Research Resources

Funding Opportunities Calendar*

Ordered by Deadlines Beginning with the Start of the Academic Year

*Note: This list is not intended to be all inclusive. Rather, it serves to highlight some grants, fellowships, and awards for which CDes faculty and staff may apply.

AUGUST

Office of International Programs - Faculty Travel Grants
International Travel Grants are funded by the University of Minnesota central administration to support the internationalization of the University on all campuses through research, teaching, and outreach.  

Please note: In an effort to reach new faculty and staff and to provide grants in amounts that are impactful, priority will be given to those who have never received travel grant funding from the GPS Alliance.

Deadlines: August, December, March

SEPTEMBER

Grants-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship 
Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution. Note that these funds are used to support independent research. In most cases grants are not meant to provide sole support for research activities, but instead to act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding.

Deadlines: September , February, and June

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

IAS-Faculty Residential Fellows
Each year up to twelve University of Minnesota faculty members are selected as Residential Fellows. Fellows are released from all teaching obligations during the tenure of their fellowships and are in residence at our offices in Northrop, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

You are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP awards fund students to do research and creative activities with faculty members for at least an initial period. The UROP Office maintains a listing of research and creative activity opportunities for undergraduates. You are invited to contact Marvin Marshak or Vicky Munro or call 612-625-3853 for more information.

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DECEMBER

Imagine Fund - Annual Faculty Awards   
The Imagine Fund Annual Faculty Awards support leading-edge, innovative lines of research or scholarship that may not otherwise be possible. Awards often leverage investments and funds from other sources in support of projects in arts, humanities, and design. The number of awards given varies by year but for the 2015-2016 academic year, a maximum of 120 awards, each up to $5,000, will be given.

Office of International Programs - Faculty Travel Grants

International Travel Grants are funded by the University of Minnesota central administration to support the internationalization of the University on all campuses through research, teaching, and outreach.  

Please note: In an effort to reach new faculty and staff and to provide grants in amounts that are impactful, priority will be given to those who have never received travel grant funding from the GPS Alliance.

Deadlines: August, December, March

JANUARY/FEBRUARY

 

 

 

Grants-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship

Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution. Note that these funds are used to support independent research. In most cases grants are not meant to provide sole support for research activities, but instead to act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding.

Deadlines: September , February, and June

 

Imagine Fund

E-Applications available for Spring Grants

 

Institute for Advanced Studies – Research and Creative Collaboratives

Each year, the Institute supports a limited number of research/creative collaboratives. These collaboratives promote synergistic interdisciplinary activity difficult within departmental structures. Collaborative activities vary: some collaboratives meet regularly for works-in-progress discussions or public workshops and other programs, others work together on projects.

 


OED Grants Program-Multicultural Research Awards

The Institute on Diversity, Equity and Advocacy, IDEA, invites proposals for research that addresses issues related to its mission “to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship and teaching that addresses urgent social issues.”  

 

 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

You are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP awards fund students to do research and creative activities with faculty members for at least an initial period. The UROP Office maintains a listing of research and creative activity opportunities for undergraduates. You are invited to contact Marvin Marshak or Vicky Munro or call 612-625-3853 for more information.

 

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MARCH

Office of International Programs - Faculty Travel Grants

International Travel Grants are funded by the University of Minnesota central administration to support the internationalization of the University on all campuses through research, teaching, and outreach.   

Please note: In an effort to reach new faculty and staff and to provide grants in amounts that are impactful, priority will be given to those who have never received travel grant funding from the GPS Alliance.

CURA - Faculty Interactive Research Program
This program is intended to encourage University faculty to carry out research projects that involve significant issues of public policy for the state and that include interaction with community groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota. Awards cover the faculty member’s salary for the summer, plus a research assistant for one year


CURA - Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs   
The endowment is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research and teaching through the appointment of distinguished, broadly learned scholars to endowed faculty positions at the University of Minnesota.

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APRIL/MAY

Digital Technology Center – Initiative Seed Grants

Grants are intended to promote and foster DTC interdisciplinary and interdepartmental excellence in research. Proposals should document how the seed funds will facilitate larger efforts toward securing external funding on the proposed topics.

The DTI grant program requires that each proposal team include at least one DTC-associated faculty member, not necessarily as the PI. By accepting an award, investigators agree to seek follow-on DTC support from external sources and that all follow-on grants will be submitted through DTC administration.

Imagine Fund – Special Events Grant Program
The annual Special Events grant program seeks to support new and ongoing activities at the University of Minnesota that promote profound understanding of the human condition, excellence, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary dialogue, and greater public engagement with the University.  Generally, grants range between $5,000-$10,000, but proposals beyond that range which represent exceptional opportunities--in terms of ideas, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, public engagement, and conscientious planning--will be considered by the committee.

OED Grants Program

Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED)-The Institute on Diversity, Equity and Advocacy, IDEA, invites proposals for research that addresses issues related to its mission “to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship and teaching that addresses urgent social issues.”  

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

You are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP awards fund students to do research and creative activities with faculty members for at least an initial period. The UROP Office maintains a listing of research and creative activity opportunities for undergraduates. You are invited to contact Marvin Marshak or Vicky Munro or call 612-625-3853 for more information.

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JUNE

Grant in Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship

Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution. Note that these funds are used to support independent research. In most cases grants are not meant to provide sole support for research activities, but instead to act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding.

Deadlines: September , February, and June

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ONGOING

Institute for Global Studies-Research Initiatives

The institute for Global Studies supports and sponsors a limited number of research initiatives and scholarly events. Typically, they support faculty driven research interventions on inter-and cross-disciplinary themes and topics that have significant international content and that allow faculty members from a variety of departments to come together to explore scholarly collaborations..

Institute on Environment (IonE)-Resident Fellowships, Project Grants, and Mini Grants

Institute Fellowships-This program provides flexible funds for scholars to engage in innovative research and problem solving and pursue leadership training. Resident fellowships are open to faculty on all University of Minnesota campuses.

Project Grants-IonE Project Grants (formerly known as Discovery Grants) help highly innovative, world-class research activities get off the ground with a one-time investment of venture capital funding. We look for projects that will make a transformative difference in interdisciplinary research and discovery.

Mini Grants-IonE Mini grants help spur new collaborations by providing small amounts of funding (from $500 to $3000 with average grants of $1500), administrative support (including organizing and staffing meetings) and space (for meetings, small conferences, new courses, reading groups, etc.) to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, and students from across the University of Minnesota system. The grants are meant to encourage collaboration across disciplines, units, and campuses.

Consortium for the Studies of the Asias

The Institute for Global Studies supports and sponsors a limited number of research initiatives and scholarly events. Typically, we support faculty driven research interventions on inter- and cross-disciplinary themes and topics that have significant international content and that allow faculty members from a variety of departments to come together to explore scholarly collaborations. These projects serve to foster and facilitate intellectual community building among faculty members and aim at exploring, formulating, and consolidating research projects to prepare them for external funding requests.

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