Research and Sponsored Programs

URFO Small Awards Program

Applications Accepted at Any Time

The URFO Small Awards Program provides up to $1,000 to tenured and tenure-track faculty members to support research and scholarship activities.  The Program provides limited funds when other sources of funds are not available, such as faculty start-up funds, departmental funds, grant funds, or other sources.  A total of $20,000 is available to support this program for the 2017-18 academic year.


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  • All tenured and tenure-track faculty
  • Request must be for future, not past activity

Examples of Activities Eligible for Support

  • Assistance in bringing a visiting scholar to campus to discuss research or research collaboration
  • Support for a small research conference or workshop
  • Page charges for a refereed article or manuscript
  • Travel to a national laboratory, university, government office, and/or foundation to explore research project funding
  • Travel to a collection in support of research or scholarship activities
  • Support to purchase a database or other materials needed for a research project

Examples of Activities NOT Eligible for Support

  • Purchase of office furniture and supplies
  • Food and beverages - with exception of a research conference or workshop of 20 attendees or greater
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Laptop computers, tablets or handheld electronic devices.
Last Updated: 11/17/17