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Internal Funding Opportunities

NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
Amount: $5,500,000 for 10-15 awards across types of awards (see RFP for details)
Deadline: October 25, 2022

Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Please contact Tyler Matsamas if considering applying.

NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive, national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discovery and innovation, focused on NSF's commitment to ensuring accessibility and inclusivity in STEM fields, as communicated in the NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2022 - 2026. The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to work collaboratively for inclusive change, resulting in a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of the Nation's population. More specifically, NSF INCLUDES seeks to motivate and accelerate collaborative infrastructure building to advance equity and sustain systemic change to broaden participation in STEM fields at scale. Significant advancement in the inclusion of groups that have historically been excluded from or under-served in STEM will result in a new generation of STEM talent and leadership to secure the Nation's future and long-term economic competitiveness. With this solicitation, NSF offers support for five types of projects that connect and contribute to the National Network: (1) Design and Development Launch Pilots, (2) Collaborative Change Consortia, (3) Alliances, (4) Network Connectors, and (5) Conferences. 

2022-2023 Distinguished Research Award (DRA)

Deadline: 11:59pm (MST) on Thursday, December 15th, 2022
Click here to apply!

The Distinguished Research Award (DRA) is a prestigious faculty award designed to recognize outstanding achievements in research by three University of Utah 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. 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.

Nominations for the 2022-2023 cycle are due by 11:59pm (MST) on Thursday, December 15th, 2022 and must be submitted using this submission link. Please thoroughly review all FY23 DRA Guidelines before preparing a nomination. Questions about this program should be directed to Tyler Matsamas.

2022-2023 Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF)
Deadline: 11:59pm (MST) on Wednesday, January 11th, 2023
Click here to apply!

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) provides support to faculty and core facilities for new equipment purchases, or to replace/upgrade existing research equipment. Equipment purchased with RIF funds is meant to be shared as broadly as possible and should be used to facilitate externally funded research and scholarship. Funding decisions are based on merit of the proposal, demonstrated need, impact of the equipment on the UofU Research Community, and availability of funds.
Starting in FY23, the RIF program will conduct one cycle of the RIF Program. The RIF Program has become exponentially more competitive as our Research Community expands its scope and impact. Restructuring the program to accept applications once per year will allow applicants substantial time to prepare a well-constructed and highly competitive RIF proposal. If the FY23 cycle does not utilize the full program budget, the VPR Office will consider a second program cycle after the first closes.

Applications for the 2022-2023 RIF cycle are due by 11:59pm (MST) on Wednesday, January 11th, 2023. Interested applicants should thoroughly review all FY23 RIF Guidelines before preparing an application. Questions about this program should be directed to Tyler Matsamas.

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Last Updated: 10/7/22