Internal Funding

Man with VR headsetOVPR Pilot/Seed Grants

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) annually invites grant proposals for faculty projects that have strong potential to attract external funding. Awards are made to support preliminary studies and acquisition of data for resubmissions of declined external proposals. Potential and plans to attract external funding are the primary criteria. PIs (Principal Investigators – faculty project directors) must demonstrate a clear and logical plan linking the proposed OVPR grant to external funding opportunities and the commitment to pursue those opportunities. PIs who are early career and/or are preparing revised external submissions are particularly encouraged to apply. OVPR grants are contingent upon availability of state funds. The competition is typically announced in the Spring through KSU Inform.

OVPR Sponsored Graduate Research Assistantships and Postdoctoral Research Associate Support

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will award Tier III graduate research assistantships (GRAs) and partial postdoctoral research associate salary funding to support faculty research projects that have the potential to make a significant impact in their field and have strong potential to attract external funding. Examples include gathering pilot data necessary for a federal grant proposal or for a publication that would enhance the PI’s competitiveness. For GRA proposals, faculty must demonstrate that they have an external funding objective and present a clear and logical plan linking the proposed research to one or more external funding opportunities. GRA-supported students must be in a research‐based, thesis master’s program. They must also integrate the proposed assistantship to the graduate student’s plan of study and demonstrate substantial benefit to the student. For postdoctoral positions, PIs must be externally funded and able to commit 25‐ 50% of the salary from those funds. Postdoctoral associates must be integrated into graduate research training and be integral to the pursuit of grant renewal or new funding.

  • PRIORITY DEADLINE: April 28, 2017 by 5:00pm

    Proposals for GRAs received by 5:00pm on April 28, 2017 will receive priority consideration (we anticipate awarding six GRAs from this pool). Proposals will be accepted until funding has been allocated.

    Postdoctoral salary support proposals will be received at any time until funding has been allocated.

    The full proposal should be submitted as a single pdf to See guidelines for more detail.

  • Award announcements to come...