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

Past Opportunities

Due Date: 10/14/2021

Amount: N/A

SRIDE Fellowship for Discovery - Undergraduate Students

The process of discovery contributes to our nation’s prowess in space exploration. In the Age of Discovery (circa 15th – 18th century), the leading nations of the day set out to explore what was unknown to them. The exploration of space will lead to greater understanding of the Earth and its place in the vastness of space. Humans living in space or on other celestial bodies will encounter new challenges in building societies. This includes not only sustainable physical structures but other critical aspects such as the formulation of exploration policies and new forms of civil society and governance in space.

A prime directive of the Space Research Institute for Discovery and Exploration (SRIDE) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is to foster growth in career paths that are aligned with our regional and national interests to discover and explore our universe with an emphasis on space travel and habitation. The Institute has established an Undergraduate Fellowship program – the SRIDE Fellowship for Discovery – to support students who show potential in advancing new ideas related to space discovery and exploration. The SRIDE Fellowship for Discovery is for undergraduates with 1-2 years remaining in their academic degree program. Undergraduates of all majors are eligible and encouraged to apply for this Fellowship.  

Key Dates 
08/30/21 RFA Released 
09/23/21 Application Portal Open 
10/14/21 Application Due by 5 pm Eastern 
10/28/21 Awardees Announced (anticipated) 
 

Overall funding is available to support up to six $3,000 fellowships each academic semester (starting this year with the Spring Semester 2022). 
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Due Date: 09/30/2021

Amount: N/A

SRIDE Fellowship for Exploration - Graduate Students

The process of discovery contributes to our nation’s prowess in space exploration. In the Age of Discovery (circa 15th – 18th century), the leading nations of the day set out to explore what was unknown to them. The exploration of space will lead to greater understanding of the Earth and its place in the vastness of space. Humans living in space or on other celestial bodies will encounter new challenges in building societies. This includes not only sustainable physical structures but other critical aspects such as the formulation of exploration policies and new forms of civil society and governance in space.

A prime directive of the Space Research Institute for Discovery and Exploration (SRIDE) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is to foster growth in career paths that are aligned with our regional and national interests to discover and explore our universe with an emphasis on space travel and habitation. The Institute has established a Graduate Fellowship program – the SRIDE Fellowship for Exploration – to support students who show potential in advancing new ideas related to space discovery and exploration. The SRIDE Fellowship for Exploration is for graduate students pursuing their Masters or Ph.D. degrees. There are no limitations to the discipline or background of graduate students – applications from all areas are strongly encouraged.  

Key Dates 
08/30/21 RFA Released 
09/08/21 Application Portal Open 
09/30/21 Application Due by 5 pm Eastern 
10/12/21 Awardees Announced (anticipated) 
10/31/21 Earliest Stipend Start Date (anticipated) 

Overall funding is available to support up to five $24,000 12-month graduate stipends. Note – these awards do not include tuition waivers.
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Due Date: 07/29/2021

Amount: N/A

Office of Research Major Proposal Development Support Program

As part of UC’s Research2030 “Invest to Advance” strategic plan, we seek to support and enhance the competitiveness of our research enterprise for major funding opportunities. As a result, the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 RFA for the inaugural Major Proposal Support Program, which will provide internal and external expert support for UC faculty who are targeting major, multi-year, competitive and prestigious funding opportunities.* Awardees will receive up to two waves of pre-submission review and editing of full proposals. Services include project management; expert coaching on program officer outreach and funder expectations; and proposal support in the form of hands-on review and revision services. Tenured- and tenure-track faculty (with at least 80% FTE) are eligible to apply. Awardees will be encouraged to begin drafting proposals upon receiving and accepting the award, however, this program is targeting external funding opportunity submission dates that fall within the window of February 1, 2022 through August 15, 2022. The Office of Research intends to re-release this RFA again in the spring to target major funding opportunities in the time period of August 15, 2022 through February 1, 2023, and then repeat this program every 6 months thereafter.
 
