Research and Sponsored Programs

deArce-Koch Memorial Endowment Fund

Deadline:  Thursday, January 19, 2023

The deArce-Koch Memorial Endowment Fund supports medically related research and development projects. A bequest from Helen C. Ponton deArce as a memorial to the memory of her husband, Alfred Koch, Sr., and her son, Alfred Koch, Jr., established the endowment. This fund supports research and scholarly activity that will advance a faculty member’s professional career, position the faculty member for additional external support, or provide assistance in developing a promising research program. It is anticipated that this fund will foster cross-disciplinary research projects. The funds available are from an endowment, the value of which fluctuates with the market and determines the number of awards that can be made in any given year.

Although there is no maximum limit to the award, requests should not exceed $25,000. Funds may support personnel, graduate student stipends, travel necessary to conduct research, equipment, and supplies. Assistant professors can apply for summer salary support (maximum support for six weeks’ summer salary and fringe benefits). However, associate and full professors cannot apply for summer salary. Awardees may not teach during the summer if they receive summer salary under this program.

Funding will be available in May 2023, with all expenditures completed by June 30, 2024.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Council. The evaluation process takes into consideration the faculty member’s rank. For assistant professors, the most important consideration is the likelihood that a successful project would lead to external support. Although preference will be given to untenured, tenure-track professors, proposals from tenured faculty will be considered. All applicants must clearly identify where they intend to submit proposals resulting from the proposed studies. For example, if proposals are intended for NIH, the type of proposal (R01/03/15/21) and institute must be identified.

See General Guidelines

Full Proposal Cover Page Revised 1/12/2022
Deadline: January  19, 2023

See General Guidelines. The page limits are included below for the forms that must be included in your application:

  • 1-2 Pages | DeArce-Koch Memorial Endowment Fund cover page with all appropriate signatures.
  • 1 Page | Abstract, written for a general audience that summarizes the project and its expected outcomes. The abstract must not exceed 250 words, single spaced.
  • 6 Pages | Project Description (double spaced) that includes the following:
    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 statement describing impact of this award on the PI and program
    D.  A section outlining the specific goals of the project and how they will be accomplished
    E.  A description of the studies to be completed including preliminary results, if any
    F.  Expected outcomes
    G. Plans for seeking additional funding
  • 2 Pages | References (single-spaced)
  • 2 Pages | Budget and Budget Justification (Word doc)
  • 2 Pages per Person | Biosketch (required for PI, optional for co-investigators)
  • Final Reports for any URFO awards for the past five years.
  • A summary of comments received on unfunded grant applications. 
  • No appendix material will be accepted.

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

Proposals that do not follow the above guidelines or do not meet eligibility criteria will not be accepted.

See General Guidelines.

Final Report Form
Report Deadline: 
September 30, 2024
Submit a written report to summarizing the results of the project and including a list of presentations, publications, proposals and funding directly resulting from this project.
Last Updated: 7/22/22