraged to guide award nominations committees to any available training programs in implicit and unconscious bias hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO).

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Last Updated: 9/14/21