The University of Arizona

Postdoctoral Research Development Grants

Award Cycle: Annual 
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may apply for one PRDG per cycle and may be awarded only one PRDG while a postdoctoral scholar at UA. 
Next Due Date: March 27, 2019, 5pm MST 
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2019 
Award Period: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Applications: Opens January 23, 2019; Accepted through UA Competition Space

Description: The Postdoctoral Research Development Grant (PRDG) was established to support University of Arizona (UA) postdoctoral scholars in the development of their independent research skills to advance their careers. These grants are specifically designed to help promote independence of postdoctoral scholars by providing funds for additional research training or experience that is outside the scope of their current postdoctoral appointments.

The following are examples of activities that are allowable for support under the PDRG mechanism:

  • Funds to attend a professional development workshop or webinar to gain additional research training not available on campus
  • Funds to travel to another institution to learn a new research technique or approach
  • Funds for a small, independent research project not supported or associated with that of the primary postdoctoral mentor

Expected Outcomes: Award recipients must provide a summary (250 word maximum) of their accomplishments associated with the PRDG funding. This will be due no more than three months after the training/project is completed.

This is a stand-alone solicitation, the RDI Proposal Preparation Guide does not apply to this opportunity.

Solicitation Requirements:

1. Eligibility: Applicants must (a) be no more than five years since earning a doctoral degree, (b) have a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRA) appointment or other acceptable position at the UA at the time the application is submitted, and (c) have been a postdoctoral scholar at the UA for at least 6 months at the time funding would begin (July 1, 2019).

[For postdoctoral scholars who do not hold a PRA appointment, please inquire about eligibility before submitting materials by emailing]

2. Review Criteria: Reviews will be based on:

  • Overall merit of the proposal for advancing the applicant’s research skills, independence, and career goals
  • Letter of support from the primary mentor

Note that proposals should be written for a general audience. Avoid use of technical language when possible so that reviewers from a broad range of disciplines can understand the content.

3. Application:

  • Narrative: 500 word maximum, that explains:
  • The proposed research training or project (nature, duration, logistics, etc.) that the funds will be used to support (Note that this should be written for a general audience, as the reviewers of the proposal will represent a diverse range of disciplines);
  • How the research training or project will enhance your research skills;
  • How the research training or project will enhance your independence;
  • How successful completion of the research training or project will advance your career.
  • Biosketch: use NSF, NIH, or agency style suitable to your area of research
  • Letter of support from applicant’s primary UA postdoctoral mentor. The letter must include a statement that the applicant’s appointment will extend into the next year and a statement that the proposed project/activity does not overlap with the mentor’s research.
  • Budget (up to $2,000 request) and budget justification for items such as:
    • Workshop registration fee
    • Travel expenses (airfare, lodging, meals)
    • Software or hardware
    • Short-term hourly student wages
    • Participant fees
    • Supplies
    • Note that the budget may be adjusted based on the evaluation and availability of funds. Funds will not be provided for expenses that are associated with the mentor’s research.


Posted January 22, 2019