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.
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.