*The Office of Research appreciates the fact that what is considered a ‘major, highly competitive’ opportunity varies from field to field. Our aim is to increase competitiveness of UC faculty for significant external funding across all STEMM and AHSS disciplines. Total Awardees: Depending on the number and quality of applications received, up to 6 applications will be selected for proposal development support.

The Office of Research hosted an informational session about this opportunity in Fall 2020, the recording of this session can be found here. Further questions can be submitted to research@uc.edu. 

 

KEY DATES
RFA released June 1, 2021
Application Deadline: July 29, 2021, 5:00 pm EST
Awardees Announced: Week of August 23rd, 2021 (anticipated)
Proposal Draft Deadline: December 1, 2021
Review/Revision Period: (Staggered: December 2, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

 

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Due Date: 06/01/2021

Amount: $25,000

University of Cincinnati Student Government Research Fellowship Program

The aim of the Undergraduate Research (UGR) Fellowship Program is to motivate and empower undergraduate students to pursue their research. Undergraduate students may request up to $700 in Fellowship funding to help off-set the cost of supplies, conference presentations, publication, and travel to field sites. Fellowships may not be used for wages, stipends, or professional memberships (unless membership is required to present at a conference). An annual budget of $25,000 would support between 35-100 students (assuming requests ranging from $250-$700 per student). Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis, please submit applications as they are completed!

Any questions regarding this program should be directed to Dr. Megan Lamkin at lamkinmk@ucmail.uc.edu.
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Due Date: 04/26/2021

Amount: $40,000

Office of Research Core Enhancement Grant Program

Background and Purpose

The UC Office of Research (OoR) understands that sustaining and refreshing core facilities is critical for future success of the research enterprise. As part of the Research2030 program strategy to Invest for Impact and Invest in Success, we are issuing this core development opportunity.  For this internal grant program, a research core facility is defined to be inclusive of shared research facilities with government approved recharge rates. This program offers funding support to existing research core facilities to update equipment or software to expand their capabilities and impact to support current customers and to attract new customers.

Funding Priorities, Eligibility, and Process

  • The program is open to research cores in all UC Colleges except for the College of Medicine. 
  • The key priorities will include: 1) equipment/software that increases use of a facility by a broader range of UC investigators and/or external parties; 2) evidence that a lack of investment will result in loss of customer base and/or the ability to support grant-funded research projects.
  • Software/hardware upgrades to meet UCIT network requirements are eligible for this award provided that the instrumentation involved has a significant customer base to justify the investment.
  • Matching funds from other sources will be viewed favorably in the application.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts who will make recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Research.
  • The number of proposals funded will be a function of funds available and the number of meritorious, qualified applications received.  Awards of up to $40,000 are available, but requests should be limited to the minimal amount needed so that the impact of the overall funding pool can be maximized.
  • Funds cannot be used for faculty/staff salaries or travel.
  • Applications are limited to one proposal per core facility.     

Applications must be submitted via email to the Office or Research with the subject “core enhancement grant” by 5:00 pm on April 6, 2021.  Email: research@uc.edu.

Application Materials

The following documentation must be submitted with the application:

  • A description of the proposed project and justification on how this investment significantly enhances the core in terms of the funding priorities given above and the scope of investigators who will be supported by the upgrade. (Do not exceed 2 pages)
  • An itemized budget and budget justification (Do not exceed 1 page)

Deliverables

Awardees will provide an update via a progress report to the OOR internal grant portal by September 30, 2021 with the initial impact on the core facility.  A more detailed report will be due June 30, 2022 summarizing the use and return on investment (ROI).  The ROI analysis should consider the following: increased usage of the facility, new proposals, and collaborations generated, and all forms of scholarly activity that are the direct result of the investment.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Greis at greiskd@ucmail.uc.edu; 513-558-7102.

