Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research focus is on making key investments in the UC research enterprise that will impact our local, national and global partners to advance multi- and trans-disciplinary initiatives in existing and emerging communities of research excellence at UC.

Office of Research Funding Opportunities

Due Date: 12/21/2018

Amount: $10,000

University Research Council – Humanities and Social Sciences Advancement Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2018 RFP for the URC Humanities & Social Sciences Advancement Program. This program expands upon previous Office of Research investments in the humanities & social sciences through incentivization of research and scholarship that is: 1) Innovative; and 2) Impactful. Within these general guidelines, the types of projects that will be most competitive for this program are those that are based on good ideas that demonstrate the potential to benefit society and:

  • Advance inclusivity and/or collaboration and/or
  • Have the potential to affect policy that addresses issues of societal significance and/or
  • Have the potential to contribute innovative & relevant knowledge to respective fields

Successful applicants will be expected to provide evidence of prior activity that indicates the potential for high-quality achievement.

This program is available to University of Cincinnati appointed faculty only.

**As part of the RFP and application, applicants are asked to consider and indicate how their work benefits/impacts society. The Office of Research uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as a high-level frame of reference for ‘impact areas’. If applicants cannot map the societal benefit of their work to the SDGs, they should select the ‘other’ option (in the application) and manually enter ‘an impact statement’ in their own words.

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Due Date: 12/21/2018

Amount: $10,000

University Research Council - Arts Advancement Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2018 RFP for the URC Arts Advancement Program. This program expands upon previous Office of Research investments in the arts through incentivization of research and scholarship that is: 1) Innovative; and 2) Impactful. Within these general guidelines, the types of projects that will be most competitive for this program are those that are based on good ideas that demonstrate the potential to benefit society and:

  • Advance inclusivity and/or collaboration and/or
  • Have the potential to affect policy that addresses issues of societal significance and/or
  • Have the potential to contribute innovative & relevant knowledge to respective fields

Successful applicants will be expected to provide evidence of prior activity that indicates the potential for high-quality achievement.

This program is available to University of Cincinnati appointed faculty only.

**As part of the RFP and application, applicants are asked to consider and indicate how their work benefits/impacts society. The Office of Research uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as a high-level frame of reference for ‘impact areas’. If applicants cannot map the societal benefit of their work to the SDGs, they should select the ‘other’ option (in the application) and manually enter ‘an impact statement’ in their own words.

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Due Date: 12/21/2018

Amount: $25,000

Collaborative Research Advancement Grants Program - Track 1: Pilot Teams

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2018 RFP for our multi-track internal funding opportunity: The Collaborative Research Advancement Grants Program.

The Pilot Funding program is an Office of Research investment in faculty that seeks to encourage collaboration and stimulate team-based research whose work: 1) Is highly innovative; 2) Directly improves the lives of people; and 3) Has the potential to attract extramural funding. Within these general guidelines, the types of teams and projects that will be most competitive for Track 1: Pilot Funding are those that:

  • Are multi-disciplinary and creatively pursuing a new line of inquiry;
  • Involve and/or provide support for UC’s under-represented junior investigators, post-docs, and/or graduate students;
  • Partner w/ government, NGO, industry, and/or community entities to solve a specific problem;
  • Pursue high-risk/high reward projects that have potential for scalability
  • Conduct research towards new (or of existing) policy that addresses issues that impact people in our community and around the world
  • Align with at least one of the United Nation’s Strategic Development Goals

Awards may vary. PILOT grant applications may request up to $25,000.00 in total costs. UC F&A will NOT be charged to your project.

If your proposal involves human subjects, animal research, or has the potential to involve export controlled information, please contact Amy Bryant , Email: Amy.Bryant@uc.edu, Phone: 513-558-5562

Any other questions may also be submitted to: jennifer.krivickas@uc.edu.

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Due Date: 12/21/2018

Amount: $70,000

Collaborative Research Advancement Grants Program - Track 2: Strategic Teams

This funding opportunity has been created to advance: 1) cross-disciplinary team research; 2) cross-disciplinary research teams with strong research concepts; and 3) extramural research grants and contracts leveraged by these seed funds. This funding opportunity specifically targets existing cross-disciplinary research teams that have prior collaborative funding success (internal and/or external funding) and would leverage additional seed funding to respond to targeted external funding opportunities. Research teams should be composed of a minimum of three collaborators, each with distinctly different professional disciplines. These disciplines do not need to reside in different Colleges, but preference will be given to teams that involve collaborations involving two or more Colleges.

Research areas that are currently of specific interest to federal funding agencies are given below. However, this is an open competition and all proposals that are compliant with the submission instructions will be reviewed and considered for the award.

