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Internal Grant Competitions

The Office of the Provost oversees several internal funding programs.  Information about them, including eligibility requirements, guidelines for submitting proposals and lists of previous years’ recipients, is found here.  If you have any questions about these programs, please contact

Discovery Grant Program

The Discovery Grant (DG) program was initiated in 1998 by the Provost’s Office and occurs annually.  The PI must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in a University Central school or college.  For 2015-16, this includes tenured or tenure-track faculty in the five Basic Science departments:  Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, and Pharmacology, although all faculty are eligible to participate in a proposal.  The Call for Proposals is issued in early Fall, and the program specifically focuses on providing seed funding for research, to increase its potential to attract external funding.

Research Scholar Grants Program

The Research Scholar Grants (RSG) program is complementary to the Discovery Grants program and is designed to provide comparable internal funding for research that is unlikely to have extramural funding options available.  Like the DG program, the PI must hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in a University Central school or college (including the five Basic Science departments).