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RDI Research Advancement Grant Program

RDI is pleased to announce a newly revised Research Advancement Grant program to support proposal development and to enhance competitive success for external funding.

Through the Research Advancement Grant program, RDI supports all levels of staged research development by providing a pathway to success for interdisciplinary research:

  • from one-time support to jump start worthwhile projects for early career individuals,
  • to the generation and nurturing of new ideas,
  • to creating new interdisciplinary teams by broadening partnerships, expanding current efforts into larger transdisciplinary projects and teams, and
  • augmenting scientific capacity with the acquisition of equipment to accelerate project competitiveness prior to proposal submission.

Research Advancement Grant Categories

Category 1:


From Idea to Targeted Research
Support for early career faculty, creating teams, broadening partnerships, and targeting interdisciplinary projects

Category 2:


Multi-layered Strategic Research
Support for transdisciplinary teams who are prepared to extend successfully funded research programs and wish to expand the research scope

Category 3:


Equipment Grants
Support to augment scientific capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators

RDI seeks grant submissions with clearly envisioned ideas involving interdisciplinary team building. There is a clear expectation that funding provided will be strategically leveraged to result in proposal submission that realizes additional external funding awards for the proposed idea.

As such, these awards are focused on the feasibility of the concept, assembly of compelling, qualified interdisciplinary investigator teams, identification of appropriate extramural funding targets, the quality of the proposal development plan and concrete activities and milestones that have high likelihood to result in future external funding success.  Proposals must align with university strategic priorities, RDI strategic planning sessions, and TRIF (Technology and Research Initiative Fund) research initiatives.  

Proposal Development Assistance

RDI provides substantial assistance in extramural proposal planning and development, including Research Development Services (RDS), Corporate Engagement Services, and engagement and consultation with philanthropic foundations and federal agencies. RDI strongly recommends that investigator teams work collaboratively with the pertinent RDI services staff to enhance the competitiveness and success of extramural proposals.

Wondering what has been funded?

Table of Internal Funding Opportunities

Title UA Entity Research Category Funding Type Deadline
Water Sustainability Program Graduate Fellowships
UA Water Network
Environmental Sciences
Fellowhsip
TBD
Research Professorships
SBSRI
Course Release
TBD
Regents' Professors
UA Provost
All
Honorific
N/A
Provost's Author Support Fund
UA Provost
All
Publication (≤$1.5K)
12/1/18
Professional Opportunities Development (POD) Funding
GPSC
All
Career Development (≤$1,000)
Multiple
Pre-doctoral Research Grants
SBSRI
Research (≤$500)
TBD
Photographic Arts Council-Los Angeles (PAC-LA) Research Fellowship
CCP
Arts & Humanities
Fellowship (≤$2.5K)
1/15/19
Norman Austin Outstanding M.A. Thesis Award
Humanities
Arts & Humanities
Award
N/A
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Fellowship (2 yrs support: stipend+tuition)
2/1, annually
Leveraging Grants
SBSRI
Seed (≤$1.5K)
Rolling
Sandra Rhead Jones Graduate Student Latin Teaching Award
Humanities
Arts & Humanities
Award
N/A
Steward Obervatory Prize Fellowship
Astronomy
Fellowship
N/A
Strittmatter Postdoctoral Fellowship
Astronomy
Fellowship
N/A
University Distinguished Professors
UA Provost
All
Award
N/A
University Distinguished Outreach Faculty
UA Provost
All
Award
N/A
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC)
Graduate College
All
Multiple
Multiple
Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP)
UA
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Multiple
2/1, annually
UAHS Career Development Award (UAHS-CDA)
UAHS
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Career Development (≤$75K)
TBD
UA/NASA Space Grant Program
AZ Space Grant
Environmental Sciences
Fellowship ($16K stipend+)
3/22/18
Todd Walker Research Fellowship
CCP
Arts & Humanities
Research (≤$3,500)
1/15/19

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