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Office of the Provost

Funding Opportunities

Bridging Fellowships

The Bridging Fellowship program is a University-wide effort to support members of the University faculties in interdisciplinary study. Specifically, the program releases members from departmental obligations for one semester to allow them to move to another part of the University for the purpose of learning aspects of another discipline. The distinctive feature of Bridging Fellowships is that they are for study in an area that is peripheral to the fellow’s central professional concern, and they permit the acquisition of knowledge and methods in a different field. These fellowships are thus distinct from academic leaves, and holding a Bridging Fellowship does not affect subsequent consideration for such leaves.

Technology Development Fund

The Technology Development Fund exists to support researchers as they develop their innovations to get them ready for the marketplace. Awards range from $40,000 to $100,000 to support projects of approximately one year in duration.

University Research Awards

Originally called Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards, the University Research Awards (URA) are funded $500,000 every year by the president and as match by the schools for a total of $1,000,000 annually. Applications are sought from faculty across the University, and funding is awarded to recipients who demonstrate their projects favor new research with a high probability of being leveraged by future external funding. 

Furth Fund

The Valerie and Frank Furth Fund provides awards to help foster the development of promising scientists in the natural and biological sciences. The Fund was created to provide early career scientists with $10,000 in research funds. These funds are used to promote the research activities of the faculty member, which may include the purchase of new equipment or support for graduate students or postdocs.

W.M. Keck Foundation

The W.M. Keck Foundation supports “pioneering discoveries in science, engineering, and medical research that fall outside the mission of NIH, NSF and other public funding agencies.” The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact.

Limited Submission Opportunities

Some research sponsors limit the number of nominations or proposals that the University may submit to a particular program. The guidelines for these programs require the University to screen applications to determine which applications will be submitted. The Office for Research Project Administration assists in the application process for these programs.

Falling Walls Competition

The University invites its young researchers, scholars and entrepreneurs to summarize their ground breaking ideas in three minutes, at a competition to determine who will qualify for the annual Falling Walls conference in Berlin, Germany.