The College of Science Internal Research Funding Program comprises of several internal funding opportunities to support the research and infrastructure needs of college of science faculty. The overarching aim of this program is to increase the number of proposals submitted to external funding agencies (state, federal, foundations and other) to increase extramural funding awarded to, and the research stature of the College of Science. We aim to do this in ways that are equitable, inclusive and provide access to diverse members of our community.
We give a summary of our seed-funding and Foundation awards below. Please click on the title of each program, fund or award for additional information.
The College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS) Program funds projects based on individual & collaborative research involving the College community and beyond. The funds for this program come from Education & General Funds and Foundation funds such as the Robert W. Lundeen Science Faculty Development Award Fund, Ben & Elaine Whiteley Materials Research Fund, Venture Fund and the Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund.
SciRIS accelerates the pace of research, discovery, and innovation by enabling scientists to collaborate with diverse scientists across an array of disciplines. SciRIS has a unique purpose focused on profound rewards.There are two pathways through this program, the SciRIS (Stages 1-3) and the ScRIS individual investigator award (SciRIS-ii).
See what has been funded in this program in the past.
The SciRIS (Stages 1-3) program awards seed funding for high impact collaborative proposals that build teams, pursue fundamental discoveries, and create societal impact
Deadlines: April & December
This program specifically seeks to
Investment: SciRIS funds teams in three stages to foster team development, build capacity, and accelerate projects. An advisory team accompanies each award to help guide success.
Rewards: SciRIS investments make faculty much more competitive for grants by providing College researchers with the seed funding necessary to demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas and quicken the pace of scientific discovery and innovation.
The SciRIS-ii program awards seed funding to establish partnerships, accelerate project development, generate data and manuscripts, and foster proposal submissions.
This program provides funds to establish partnerships, accelerate project development, generate data and manuscripts, and foster proposal submissions.
This fund, supported by a generous gift from David and Donna Gould, is to be used for the support of research into the mechanism, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease (human).
Deadline: December (not offered in 2021)
This fund is to be used to support College faculty by maintaining state-of-the-art laboratories to advance fundamental discoveries in the basic sciences.
This award provides critical resources for projects that take a new direction, utilize a new technology or are in the “proof-of-concept” phase. Undergraduate & graduate students and faculty researchers can participate in the research, with a preference given to graduate students and faculty who are developing new areas of research AND establishing or augmenting research partnerships with external industrial partners.
Learn more about other internal and external grant & funding opportunities in our ECOS and GP-ECOS newsletters
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