See the Frequently Asked Questions for more general information.
- For all funding mechanisms, faculty members are invited to submit their research applications to one of four disciplinary areas: Biomedical Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Engineering, and Social Science and Management.
- For multidisciplinary research put the most relevant area first, followed by the other relevant area(s).
- Reviews are conducted by established faculty members in the appropriate disciplines.
- Biomed: Research Grant eligibility is limited to Penn assistant and early-stage associate professors (first 3 years) who have not previously received a URF research grant. Full professors may apply for Conference grants.
- Natural Sciences & Engineering, Humanities, and Social Sciences: All Penn assistant, associate, and full professors are eligible to apply to both programs.
- Instructors, Research Associates and Lecturers must provide a letter from their Department Chair establishing that the applicant will receive an appointment as an Assistant Professor by the time of the award. (The letter must be included with the application materials as part of the appendix.)
- Applicants who have received funding in the past three cycles will be less competitive
- Adjunct and Emeritus Faculty are not eligible to apply.
- Only one application per PI per cycle.
- CHOP-based faculty are eligible to apply. However awards must be expended on Penn facilities, equipment and/or associated University technical staff, postdocs and undergraduate students.
Reviewers will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria:
- Scholarly merit, creativity, impact, and innovation
- Significance of the research
- Prospects for future extramural funding
- Matching support from other sources
- Career development at early stages of career
- Advancement of school or institutional objectives, such as interdisciplinary research
- Overall impact to investigator’s research program
- Undergraduate participation (see more details below)
- A major consideration for the Opportunity Development Grants will be alignment with the specific goals of the grant program [refer to RODG Guidelines]
In addition, please note: Conferences that have been funded in the past will receive low priority.
- Completed application must be received on or before 5:00 pm on due date.
- Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
- Home departments must have a 26-digit budget code
- Questions about the URF program should be sent to email@example.com.
As part of the University’s commitment to providing research opportunities to scholars across our campus community, URF applicants are encouraged to include undergraduate student participants within the framework of their proposals. URF Review Panels will take undergraduate participation under strong consideration when evaluating and scoring proposals. Should applicants require assistance in identifying interested and qualified undergraduates, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) will be glad to provide support: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to Business Administrators:
Only PIs can submit proposals. For BAs who develop budgets on behalf of the PI, to the left are links to the budget forms for the five URF funding opportunities. BAs should download the budget form using the link provided within the instructions for the applicable funding opportunity. When the budget has been completed, please forward it to the PI for inclusion in the proposal submission (PI will need to upload the budget as PDF file).