Research and Sponsored Programs

URFO Small Awards Program

Deadline: Proposals Are Accepted Any Time

The URFO Small Awards Program provides a one time grant up to $1,000 per academic year to tenured and tenure-track faculty members to support research and scholarship activities.  The Program provides limited funds when other sources of funds, such as faculty start-up funds, departmental funds, grant funds, are not available. Funds are expected to be expended within six months of award. A total of $20,000 is available to support this program for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Scanned forms must be submitted to



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


  • Assistance in bringing a visiting scholar to campus to discuss research or research collaboration
  • Support for a small research conference or workshop
  • Support to purchase a database or other materials needed for a research project

Examples of Activities NOT Eligible for Support

  • Page charges for an article or manuscript
  • 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
  • Travel expenses
Last Updated: 9/17/21