Internal Funding Opportunties

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The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation offers support for faculty research and scholarship across all disciplines.  These programs are designed to support and foster the research enterprise at UO.  The internal award programs seed new research initiatives and collaborations, help translate research innovation into commercial success, support creative endeavors and scholarly projects in disciplines with limited external funding opportunities, and provide other support to further our research mission.

OVPRI Programs

Interdisciplinary research

individual Research

Other internal funding

Past programs

Other Internal Funding at UO

Faculty and graduate research programs


Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Programs


Data Science Initiative Seed Funding Program

The goal of this cross-disciplinary effort is to bring together existing faculty members and recruit new scholars to create novel research and educational programs in data science. The acquisition of new grants to fund investigator-initiated research, graduate training, and the development of major centers or institutes centered on data science will be essential to the success of this initiative.

  • Optional LOI Deadline: Rolling acceptance until September 19, 2019
  • Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Resilience Initiative

The Resilience Initiative aims to build new, transdisciplinary collaborations and support the development of new research agendas in social-environmental research.  Sponsored by the OVPRI, this seed funding program supports creative and innovative approaches to research and scholarship that are rigorous in approach and inventive in design, while also grounded in principles of ethical leadership and social and environmental justice.

  • Mandatory LOI Deadline: September 19, 2019
  • Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3)

The Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I 3) award program fosters new interdisciplinary research projects at UO. I 3 partnerships should emerge from shared research interests and needs and be developed in light of external funding opportunities, UO’s institutional strengths, academic priorities, and institutional history. Partnerships may include external institutions of strategic importance.

  • Deadlines: TBA

UO-OHSU Collaborative Seed Projects

Collaborative Seed Projects (CSP) — The program aims to build on strengths of the faculty at both institutions, deepen UO-OHSU partnerships, and prepare UO-OHSU teams to apply for external funding that will provide long-term support for research programs. The overall purpose of this CSP is to significantly increase the number of externally funded UO-OHSU-UO collaborative projects.  There are 3 types of projects funded through the CSP: Convening Grants, Phase 1 Piloting Grants, and Phase 2 Piloting Grants. Sign up for the UO-OHSU Partnership mailing list.

  • Convening grant deadline: TBA
  • Phase 1 Piloting grants deadline: (passed - Sept.16, 2019).
  • Phase 2 Piloting grant deadline: TBA

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Individual Faculty Awards


Faculty Research Awards

Faculty Research Awards are made annually through the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation to UO faculty from all disciplinary backgrounds.

  • Deadlines: January 10, 2020

New Junior Faculty Research Awards Program

This award provides up to $3,000 to support research expenses to all eligible faculty members in the first year of their appointment. No application is required.

Early Career Faculty Travel Grant Program

The Early Career Faculty Travel Grant programs supports the professional development of junior faculty by facilitating interactions with prospective federal sponsors.

  • Deadline: TBA

Incentives for NIH Trainees

The OVPRI provides the following support for F32 award recipients and T32- supported trainees.

  1. F32 awardees will receive $1000/year of the award in a research support account, for up to 3 years.
  2. For T32- supported trainees, the OVPRI will pay the tuition differential when the guidelines restrict charging the full tuition amount to the grant budget.
  3. When Training Program Directors are restricted from charging the full OPE costs for T32-supported postdoctoral fellows directly to the grant budget, the OVPRI will pay the differential amount.

Note: Please include language describing these commitments when submitting applications to T32 or F32 programs.

UO Nominees for NEH Summer Stipend

This program is designed to encourage tenured-related faculty to apply to the limited submission, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program. A humanities scholar who is selected by UO's internal faculty committee to represent the UO to NEH, but is not ultimately selected by the NEH, will receive a $6000 stipend (includes OPE) from the OVPRI.


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Other Internal Funding

Innovation Fund Program: Translational Research Grants

This new program, supported by the OVPRI and the University Venture Development II fund, aims to foster the accelerated translation of innovations developed at UO into new products, services and businesses.

  • Deadline: Rolling (Decisions communicated within 1 month of proposal receipt)

Research Instrumentation and Equipment Program for Research Core Facilities (RIEP)

This program helps Research Core Facilities acquire new and repair, upgrade or replace existing instrumentation critical to UO’s research infrastructure.

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020

Note: Emergency funds for Core Facilities do not follow the above deadline. Please use this form to apply for emergency funds on a rolling basis.

Bridge Funding Support for Research

The competitiveness of the federal funding climate presents unique challenges to principal investigators, especially as unanticipated gaps in funding have negative effects on the continuation of active research programs. The Bridge Funding Support program provides interim resources to mitigate a challenging federal climate and to facilitate the ongoing viability of federally funded research projects.

  • Deadline: Rolling

University Innovation Research Fund - through Business Oregon

The UIRF matches federal funds for projects that have a direct or potential connection to economic development in primarily advanced manufacturing, high technology, outdoor gear and apparel, health care innovation, food and beverage, and forestry and wood products.

  • Deadline: Rolling


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UO Departmental Support Programs

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies - Faculty and Graduate Grants

Center for the Study of Women in Society - Research Grants

College of Arts and Sciences Internal Awards - multiple programs

Oregon Humanities Center - Faculty Research Fellowship

Presidential Fellows in Humanistic Study - Research Fellowships

Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics - multiple programs

Prior OVPRI Internal Programs (not active)

2017 Interdisciplinary Awards in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Awards in the Humanities and Social Sciences program provides seed funding to projects in the environmental humanities and social sciences. The award provides up to $25,000 for innovative projects that investigate the interrelationships between human activity and the environment while employing humanistic and social scientific modes of investigation.