Our team drives interdisciplinary collaboration through initiatives like Innovation Labs and Ideas Labs, uniting researchers across subjects. In addition, we spearhead internal funding programs, igniting research excellence within our campus, local communities, and beyond. Discover a wealth of resources to identify funding prospects, enhance grantsmanship prowess, and forge pivotal connections that bolster successful research proposals.

Growing Campus Connections

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Funding Opportunities

Ongoing Programs and Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

The RDO manages the Limited Submission Opportunities process for grant applications to funding agencies that restrict the number of submissions allowed from an institution. An internal selection process has been established to make sure that multiple applications to the limited program do not render each other ineligible by the sponsor.

Arts and Humanities Initiative

The RDO coordinates the Arts & Humanities Initiative (AHI), an internal funding program within the Office of the Vice President for Research that encourages leading edge scholarship, creative activities, and interdisciplinary research. 

The tentative deadline for Fall 2024 applications is Tuesday, October 22, 2024.

Past Programs and Opportunities

Seeding Excellence Initiative

The RDO's Seeding Excellence Initiative (SEI) aimed to sustain the continued growth of the campus research enterprise by providing competitive seed funding in four strategic areas: 1) community engaged research and scholarship, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), 3) early career scholars, and 4) interdisciplinary research. SEI was made possible through funding to RDO from the public-private partnership (P3) Year 1 funding cycle.

Jumpstarting Tomorrow

The RDO sought applications to seed interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research communities that advanced research, creative activities, and scholarship. Jumpstarting Tomorrow was a hybrid pilot grant/community-building program supporting innovative and collaborative teams that could become the vanguard for future strategic research investments by the university.

Upcoming Events

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Maximizing Pivot to Find Funding and Collaborators

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 1:00pm to 2:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Please note: this is an in-person meeting. Zoom option will not be available for this session. With questions, please contact vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu. Do you want to maximize your time spent searching for funding opportunities or potential project collaborators? Join us to learn how Pivot can save you time and effort in identifying the right funding opportunities for your research lines as well as identifying collaborators with the relevant expertise. Register here.
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Navigating the NSF MRI Program: Overview and Lessons Learned

Friday, July 19, 2024 11:00am to 12:00pm
This is an information and panel session to describe the NSF's Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. Event Information The Research Development Office is hosting a virtual information and panel session on Friday, July 19, from 11 a.m. to noon. Join us for an information session focused on NSF's MRI Program. During the session, the RDO will give an overview of the program including how to navigate the institutional limited submission process and two successful MRI awardees will discuss...
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Improving Scholarly Communication Series - Speaking for Success: Strategies for Effective Medical and Scientific Presentations

Friday, August 16, 2024 11:00am to 12:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Interested researchers, faculty, and staff are invited to register for one, or more, sessions of this series. To sign up, click here The Improving Scholarly Communications sessions are a three-part series designed to provide you strategies to improve the clarity of your scholarly communications, both written and oral. These workshops are hosted by Paul Casella (more information below) and will take place in the Summer of 2024. Writing Effective Grant Applications is the second event of this...
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