The Office of Research is pleased to share the AY23-24 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 $20,000 and for a period of 24 months. Funds are expected to support the proposed activities and can include one-semester of course relief, as necessary to accomplish the goals of the project. 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.
FOA released January 11, 2024
LOI Deadline: March 6, 2024, 5:00 pm Eastern
Finalists Notified: Week of March 25, 2024 (anticipated)
Final Proposal Deadline: May 7, 2024, 5:00 pm Eastern (for finalists only)
Finalist Presentations: Week of May 20, 2024 (anticipated)
Grantees Announced: Week of June 17, 2024 (anticipated)
Grant Project Period: August 2024 – July 2026