Research and Sponsored Programs

Research Awards and Fellowship Program

Deadline:  Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Research Awards and Fellowships support full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty. Funds are awarded through a competitive, peer-reviewed process to support research, scholarly activities, and creative artistic projects, to advance a faculty member’s professional career, to position a faculty member for additional external support, or to promote assistance in developing a promising research program.

This award does not support the preparation of textbooks or other instructional materials.

The maximum award is $20,000 and may support summer salary and fringe benefits (to a maximum of six weeks), students, travel, equipment, and materials and supplies. Funding becomes available in May 2021, with all expenditures completed by 31 December 2021. Awardees may not teach during the summer if they receive summer salary under this program.

The Research Council will review proposals and may seek additional reviewers from on and off campus. The evaluation process will take into consideration the faculty member’s rank, discipline, level of student involvement, nature of the proposed project, and funding. For assistant professors in all disciplines, the most important consideration is the likelihood that a successful project will lead to a productive and meaningful research and scholarship program. Research Council members also will consider the extent to which the proposed project will lead to self-sustaining external support. Although preference will be given to untenured, tenure-track professorsproposals from tenured faculty will be considered. For an associate or full professor, the proposal must explain how the project will take the individual to higher national stature through significant contribution to the discipline or move that faculty member into a promising new area of research or scholarship.

The Research Council broadly represents all disciplines on campus. Therefore, it is important that the proposal clearly communicates the goals of the project to the readership.


Tenured or tenure-track faculty who are on 9-, 11- and 12-month appointments and who will be at the University during the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible to apply. However, 12-month faculty cannot receive salary support.

See General Guidelines for additional eligibility criteria.

Research Awards and Fellowships Cover Page
Deadline:  January 20, 2021

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

  • 1-2 Pages | Research Awards and Fellowships cover page(s) 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 and should be single spaced.
  • 6 Pages | Project description that includes sections on objectives, significance, methodology (or approach) and outcome. The outcome section should indicate the contribution a successful project will make to the individual’s professional growth. The project description must not exceed six double-spaced pages with one-inch margins, including all figures and diagrams. The description should provide the Research Council members with sufficient information to show the possible contribution of the project to the discipline.
  • 2 Pages | References (single-spaced pages)
  • 2 Pages | Budget and Budget Justification
  • 2 Pages | Biosketch (required for PI, optional for co-investigators)
  • No Page Limit | Final reports for any URFO awards for the past five years.
  • No appendix material or support letters will be accepted

Submit your proposal as a single PDF file plus the URFO Budget Template (an Excel sheet) containing all required elements by 11:59 PM on the deadline date via e-mail to Proposals that do not meet the formatting requirements will not be reviewed.

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

See General Guidelines.

Final Report Form
Due Date:  March 31, 2022

Award recipients must either submit a proposal to an external agency prior to the final report deadline or provide evidence of the regional and national contribution of the project in the final report.

Submit a written final report to summarizing the results of the project and including a list of presentations, publications and proposals that were a direct result of the project. 

Last Updated: 8/12/20