Office of the Vice President for Research (and Reporting Units)

Executive Vice President & Provost's Office


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Office of the Vice President for Research (and Reporting Units)


University buildingInternal Funding Initiatives (IFI)
The IFI programs support work that enhances the competitiveness of applications for external funding, assists in developing new initiatives, and/or supports new directions in scholarly/creative activity.

Biosciences Initiative (BSI) Start-Up Funding
Funding is available to departments in the biosciences to supplement existing collegiate/departmental funds to create competitive start-up packages for new faculty hires.

Bridging Funds
Bridging funding is available on a competitive basis from the from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)in instances where an external research grant has expired but where renewal of funding is expected in the near future. The funds are used to bridge the funding gap until new grant funds are obtained.

Creative Scholarship Book Subventions
The Office of the Vice President for Research accepts requests for subventions to cover a portion of the costs to publish scholarly books, especially for items essential to the production of the book such as obligatory press subsidies or permissions.

Equipment Cost-Sharing
If a granting agency requires or "strongly encourages" equipment cost sharing, you may request these funds from the UI Vice President for Research. Each request is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Obermann Center programs
The Obermann Center helps nurture and expand projects. The Center offers various grant programs to fund projects at critical stages of development, to identify collaborators or consortial partners, to help in pursuing University or external grants, and to accommodate funded projects. Click here for details.

Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) grant programs

Deadline for CHEEC seed grant research proposals is November 10.

Faculty, staff and students of public or private colleges or universities in Iowa, and researchers and educators affiliated with Iowa state agencies may apply for seed grants from the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. The application deadline is November 10.
Funding emphasis is on original pilot studies leading to innovative lines of environmental and public health research. The program seeks to fulfill education and research missions of Iowa colleges and universities by involving students in research activities.  
Up to $150,000 total is available for research projects for the current grant cycle, with maximum individual awards of $30,000. The awards cover one year.

For more information visit or contact Peter Weyer at 319-335-4014 or



Executive Vice President and Provost's Office


The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost offers the following opportunities:

Annual Award

  • The Provost's Global Forum is the premier annual event on campus focused on international and global issues.  The Forum brings together experts from the faculty and leading voices from a variety of areas (business, technology, education, politics) to raise awareness about and contribute to debate on the foremost issues in globalization that face us today.

Please visit the IP website for information and guidelines.  For further questions regarding this award, contact: Sonia Ryang ( / 335-1438), Director of Academic Programs.

Faculty Development Awards

  • Career Development Awards are the heart of the University's Faculty Development Awards Program. This is a competitive program designed to encourage scientific inquiry, research, artistic creation, clinical/technical expertise, and innovation in teaching. The award usually takes the form of a single semester of paid leave.
  • Old Gold Summer Fellowships provide faculty on nine-month appointments with funding for summer work on an approved developmental project.
  • Faculty Fellowships - Named in honor of distinguished UI faculty, these fellowships provide an opportunity for other scholars to contribute to the fields of study in which these distinguished faculty are most clearly recognized. There are two awards, the May Brodbeck Humanities Fellowship and the James Van Allen Natural Science Fellowship, awarded in alternate years.
  • The Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy are given annually and honor University of Iowa administrators and staff who support undergraduate education and serve as strong, effective advocates for undergraduate students and the undergraduate experience.

For complete details including deadlines, please see the Faculty Handbook or contact Sue Moore ( the Office of the Provost.



Other University of Iowa Funding Opportunities


Academic Technologies Advisory Council (ATAC) Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards (ITTA)
Proposals to the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards will be accepted September 18, 2013 through October 17, 2013. Projects involving collaborative learning and student use of emerging technologies are encouraged, and projects should be new to the UI.
To learn more about this award program including the guidelines for submitting a proposal and past award winners, visit

Chief Diversity Office
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity in the Chief Diversity Office is accepting proposals for the Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant. The Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant supports new projects and programs that enhance the diversity goals as stated in Renewing the Iowa Promise: “Great Opportunities – Bold Expectations” The strategic plan for The University of Iowa, 2010-2016. Proposals should advance cross-cultural understanding, strengthen positive inter-group relations and promote a welcoming learning environment.
Applicants must be currently enrolled at or employed by the University of Iowa. All proposed projects and programs must be new initiatives. Funds may not be used to support ongoing projects and programs. We anticipate awarding up to five (5) Seed Grants with a maximum of $1000 each. Proposals are due October 14, 2013.  For rules and application materials, please visit the Diversity Office's website.  For more information, contact Kendra Malone, Chief Diversity Office, (319) 353-2388. (319) 335 -0697 (TDD).

