University Research Foundation

Averaging $1.5 million in funding per year, the URF supports faculty in all disciplines in their pursuit of innovative and groundbreaking research.

URF Report: 2010-2017

The University Research Foundation (URF) is an internal funding program that supports the research mission of the university.  While the details of structure and funding have evolved over its 37-year existence, the goals have remained the same: to support faculty as they start their careers; to help established faculty pivot into new research directions; to compete for external funding; and, to facilitate collaborations across disciplines.  Applicants can submit to four disciplinary areas: Biomedical Science, Natural Science, Humanities and Social Science and Management. This report outlines the URF program, including recent changes, as well as trends and impact over the period of 2010- 2017.

More from the Report…

Supporting Research at Penn

URF grants support all disciplines and all faculty ranks as well as undergraduate research. More »

Stories of the URF

Read about some of the great research generated with URF funding.  More »

Advanced Instrumentation

During this report period the URF supported 23 projects that developed or acquired advanced instrumentation to achieve their research objectives. More »

Recent grant recipients and departments.

URF Awardees

Fall 2018
URF Awards

Spring 2018
URF Awards

Fall 2017
URF Awards

Most Awarded Departments

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Research Grants