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: 10/13/2022

Amount: $5,000

SRIDE Fellowship for Discovery (Undergraduates) for Spring Semester 2023

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 $5,000 SRIDE Fellowship for Discovery is for undergraduates with 2-3 years remaining in their academic degree program. Undergraduates of all majors are eligible and encouraged to apply for this Fellowship. 

Awards: Overall funding is available to support up to six $5,000 fellowships each academic semester.

Key Dates
RFA released August 25, 2022
Application Deadline: October 13, 2022, 5:00 pm Eastern
Fellows Announced: Week of October 31, 2022 (anticipated)
Fellowship Project Period: 2023 Spring Semester (January 9, 2023 – April 27, 2023)
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Due Date: 11/09/2022

Amount: N/A

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

The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research are pleased to announce the 2022-2023 RFP for the University Research Council (URC) Graduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Program for Faculty—Student Collaboration.

The URC funding program is UC’s oldest and most prestigious internal funding mechanism. Since 1971, the URC has worked in partnership with the Vice President for Research to advance high-potential research, scholarship and creative work, including that conducted by our graduate students. 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.

Funding is available to support up to 6-7 awards in the Behavioral & Social Sciences.

KEY DATES
RFP released August 25, 2022
Proposal Deadline: November 09, 2022, 5:00 pm Eastern
Awardees Announced: Week of January 30th, 2023 (anticipated)
Fellowship Project Period: Summer 2023 semester (May 8, 2023 – August 5, 2023)
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Due Date: 11/09/2022

Amount: N/A

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

The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research are pleased to announce the 2022-2023 RFP for the University Research Council (URC) Graduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Program for Faculty—Student Collaboration.

The URC funding program is UC’s oldest and most prestigious internal funding mechanism. Since 1971, the URC has worked in partnership with the Vice President for Research to advance high-potential research, scholarship and creative work, including that conducted by our graduate students. 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.

Funding is available to support up to 6-7 awards in the Physical Sciences and Engineering.

KEY DATES
RFP released August 25, 2022
Proposal Deadline: November 09, 2022, 5:00 pm Eastern
Awardees Announced: Week of January 30th, 2023 (anticipated)
Fellowship Project Period: Summer 2023 semester (May 8, 2023 – August 5, 2023)
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Due Date: 11/09/2022

Amount: N/A

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

The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research are pleased to announce the 2022-2023 RFP for the University Research Council (URC) Graduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Program for Faculty—Student Collaboration.

The URC funding program is UC’s oldest and most prestigious internal funding mechanism. Since 1971, the URC has worked in partnership with the Vice President for Research to advance high-potential research, scholarship and creative work, including that conducted by our graduate students. 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.

Funding is available to support up to 6-7 awards in the Life Sciences.

KEY DATES
RFP released August 25, 2022
Proposal Deadline: November 09, 2022, 5:00 pm Eastern
Awardees Announced: Week of January 30th, 2023 (anticipated)
Fellowship Project Period: Summer 2023 semester (May 8, 2023 – August 5, 2023)
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Due Date: 11/09/2022

Amount: N/A

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

The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research are pleased to announce the 2022-2023 RFP for the University Research Council (URC) Graduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Program for Faculty—Student Collaboration.

The URC funding program is UC’s oldest and most prestigious internal funding mechanism. Since 1971, the URC has worked in partnership with the Vice President for Research to advance high-potential research, scholarship and creative work, including that conducted by our graduate students. 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.

Funding is available to support up to 6-7 awards in the Arts & Humanities.

KEY DATES
RFP released August 25, 2022
Proposal Deadline: November 09, 2022, 5:00 pm Eastern
Awardees Announced: Week of January 30th, 2023 (anticipated)
Fellowship Project Period: Summer 2023 semester (May 8, 2023 – August 5, 2023)
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Due Date: 11/10/2022

Amount: $25,000

University Research Council (URC) Faculty Scholars Research Awards

The Office of Research is pleased to share the 2022-2023 FOA for the URC Faculty Scholars Research 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 Scholars Research Awards are meant to recognize promising UC early career faculty who are proposing transformative ideas that will shape our future. This program is for individual faculty and may be discipline-focused or interdisciplinary in nature.