  • Advanced Materials
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Automation
  • Biotechnology
  • BRAIN Initiative
  • Cancer
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Genome Editing
  • Opioids, Addiction, and Pain Management
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Precision Medicine
  • Quantum Information Science and Technology
  • Secure Microelectronics
  • Space Technology
  • Synthetic Biology

Questions should be submitted to: taylorp4@ucmail.uc.edu

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Past Opportunities

Due Date: 12/13/2018

Amount: $4,000

University Research Council - Graduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Awards for Faculty-Student Collaboration 2018-19

This program provides summer stipend support to outstanding graduate students plus funds to support related research costs working in collaboration with a UC faculty member. A total award of $5,000 is available to each applicant. Stipend support of up to $4,000 will be provided to the graduate student plus up to $1,000 for research costs payable to the department.

The number of applications submitted through each graduate program is limited, and there is a requirement for a pre-review by the department/college of the applicant. Applications will only be accepted from the graduate programs. Students may not apply directly.

Due Date: 12/13/2018

Amount: $7,500

University Research Council - Faculty Research Cost Support Awards Program 2018-19

This program provides financial support for faculty research programs, primarily for those in the initial stages of developing their research career. URC support grants are meant as pilot grants to 1) leverage additional extramural funding in the STEM areas and 2) to interpret and enhance disciplinary knowledge in areas where extramural funds are not generally available.

This program provides research support for the development of faculty research. Successful applicants are expected to present records of prior activity that indicate the potential for high-quality achievement. Faculty from the University of Cincinnati and its affiliate institutions are eligible to apply for the Faculty Research Cost Support Awards program. Research support in the amount of $7,500 will be provided. Faculty who received URC funding in the past 5 years for the Faculty Research Grant program or the Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Support Program are not eligible. Faculty who received an award more than 5 years ago and wish to pursue a new area of research are eligible.

STEM areas include Chemistry, Computer and Information Technology Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Social Sciences, Physics and Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Due Date: 12/13/2018

Amount: $4,500

University Research Council - Undergraduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Awards for Faculty-Student Collaboration 2018-19

This program provides summer stipend support to outstanding undergraduate students plus funds to support related research costs working in collaboration with a UC faculty member. Stipend support of up to $4,000 will be provided to the student plus up to $500 for research costs payable to the department.

All undergraduate students from UC who will not have graduated by September 2019 are eligible for this award. Students who have been accepted into other UC-sponsored summer undergraduate programs are eligible to apply. If awarded, the student will receive the higher of the two stipends and the URC funds will be used for all or part of that support.

Due Date: 11/09/2018

Amount: $25,000

Core Capability Development Grant Program

The Office of Research (OoR) understands that sustaining and refreshing core facilities is critical for future success of the research enterprise. A core capability development grant program has been created to address this issue. For this internal grant program, a core facility is defined to be inclusive of shared facilities without government approved charge rates. This program offers personnel support to existing core facilities to develop new tools / methods / techniques to expand the capabilities of core facilities.

Funding Priorities, Eligibility and Other Procedures

  • The program is open to all UC Colleges, exclusive of the College of Medicine.  
  • The key priorities are: 1) funding requests that show convincing arguments for increased use of facilities by UC faculty and staff and/or external parties, e.g., objective endpoints for demonstrating success; and 2) evidence for enhanced multi-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Matching funds from other sources to support the planned core expansion will be viewed favorably in the application.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of UC faculty and staff who will make recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Research. Reviews will be made available to all applicants. 
  • The number of proposals funded will be a function of funds available, and the numbers of meritorious, qualified applications received.  Awards are for up to $25,000.  We anticipate funding up to two of these proposals.
  • Funds are for personnel time and materials and supplies purchases only.
  • Applications are limited to one proposal per core facility.      

For any questions, contact Phil Taylor at 513-556-5308 or taylorp4@ucmail.uc.edu

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Due Date: 11/09/2018

Amount: $50,000

Core Equipment Grant Program

The Office of Research (OoR) understands that sustaining and refreshing core facilities is critical for future success of the research enterprise. A core equipment grant program has been created to address this issue. For this internal grant program, a core facility is defined to be inclusive of shared facilities without government approved charge rates. This program will target proposals from core facilities to support acquisition of new equipment or software to improve core operations or to create a new core facility.

