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University Research Foundation Grants for 2022: Application Deadline is October 14

The University Research Foundation (URF) is now accepting grant applications for the October 14, 2022 deadline. The URF is an intramural funding program that provides up to $75,000 support for research projects and up to $3,000 for conference support. The URF provides seed funding for research activities that are expected to lead to external sponsorship and/or peer-reviewed research publications. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) will operate one URF cycle for FY23, accepting proposals in two categories: research support grants and conference support grants. Each program has its own guidelines and budget requirements. Details are below, and more information is available online at:

Research Support Grants: This program provides up to $75,000 for research support. The objectives of this program are to: (a) Help junior faculty undertake pilot projects that will enable them to successfully apply for extramural sources of funding and aid in establishing their careers as independent investigators; (b) Help established faculty perform novel, pioneering research to determine project feasibility and develop preliminary data to support extramural grant applications; (c) Provide support in disciplines where extramural support is difficult to obtain and where significant research can be facilitated with internal funding; and (d) Provide limited institutional matching funds that are required as part of a successful external peer-reviewed application.

Conference Support Grants: This program is designed to provide funding (up to $3,000) for meetings to enhance existing research and scholarly programs, particularly in disciplines where external funding is difficult to obtain. Conferences that promote interdisciplinary and multi-school participation are given priority.

Disciplinary Areas: 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.

Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to Penn assistant, associate, and full professors in any track. Note: the biomedical panel limits applications for research grants to assistant and early-stage associate professors. Instructors and research associates 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. Adjunct and emeritus faculty are not eligible to apply. Only one application is allowed per PI per cycle. Awards must be expended on University of Pennsylvania facilities, equipment and/or associated University technical staff and undergraduate students.