Internal Funding

FY20 Faculty Pilot/Seed Grants Request for Proposals

The Office of Research invites grant proposals for faculty projects that have strong potential to attract external funding. Awards are made to support preliminary studies to position faculty to develop and submit competitive external proposals as well as for acquisition of data for resubmissions of declined external proposals. Potential and plans to attract external funding are the primary criteria. PIs (Principal Bill EnsignInvestigators – faculty project directors) must demonstrate a clear and logical plan linking the proposed 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. Grants are contingent upon availability of state funds.


Click here for more information/instructions on preparing a proposal. 

Creative Activities and Research Experiences for Teams (CARET) program from the Office of Undergraduate Research

The Creative Activities and Research Experiences for Teams (CARET) program is designed to enhance undergraduate involvement and experiences in research and creative activities. This funding program is designed to encourage and support faculty engagement in research or creative activities with undergraduate student collaborators using a team approach.

The research or creative activity can be one project for all team members or multiple projects across students. The CARET Awards are designed to support research teams of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 undergraduate students. Although it is not required, faculty members in departments with graduate programs are strongly encouraged to include Graduate Research Assistants as mentors. Up to $8,000 is available in faculty support.

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Office of Research Sponsored Graduate Research Assistantships and Postdoctoral Research Associate Support

The Office of Research no longer supports graduate research assistantships (GRAs). All GRA applications should be made via the Graduate College GRA website. Requests for postdoctoral support are still encouraged. Please consult the Associate Vice President for Research, Dr. Jonathan McMurry, before applying for postdoctoral funds. Dr. McMurry can be contacted here.

Interested applicants can find information on GRAs with the Graduate College.