Funding Priorities, Eligibility and Other Procedures

  • The program is open to all UC Colleges, exclusive of the College of Medicine.  
  • The key priorities are: 1) equipment requests that show convincing arguments for increased use of facilities by UC faculty and staff and/or external parties, e.g., objective endpoints for demonstrating success; and 2) evidence for enhanced multi-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Matching funds from other sources to support the planned core expansion will be viewed favorably in the application.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of UC faculty and staff who will make recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Research. Reviews will be made available to all applicants. 
  • The number of proposals funded will be a function of funds available, and the numbers of meritorious, qualified applications received.  Awards are for up to $50,000 in capital equipment purchases. We anticipate funding two to four of these proposals.
  • Funds cannot be used for faculty or staff salaries or travel. A separate core capability development program has been created for this purpose
  • Applications are limited to one proposal per core facility.

For any questions, contact Phil Taylor at 513-556-5308 or taylorp4@ucmail.uc.edu

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Due Date: 11/02/2018

Amount: $10,000

Faculty Bridge Program

The Office of Research (OoR) understands that maintaining productive programs during periods of temporary funding lapse is critical for future success. The Faculty Bridge Program (FBP) has been established by the OoR to provide short-term bridge or “gap” funding for established and productive faculty researchers who have had previous external funding, and who have remained active in research and in submitting grant applications, but who are now between funding cycles. This call will be limited to investigators who have a grant application pending with the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Future bridge funding opportunities will target faculty with interests in other agencies. The FBP application due dates will be November 2, 2018, February 1, 2019 and May 3, 2019.

Applications must be submitted via email to Dr. Phil Taylor and are due by 5:00 pm on the specified due dates. Submit a single file containing the requested information outlined below including the budget prepared using the provided Excel template. Email: Taylorp4@ucmail.uc.edu.

Questions should be submitted to: taylorp4@ucmail.uc.edu

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Due Date: 10/31/2018

Amount: $140,000

Trans-Disciplinary Research Leadership Program (3rd Cohort)

The goal of the Trans-disciplinary Research Leadership Program is to provide an academic year-long trans-disciplinary team research leadership development training for an elite group of promising, future leaders. The focus will be on practical mentoring and collaborative research project development across disciplines with an actionable deliverable at the end of the year to begin or expand collaborative research.

You will emerge with well-developed trans-disciplinary leadership skills and form research connections across all campuses. The resulting projects are expected to generate opportunities for additional indirect funding.

While this program is targeted for mid-career to early senior faculty (late Associate - early Full) all qualified faculty at all levels will be considered. The faculty must have demonstrated successful trans-disciplinary research accomplishments or interest and potential to be successful in this area.

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Due Date: 10/31/2017

Amount: N/A

Trans-Disciplinary Research Leadership Program (2nd Cohort)

Call for Applications for the 2nd cohort of the Trans-disciplinary Research Leadership Program just released!

The goal of the Trans-disciplinary Research Leadership Program is to provide an academic year-long trans-disciplinary team research leadership development training for an elite group of promising, future leaders. The focus is on practical mentoring and collaborative research project development across disciplines with an actionable deliverable at the end of the year to begin or expand collaborative research.

While this program is targeted for mid-career to early senior faculty (late Associate - early Full) all qualified faculty at all levels will be considered. The faculty must have demonstrated successful trans-disciplinary research accomplishments or interest and potential to be successful in this area.

The applicant must submit the following in a single pdf file: Application Packet TDRLP

Applications and questions should be submitted to: heather.geers@uc.edu

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Due Date: 10/16/2017

Amount: $20,000

Science Engineering + Art Design (SE+AD) Advancement Grant

The Offices of the Vice President for Research and Provost are pleased to announce a new, internal grant opportunity: The SE+AD Advancement Grant Program, which is linked to our participation in the national Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) program, whose mission is to "advance the full range of arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society."

The world’s most pressing and complex challenges defy singular analytical approaches and interpretation. Our offices aspire to eliminate barriers and create new opportunities for the mutual integration of the arts, humanities, and social sciences (AHSS) with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) to stimulate and promote partnerships between divergent, convergent, and analytical thinkers, who, when brought together, think more dynamically about problems too complex to be solved by any one discipline. This call for proposals seeks bold ideas for translational research that attempts to convert basic research knowledge into practical applications that protect, enhance, and improve the quality of life for those most in need in our region. As such, preference will be given to SE+AD teams who will collaborate with a community partner. One grant will be awarded at $20,000.($5,000.00 of which will be available to support travel to the 2018 a2ru conference.

Should you encounter any technical issues or have technical questions or need technical assistance, please contact Laura Ready, Program Coordinator, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST): laura.reedy@cchmc.org or urbanolj@ucmail.uc.edu Other Questions? Contact Assistant Vice President for Integrated Research + AHSS and Integrated Research Advancement Grants Program Officer, Jennifer Krivickas

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