This program will follow a two-stage application/evaluation process. The first stage involves submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI). Up to fifteen finalists will then be invited to submit a full proposal and agree to a 15-minute presentation/Q&A to discuss their proposed activities.

A total of eight URC Faculty Scholars Research Awardees will be designated annually. Faculty across of all UC, whose research, scholarship and creative activities fall within the areas of Arts & Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Physical Science & Engineering, and the Life Sciences are encouraged to apply

Awards: All awards will be for $25,000 and for a period of 24 months. Budgets will only be required from awardees and will be created in collaboration with the Office of Research.

KEY DATES
FOA Released: August 25, 2022
LOI Due: November 10, 2022 by 5:00 pm Eastern
Finalists Notified: Week of December 8, 2022 (anticipated)
Final Proposal Deadline: January 17, 2023 by 5:00 pm EST (for finalists only)
Finalist Presentations: Week of January 30, 2023 (anticipated)
Awardees Announced: Week of March 6, 2023 (anticipated)
Award Project Period: May 2023 – April 2025
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Due Date: 11/10/2022

Amount: $25,000

Office of Research Collaborative Research Advancement Program: Pilot Grants

Consistent with Office of Research goals to spur interdisciplinary research and establish new partnerships within and beyond the institution, this program is designed to seed collaborative research endeavors to help develop research to the point where external funding can be obtained. The expected outcomes for this program: 1) Support interdisciplinary teams for achievement of greater success and prominence; 2) Advance high-potential, team research and creative activities in emergent areas; and 3) Increase teams’ competitiveness and capacity for major extramural awards and funding.  

This program follows a two-stage application/evaluation process. The first stage involves submission of a 2-page letter of interest (LOI). Up to fifteen finalists will then be invited to submit a full proposal and pitch at a pitch event that will be held from 10am-3pm on Monday, March 23, 2023. 

Awards: Up to eight $25,000 grants + up to two $25,000 space-specific grants 

IMPORTANT DATES 
LOI Due: November 10, 2022 by 5:00 pm EST 
Finalists Notified: December 8, 2022 (anticipated)  
Final Proposal Deadline: January 17, 2023 by 5:00 pm EST (for finalists only)  
Finalist Presentations: Week of January 30, 2023 (anticipated)  
Grantees Announced: Week of March 6, 2023 (anticipated)  
Grant Project Period: May 2023 – April 2025 
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Due Date: 01/26/2023

Amount: N/A

Office of Research Michelman Green, Clean and Sustainable Technology Research Innovation Program

Courtesy of the generous contributions of the Dr. John S. Michelman Fund for the Advancement of Sustainable Technology, the Office of Research is pleased to share the AY22-23 FOA for the Michelman Green, Clean and Sustainable Technology Research Innovation Program. This program supports applied R&D and use-inspired research with the potential to meaningfully contribute to improvements in environmental health, environmental stewardship and sustainability by demonstrating new and marketable scientific and technical (S&T) innovations intended to address real-world problems in the Green-tech and Clean-tech fields. 

This program will follow a one-stage, full proposal/application process. This program is open to UC faculty. Research teams may include additional researchers from beyond UC but funds cannot support personnel at any outside organizations or partners. Multi-disciplinary teams with expertise in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science are strongly encouraged to consider this funding opportunity.  

Grants: Single Investigator applicants may receive up to $35,000, and multi-investigator* teams may receive up to $80,000 for these projects. The project period will be for 24 months. Budgets will only be required from grantees and will be created in collaboration with the Office of Research. Final budget award amounts will be consistent with the scope of the proposed activities. These funds are intended to accelerate applied research and development activities that can be externally sponsored. The Office of Research is dedicating up to $200,000 for this offering. 