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Due Date: 04/19/2021

Amount: $50,000

Community Change Collaborative Grants - 2021 Theme: Equitable Cities

The Community Change Collaborative is a recently formed part of the Urban Futures Pathway facilitated by the Office of Research that connects and amplifies community-engaged research across UC by building a research community, providing support, and sharing knowledge. To reach these goals, the Collaborative seeks to incentivize interdisciplinary community-engaged research that contributes not only academic knowledge but also solutions to real-world problems. This funding opportunity supports research action teams comprised of faculty and community partners that will conduct pilot research to inform external funding proposals. This program will follow a one-stage, full proposal/application process. This program is open to teams of faculty from all UC colleges. Application budget limit: $20,000.  
 
The theme of this inaugural year of Community Change Collaborative funding is “Equitable Cities.” Research action teams will work towards the most pressing needs of Cincinnati and other urban communities. Applicants may look to the principles outlined by Wolff et al. 2017 in describing collaborative efforts contributing to equitable cities. Total Program Budget: $50,000; Up to 5 awards will be made.
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Due Date: 04/15/2021

Amount: $15,000

University Research Council (URC) Faculty Research Pivot Awards

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the 2021 RFP for the inaugural URC Faculty Research Pivot Awards Program. Building upon the rich legacy of the University Research Council (URC), UC’s oldest and most prestigious internal funding program, the URC Faculty Research Pivot Awards are targeted to mid-career and beyond faculty who are proposing transformative new ideas and directions for their research, scholarship and creative activities. This program is for individual faculty and may be discipline-focused or interdisciplinary in nature. All areas of research, scholarship and creative activities across UC are eligible.

This program will follow a two-stage application/evaluation process. The first stage involves submission of a 3-page concept paper. Up to 10 finalists will then be invited to submit a full proposal and agree to a 10-minute presentation/Q&A to discuss their proposed activities.

Awards: All awards will be for $15,000 and for a period of 18 months. Awards are expected to support the proposed activities and can include course relief, as necessary. Budgets will only be required from awardees and will be created in collaboration with the Office of Research. Up to five awards will be made
in the first year of this program.

Unit Head Support: All applicants must provide a letter of support from their unit head documenting the proposed activities are a departure from the current, the availability of resources to conduct the proposed activities, and any necessary unit-level support for the faculty member should they be selected for an award.

KEY DATES

RFP released March 18, 2021
Concept/White Paper Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 5:00 pm EST
Finalists Notified: April 22, 2021 (anticipated)
Final Proposal Deadline: May 13, 2021, 5:00 pm EST (for finalists only)
Finalist Presentations: Week of May 24th  2021 (anticipated)
Awardees Announced: Week of June 21st, 2021 (anticipated)
Award Period: August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2023

The Vice President for Research hosted a webinar to discuss the opportunity, RFP details (e.g., application materials, white paper components and review criteria) and answering applicant questions on March 24th at 12:00 pm (noon). Interested applicants to this program are encouraged, but not required, to attend this webinar. Watch the recording of this webinar.

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Due Date: 02/04/2021

Amount: $25,000

Office of Research Collaborative Research Advancement Program – Pilots (UPDATED)

Consistent with Office of Research goals to spur interdisciplinary research and establish new partnerships within and beyond the institution, the Collaborative Research Advancement program is meant to encourage both internal and external collaboration; enable new teams and/or new lines of research; and stimulate research that embraces intellectual diversity and addresses issues of increasing societal significance. This program has been modified and will now follow a two-stage application/evaluation process. The first stage involves submission of a 2-page concept paper. Up to fifteen finalists will then be invited to submit a full proposal and agree to a 10-minute presentation/Q&A to discuss their proposed activities. This program is open to all UC faculty. Application budget limit: $25,000. Total Program Budget: $200,000; Up to 8 awards will be made. RFA Released: December 9, 2020.

