Research and Sponsored Programs

Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Award Program

letter of intent deadline: October 24, 2022 | required
full proposal deadline: January 19, 2023 | by invitation only


This program is available to collaborative groups to develop an external proposal that will help support an interdisciplinary program of excellence.  The team must consist of at least four faculty members with a minimum of two (2) full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty (FTTT) from different departments, and the PI must be FTTT. Eligibility of the non-FTTT faculty is limited to those with the following academic titles:

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Research Associate Professor
  • Research Professor
  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Associate Research Professor
  • Clinical Faculty
  • Full Time Lecturers

Not eligible are those with the following titles or affiliations:

  • UTP-only employees
  • Visiting Professors
  • Post-Doctoral Researchers

This program supports the goals of UToledo's strategic plan to encourage and develop interdisciplinary research. Proposals can request up to $50,000; awardees are expected to submit an interdisciplinary proposal to a nationally competitive sponsor.

Funds may support summer salary and fringe benefits (maximum summer support is for six weeks’ salary and fringe benefits), other support personnel, travel, equipment, and materials and supplies as necessary to organize, prepare and submit a proposal to an external agency. Funding is available in May 2023, with all expenditures to be completed by May 2024. Awardees will be expected to provide the Research Council with a presentation on the progress and results of their project.

Proposals that pass internal administrative and Research Council review will be sent to expert external reviewers for comment and evaluation. The primary consideration is whether the investment in the proposed activity will produce a coherent research group likely to emerge as nationally competitive and able to win competitive funding. Proposals must make it clear that the interdisciplinary nature of the project adds value, that each investigator is making important contributions, and that there are specific external sources of potential support for the activity.


Letter of Intent (Required)

Applicants will submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), not to exceed four double-spaced pages in the format described in the required cover page. Questions about eligibility may be answered in this FAQ

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.  In selecting which Letters of Intent will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal, preference will be given to projects combining more than one discipline —academic, artistic, or scientific.

Full Proposals (By Invitation Only)
Full proposals have one-inch margins and Arial or Palatino Linotype 11-point.

See General Guidelines. The following forms must be included:

  • An abstract, written for a general audience that summarizes the project and its expected outcomes. The abstract must not exceed 250 words.
  • A project description, written to technical reviewers who are versed in the topic of the project, must explain the objective(s) or specific aims of the project, the significance of the project, the methodology or approach to be used, the expected outcomes or products, and the contribution that a successful project will make to the research stature of The University of Toledo. The project description must not exceed 15 (fifteen) pages double-spaced, inclusive of charts, diagrams, photographs or other information. Recommended sections are:
    A.  Objectives or Specific Aims
    B.  Significance
    C.  Methodology
    D.  Expected Outcomes
    E.  Contribution to Research Stature of UToledo
  • A list of cited literature references
  • A one-page summary of plans to move the project toward sustained, external funding. This should list potential sources of support, such as programs within agencies.
  • A two-page management plan that outlines the roles of each investigator in the project.
    (NOTE: Weaknesses in this section are often identified by reviewers who question why the project needs to be supported to advance interdisciplinary research).
  • A detailed budget and budget justification. Requests for travel funds should include the location and purpose of the travel as it relates to the project. Equipment must be separately listed. The budget may only request funds for activities that are not supported from other sources. An Excel budget tool (not required for submission) is available to help with calculations.
  • A two-page biosketch for each investigator, including the individual’s current professional position, degrees (with institutions and dates), professional positions held, recent relevant publications, artistic performances or other original products.
  • No appendix material will be accepted
  • A completed Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Award cover page including required signatures.


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.   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. 


See General Guidelines 

Reporting Requirements

Report Deadline: September 30, 2024 | Submission Document: Final Report Form

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. For further information, please see the URFO Final Report webpage.

In addition, Interdisciplinary Initiation awardees will also be asked to give a brief presentation on their work to the Research Council

Last Updated: 10/26/22