KEY DATES 
FOA released August 25, 2022 
Proposal Deadline: January 26, 2023, 5:00 pm EST 
Grantees Announced: Week of March 13, 2023 (anticipated) 
Project Period: May 2023 – April 2025 
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Due Date: 01/01/2030

Amount: N/A

Office of Research Digital Futures/Space Research Institute for Discovery and Exploration Core Facilities Support Program

As part of UC’s Research2030 investments in infrastructure and growing our research impact, we seek to support and enhance our research community whose activities are aligned with the focus of UC’s Space Research Institute for Discovery and Exploration (SRIDE). UC has unique research facilities and research technology teams located in the new Digital Futures Interdisciplinary Research Building. The goal of this new funding support mechanism is to enable investigators whose research interests are aligned with SRIDE to use these Office of Research – Research Technologies Core facilities to obtain critical data for submission of a competitive extramural proposal, patent application, commercialization agreement, or peer-reviewed manuscript. Applicants may request SRIDE support for projects that require one or more of these Research Technologies Core Facilities.

Participating Research Technologies Core Facilities include: 

The UC Advanced Research Computing Center
Purpose: To assist the researcher performing artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics/science and modeling and simulation research and research data management including storage, transfer, collaboration and sharing of data. 

Contact: Jane Combs, 513-556-0874, combsje@ucmail.uc.edu 

The UC Center for Simulations and Virtual Environments Research

Purpose: To assist the researcher in solving urgent real-world problems in safe virtual spaces by developing novel spatial and immersive technology applications, including augmented and virtual reality applications and computer simulations that utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning, environmental scanning, photogrammetry, biometric data, and biomechanical motion capture.

Contact: Chris Collins, 513-558-3018, collicn@ucmail.uc.edu

Note: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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Due Date: 01/01/2030

Amount: N/A

UC Research Conference Internal Funding Program

The UC Research Conference Internal Funding Program provides supplemental support to UC researchers who wish to host national research conferences, focused symposia, or other forms of convenings around strategic research areas at UC. The event must be held at UC or in Cincinnati to be eligible for support. This funding program is intended to enhance our faculty’s ability to bring together researchers, community members, practitioners, policymakers, and other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help to build upon and advance research at UC. 

A maximum of $5000 may be requested.

Past Opportunities

Due Date: 04/15/2022

Amount: $24,000

SRIDE Fellowship for Exploration - Graduate Students '22

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 
02/15/22 RFA Released 
02/15/22 Application Portal Open 
04/01/22 Application Due by 5 pm Eastern - extended deadline to [04/15/22]
04/25/22 Awardees Announced (anticipated) 
08/15/22 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: 04/11/2022

Amount: $15,000

University Research Council (URC) Faculty Research Pivot Awards '22

The Office of Research is pleased to share the 2022 FOA for the 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 Grants 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 Letter of Intent (LOI). Up to 10 finalists will then be invited to submit a full proposal and agree to a 15-minute presentation/Q&A to discuss their proposed activities.

 

Grants: All grants will be for $15,000 and for a period of 18 months. Funds are expected to support the proposed activities and can include course relief, as necessary. Budgets will only be required from grantees and will be created in collaboration with the Office of Research. Up to five grants will be supported by 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 a grant.

 

KEY DATES

03/10/22 FOA released

04/11/22, 5:00 pm EST LOI Deadline

05/04/22 Finalists Notified (anticipated)

05/30/22, 5:00 pm EST Final Proposal Deadline (for finalists only)

06/03/22 Finalist Presentations: Week of June 3, 2022 (anticipated)

06/27/22 Grantees Announced: Week of June 27 2022 (anticipated)

08/01/22 - 01/31/24 Grant Project Period: August 1, 2022 – January 31, 2024

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Due Date: 02/23/2022

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 February 23, 2022.  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, 2022 with the initial impact on the core facility.  A more detailed report will be due June 30, 2023 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: 12/16/2021

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, 2021

KEY DATES 
RFP Released: 10/28/21 
Proposals Due: 12/15/21 by 11:59PM EST 
Review Period: 12/20 - 2/21/22  
Finalists Notified: 3/1/22  
Awardees Announced: 03/21/22  
Program Start Date: 05/10/22  

Due Date: 12/15/2021

Amount: N/A

Community Change Collaborative Grants - 2021 Theme: Equitable Cities

The Community Change Collaborative 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 year’s 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.

RFP Opens: 10/28/21
Proposals Due: 12/15/21 (5pm EST)
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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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