Intramural Funding Opportunities

Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF)
Deadline: January 15, 2019

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) provides support to faculty and core facilities for new equipment purchases and to replace or upgrade existing research instruments. Funding comes from the University’s indirect cost reimbursements. Equipment purchased with central funds is meant to be shared as broadly as possible.


The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Utah and to recognized University of Utah core facilities.  There are separate applications available for Faculty and Core Facilities. Please make sure you choose the correct application. Only core facility directors should initiate core equipment requests.

The grant period is for one year only and funds must be expended within that year. Only in unusual circumstances will a written request for an extension be considered. If awarded, please identify the PI on any/all requisitions. 

Matching Funds

Matching funds are required for an application to be considered for a RIF award, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Matching funds are an indicator of support and demonstrate the importance of the acquisition to those supporting the application. The amount and sources for the matching funds will be important in the evaluation and prioritization of a RIF request.  Unless there are documented exceptional circumstances, a minimum of 30% in matching funds is requested.

We highly encourage faculty and cores to seek the best price for equipment, and to provide documentation of this negotiation as support for their application.  Such discounts will be considered in the evaluation of the RIF application. Manufacture discounts and in-kind donations, however, are not considered matching funds.

CORE and Faculty applications for the Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) competition are available on InfoReadyFor more information about the Research Instrumentation Fund please visit the VPR website.

Community- Based Research Program
Deadline: February 15, 2019

The Community-Based Research (CBR) Grant Program encourages collaborative research that involves both University and local, regional and/or statewide community partners.  This program is intended to promote scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge from existing University-community partnerships with the intent that they produce scholarly articles and/or demonstrate significant potential to receive extramural funding. The award is available to faculty in all disciplines and will provide up to $20,000 in funding.


Career-line and Tenure-line faculty with a minimum of two years at the University who hold at least a 0.75 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.

An applicant is limited to one application per cycle, whether individually or in combination with others. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure collaborators do not have competing interests. In the case where an application is funded, the applicant is not eligible to compete in future CBR grant cycles for three years from the activation date of the successful proposal.

If an application has been turned down by the review panel, the applicant is allowed one re-submission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must indicate changes from the previous proposal and respond to reviewer comments in a point-by-point fashion.

For more information of the Community-Based Research Program please visit the Community Based Research Program page. Applications for the Community-Based Research Program are due on InfoReady 

Faculty Scholarly Grant Program
Deadline: February 15, 2019

Formerly known as the Faculty Research and Creative Grants (FRCG), the Faculty Scholarly Grant Program (FSGP) seeks to support significant research and creative scholarly projects in colleges where extramural funding is difficult to obtain. This program will provide faculty with grants up to $6,000 for a period of two years to support scholarly projects and publications. In exceptional circumstances the committee may elect to support an outstanding proposal at a higher level of funding. Proposals are evaluated on their significance, soundness, competence and merits.

Eligibility Criteria

Faculty who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply. Recipients of University Research Committee (URC) grants must submit a final report and close out any remaining URC funds before they are eligible to reapply for the program. If an application has been turned down by the committee, the PI is allowed one resubmission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must include a description of all changes made to the original proposal in a point-by-point fashion.

For more information please visit the Faculty Scholalry Grant Program page on the VPR website. All applications for this program are due on Erica.

Please note that Department Chairs must approve submitted applications on Erica by the posted deadline, February 15, 2019.

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