International Programs
International Programs (IP) connects UI students, faculty, staff, and the general public to the world. Our major and certificates we offer in collaboration with CLAS and other UI colleges, as well as our scholarships and programming, offer remarkable opportunities on campus and abroad, generate intellectual excitement, heighten cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. 

IP Faculty Grants (Please direct questions to

  • Summer Research Fellowships: The International Programs Summer Research Fellowship is a developmental award designed to promote the internationalization of research on campus. The strongest proposals will demonstrate genuine engagement with international issues, whether aesthetic, cultural, historical, political, or global. While such projects will typically involve work at an international location, travel abroad is not required. Each $3,000 summer fellowship is expected to result in at least one publication, exhibit, or performance.  Deadline: October 31, 2014.
  • Major Project Awards: Through the generous support of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, International Programs' Major Projects Award promotes important contributions to scholarly debates and exchanges on international topics, issues, discoveries, and arts. Proposals for events that will take place on The University of Iowa campus and that will enhance international knowledge and understanding for University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students are therefore especially welcome. The Major Projects Award encourages activities or endeavors on a broad scale. These may take the form of collaborations, symposia, conferences, lecture series, artistic exhibitions, and performance events.  Deadline: November 14, 2014.
  • Strategic Global Initiatives Award: Under co-sponsorship of OVPRED and International Programs, the Strategic Global Initiatives Award (sgIA) supports the creation of new global collaborations opening new areas of research or new research directions that lead to technology transfer and commercialization. The ideal proposal will triangulate UI faculty, international faculty or facilities at a university abroad, and a governmental agency and/or commercial or industrial entity. Immediate outcomes will be a MOU or MOA that provides a clear framework for new or ongoing collaboration and deliverables. The award will not support pilot studies or the incremental advancement of primary research. Support for new or existing degree programs, or other collegiate or cross-collegiate initiatives in support of the curriculum or outreach, may be a secondary benefit from the project but are not core objectives. For updated submission information, please visit the OVPRED Internal Funding Initiatives website.


John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center sponsors several business competitions throughout the year for faculty, staff, and students.

The Council on Teaching
Charge to the Council on Teaching: (a) Provide a forum for discussion of present and future needs in the area of teaching and recommend programs for meeting these needs; (b) Seek, evaluate, select candidates, and establish guidelines for University-wide teaching awards; (c) Advise on development of proposals for outside funding to support curricular development, equipment for teaching, and any other proposals related to the teaching and learning effort of the University; (d) Advise with respect to the policies, priorities, and procedures; and (e) Serve in an advisory and oversight capacity for the Center for Teaching.

  • Instructional Improvement Awards  The Council on Teaching is now accepting applications for Instructional Improvement Awards.  These awards provide funding (up to $5,000) to support instructional initiatives that will make exceptional and specific contributions to learning.  Anyone directly involved with student instruction is encouraged to apply for funding.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Iowa has the widest range of expertise in the state. Multidisciplinary teams of specialists review your case. Consider every option. And offer the country's most innovative solutions.  Please visit the Cancer Center's website for a comprehensive listing of internal funding opportunities.

Linda and Richard Kerber Fund for Research in the Iowa Women's Archives
In honor of Linda and Richard Kerber’s life-long support for scholarship in the history of women, the Iowa Women’s Archives (University of Iowa Libraries) announces a grant of $1000 to fund travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to conduct research in the Iowa Women’s Archives.  We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including academic and public historians, graduate students, and independent researchers and writers, although preference will be given to graduate students. The grant is intended to offset travel and lodging expenses of researchers whose work will benefit from using collections in the archives.  Proposals must be postmarked by April 15, 2014

Please contact Cheryl Ridgeway, 384-3332, in the Office of the Vice President for Research if your department has internal funding opportunities to advertise on this page.