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The RDO provides diverse avenues for researchers to access internal and external funding. This encompasses internal seed grants fueling novel research, streamlined management of limited submissions to funding agencies, and tools like Pivot to pinpoint potential funding sources.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Research Administrators can add their unit's Internal Funding Opportunities into Pivot, allowing users to find both internal funding along with other external funding opportunities, all in the same tool. View the open internal opportunities below. Please email vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu to inquire about posting internal funding.

Upcoming Limited Submission Opportunities

Funding Focus is a weekly email alerting faculty and staff researchers and scholars about limited submission funding opportunities available to the University of Iowa. See the most recent issue of this email, view past issues, or access all current limited submissions via InfoReady below.

Note: for past issues of Funding Focus, limited submission opportunities may have reached their internal submission deadline. 

Funding Focus Week of May 27, 2024

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Funding Focus Week of May 20, 2024

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Featured Limited Submission Opportunities

Keck Foundation Grant Program Fall 2024

Description: The W. M. Keck Foundation is inviting proposal applications for its Research Program, which seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.
Limitation: Eight Concept Papers per institution (four per category) and two Phase I applications per institution (one per category).
Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Sponsor Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2024
Concept Feedback: If you would like feedback on if your research idea if it is a good fit for this program, please email our office in advance of the June deadline.

NEH: Summer Stipends 2025

Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs is accepting applications for the Summer Stipends program. The purpose of this program is to stimulate new research and publication in the humanities. Summer Stipends support continuous, full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.
Limitation: two applications per institution
Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Sponsor Deadline: Wednesday, September 18, 2024

Note: this is a forecast of NEH Summer Stipends 2025 based on last year’s guidance, and will be updated when new guidance is released by NEH on June 18, 2024.

NSF: Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development

Description: The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. 
Limitation: four applications per institution.  See InfoReady for more details.
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, September 9, 2024
Sponsor Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2024
UI Information Session: On Friday, July 19 from 11am-12pm, the RDO will host a Zoom 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 their experiences, share their insights, and respond to your questions. To attend, register here.