Funding Sources & Opportunities
4.1 University Intramural Support for Research
There are several sources of research funding within the University that comprise the Intramural Funding Programs.
The Research Instrumentation Fund is to be used for equipment purchases only. Funds can be requested to support the replacement/upgrade of, or new purchase of major sophisticated research instruments. Criteria used to evaluate proposals include likely impact of funding on scholarship productivity, enhanced competitiveness to result from an award, increased extramural funding to result from an award, and other factors which demonstrate benefit to the University. Preference is given to multi-user infrastructure instrumentation.
There are several sources of support for faculty research and scholarly projects available from University resources. The University Research Committee (URC) administers funds for the following programs:
The Faculty Research and Creative Grants Program supports significant scholarly and creative research projects, particularly in the School of Business, Colleges of Architecture and Planning, Education, Fine Arts, Health, Humanities, Law, Social and Behavioral Science, and the Graduate School of Social Work, where extramural funding is difficult to obtain.
The Faculty Fellow Awards are available to tenure track faculty in all disciplines to provide a semester of release time on full salary for scholarly pursuits of research or creative projects.
Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Awards are given to outstanding tenure track faculty members from all disciplines that have distinguished themselves and the University by having made significant scholarly contributions in their fields.
Since the University accepts Federal funding, it is required to follow Federal rules, guidelines and procedures when administering grants, contracts, cooperative agreements and other agreements. Generally,
The Engine Funding Program program, formerly known as the TCP program is funded by the University of Utah Research Foundation to further develop novel technologies that are near-commercialization. This program will support research/development in all areas of technology including medical devices, biomaterials, drug design and development, immunodiagnostics, electronics, software, communications, engineering, etc. The goal for each funded TCP is to have the technology ready for licensing to a company for commercialization by the end of the two year funding period.
The Technology Ventures and Commercialization Office also solicits applications for the following start-up funding programs available through the University:
Federal grants, such as those available through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Strategic Technology Transfer (STTR) programs offer significant funds for early-stage companies to assist with development research. These grants are extremely attractive because unlike loans they do not bear interest or require payback, and unlike equity they do not require the founders to give up ownership. The disadvantage of SBIR/STTR grants is the uncertainty of funding given the competitive nature of the federal award process and the relatively long amount of time from grant submittal to approval.
The Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program is designed to support new areas of research that can lead to extramural funding of new research. The emphasis of the program is on developing new research directions that can produce new funding opportunities from major sponsors of research.