The University of Arizona

Internal Funding

RII Research Advancement Grant Program

RII 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, RII 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.

RII 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.  

Proposal Development Assistance

RII 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. RII strongly recommends that investigator teams work collaboratively with the pertinent RII 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
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC)
Graduate College
Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP)
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
2/1, annually
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Fellowship (2 yrs support: stipend+tuition)
2/1, annually
Central Arizona Project Award for Water Research
UA Water Network
Environmental Sciences
First place ($1,000)
Second place ($500)
College of Science, Office of Undergraduate Research
College of Science
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Cynthia White Travel and Study in Italy Award
Arts & Humanities