Research and Sponsored Programs

STEM Research Innovation Program

Letter of Intent Deadline: November 4, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: January 22, 2020 (By Invitation Only)

Faculty are invited to submit research proposals focused on high impact and innovation in any STEM area that has the potential to change the direction of a particular area of study. Awards of up to $50,000 for one year will be used to generate preliminary data sufficient for submission of a grant proposal to a major sponsor. Funds can support graduate student stipends, nonprofessional personnel, equipment, materials, supplies and animal costs.


Although any tenure-track faculty may apply, the focus of this program is directed to established researchers and senior faculty.


November 4, 2019

Letter of intent form

Applicants will submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), not to exceed four double-spaced pages. 

Submit this LOI by email to no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date. The Research Council will review the LOIs received and invite full proposals.

January 22, 2020

Full Proposal Form

Full proposals shall use one-inch margins and Arial or Palatino Linotype 11-point. The proposal must include:

Cover Page(s)
Abstract (single-spaced, 250 words maximum)
Project Description, maximum 15 pages double-spaced, including

A)   A statement of the significance of the problem and its impact on the field of study
B)    A statement describing the innovative aspects of the proposed studies
C)   A section outlining the specific goals of the project and how they will be accomplished
D)   A description of the studies to be completed, including preliminary results if any
E)    Expected outcomes
F)    Plans for seeking additional funding

Required but not counted in the 15-page limit:

1.  A cited literature reference list with full citations (maximum two single-spaced pages)
2.  An NSF-style biosketch (maximum two pages per investigator)
       - NSF Biosketch Guidelines (Section f)
       - Sciencv (You may also use this tool to build an NSF-style biosketch)
3.  A budget and budget justification (maximum two pages)
4.  Final reports for any URFO awards for the past five years

No additional material will be accepted.

Full Proposal Submission

Submit your proposal as a single PDF file containing all required elements by 11:59 pm on the deadline date via e-mail to


LOIs will be reviewed by the Research Council, and applicants will be notified if invited to submit a full proposal.  Full proposals will sent to outside reviewers. Those invited to submit full proposals will be asked to provide names of potential external reviewers as well as names of those who should not be asked to review.  Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1.  Expertise of the PI
2.  Importance of the problem
3.  How well the research plan fulfills the goals of supporting innovative and potential high impact research
4.  Potential for generating future extramural funding

Award Notification

See General Guidelines.

Reporting Requirements

Within three months of the conclusion of the award period, submit to a Final Report of accomplishments, a list of manuscripts, a list of agencies where grant applications have been sent and a list of scientific meetings or seminars where work supported by this mechanism has been presented.

final report form

Last Updated: 2/21/20