Associate Vice President for Research, Jennifer Krivickas, hosted a webinar to discuss the opportunity, RFA details (e.g., application materials, white paper/concept paper components and review criteria) and answering applicant questions on December 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm (noon). Interested applicants to this program are encouraged, but not required, to attend this webinar. A recording of this seminar can be found here.


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Due Date: 01/28/2021

Amount: N/A

Office of Research Major Proposal Support Program (NEW)

As part of UC’s Research2030 “Invest to Advance” strategic plan, we seek to support and enhance the competitiveness of our research enterprise for major funding opportunities. As a result, the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 RFA for the inaugural Major Proposal Support Program, which will provide internal and external expert support for UC faculty who are targeting major, multi-year, competitive and prestigious funding opportunities.* Awardees will receive up to two waves of pre-submission review and editing of full proposals. Services include project management; expert coaching on program officer outreach and funder expectations; and proposal support in the form of hands-on review and revision services. Research, tenured and tenure-track faculty or Staff (with at least 80% FTE) are eligible to apply. Awardees will be encouraged to begin drafting proposals upon receiving and accepting the award, however, this program is targeting external funding opportunity submission dates that fall within the window of August 15, 2021 through February 1, 2022. The Office of Research intends to re-release this RFA again in the spring to target major funding opportunities in the time period of February 1, 2022 through August 15, 2022, and then repeat this program every 6 months thereafter.

*The Office of Research appreciates the fact that what is considered a ‘major, highly competitive’ opportunity varies from field to field. Our aim is to increase competitiveness of UC faculty for significant external funding across all STEMM and AHSS disciplines.

Total Awardees: Depending on the number and quality of applications received, up to 6 applications will be selected for proposal development support. RFP Released: December 1, 2020.

The Associate Vice President for Research: Strategic Initiatives & Signature Programs hosted a zoom meeting (to discuss the opportunity) and answer applicant questions on December 3, 2020 at 12:00 noon. The recording of this session can be found here.


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Due Date: 12/17/2020

Amount: $7,500

University Research Council (URC) Graduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Program for Faculty—Student Collaboration

Attention: Thank you to all URC Graduate Student Stipend applicants. The URC Council is still finalizing their decisions and will be making their announcements before February 26, 2021. You patience is appreciated. (Updated 2/2/21)


Following in the Teacher-Scholar model of graduate education, this URC 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 up to $7,500 is available to each applicant. Stipend support of up to $6,500 will be provided to the graduate student plus up to $1,000 for research costs payable to the department. Applications will only be accepted through graduate programs. 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. Total Program Budget: $187,500; Up to 25 awards will be made. RFP Released: October 28, 2020.

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Due Date: 12/15/2020

Amount: $10,000

Office of Research Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Advancement Program Award

Expanding upon previous investments in arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS), the Office of Research seeks to incentivize novel research, exceptional scholarship, and the production of creative and performing art works that address issues of increasing societal significance. This program will follow a one-stage, full proposal/application process. This program is open to UC faculty whose proposed activities fall within the areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Application budget limit: $10,000. Total Program Budget: $100,000; Up to 10 awards will be made. RFP Released: October 28, 2020.

Due Date: 11/23/2020

Amount: $25,000

University Research Council (URC) Faculty Scholars Award (NEW)

Building upon the rich legacy of the URC, UC’s oldest and most prestigious internal funding program, the URC Faculty Scholars Research Awards are meant to recognize promising UC junior faculty who are proposing transformative ideas that will shape our future. This program will follow a two-stage application/evaluation process. The first stage involves submission of a 3-page concept paper. Up to five finalists in each area will then be invited to submit a full proposal and agree to a 10-minute presentation/Q&A to discuss their proposed activities. This program is for tenure-track UC faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure. Awards will be $25,000 in essentially unrestricted funds. Total Program Budget: $200,000; 8 awards will be made. RFP released October 28, 2020

There will be an informational session (via Zoom) about this grant program on November 5, 2020 at 12pm. Please click here to register.

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