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Looking for internal research funding and resource information? The VPR Office can help.

A major part of any research undertaking is support via funding and/or program aid to get the study going. While it may seem a bit overwhelming to figure out how to find resources for your research, the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) has good news for you. The office manages a number of internal funding and award programs designed to pilot new research ideas or equipment; advance the scholarly and creative research profile of the university; promote a culture of scholarship and a sense of belonging across our global, national, and local communities; and recognize the outstanding achievements of research faculty across campus.

Let’s look at some of the internal funding programs and resources the VPR Office can help inform you about.

VPR Internal Funding Programs

Here is a list of all current VPR-sponsored funding and award programs. Click the links for more information on each funding and award program. Deadlines vary according to program type. Please check back regularly for updates.

Research Instrumentation Fund
Provides support to faculty and core facilities for necessary research instrumentation purchases and upgrades/replacements.

Faculty Small Grant Program
Provides small grants to support scholarly publications and creative research projects.

Research Incentive Seed Grant Program
Supports investigators in collecting preliminary data in new, innovative research areas that will be leveraged for extramural grant applications.

Faculty Fellow Awards
Provides faculty members one semester of full release time (from teaching and administrative tasks) at full salary for scholarly and creative research projects.

Distinguished Research Awards
Honors three UofU research faculty for their research achievements and the dedication to their research careers

Other Funding Resources

The VPR Office is also responsible for managing several internal and external funding resources and processes, such as managing the institutional selection process for limited submission opportunities and sharing resources for identifying external funding mechanisms.

Limited SubmissionsLimited Submission Opportunities (LSO) are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number applications submitted per institution. Researchers interested in submitting to a specific LSO must apply to an internal competition and be selected for full proposal submission to the opportunity’s sponsor. Internal competitions help verify the eligibility of an applicant and ensure that another application has not already been selected to submit to a specific limited submission opportunity.

Foundation-Sponsored Limited Submission Opportunities

The University of Utah Foundation Relations team manages several limited submission opportunities sponsored by various foundations each year. Foundations Limited Submissions are reviewed by a Foundations LSO Committee that selects applications most likely to perpetuate success for the University; assist the selected faculty member in advancing their research; and meet the goals and expectations of the sponsor.

External Funding Database (Pivot)

Pivot is a searchable database that offers a variety of valuable resources including funding and publishing opportunities, collaborator identification, scholarly profiles, and more.


For any questions regarding research funding and resource information, please visit our website or feel free to contact us via email.