Grants at Iowa

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

Executive Vice President & Provost's Office


Other Sources

Funding for Students

Health and Biomedical Sciences


Grants at Iowa

Grants at Iowa is an internal competitive application portal to streamline the process of finding and applying for extramural limited submission funding opportunities, intramural funding opportunities, and internal awards. Opportunities posted on Grants at Iowa include: internal funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research, Carver College of Medicine, and the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology, as well as nomination opportunities and limited submissions.


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

University buildingJumpstarting Tomorrow Seed Grant Program - Round 2
The Research Development Office (RDO) within the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) seeks applications to seed interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research communities that advance research, creative activities, and scholarship through grants of up to $150,000. 

Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) Program
The AHI program offers the Standard Grant, Major Project Grant, and Major Conferences Grant in support of humanities scholarship and work in the creative, visual, and performing arts. Guidelines and application information is available at

Discretionary funding requests
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has very limited discretionary funding available for strategic opportunities.

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.

GOLDrush is the University of Iowa’s official crowdfunding platform. The University of Iowa Center for Advancement has a crowdfunding tool that is available to faculty, staff, and students for soliciting support for research and other academic-related university activities. If you are interested in using the platform to raise funds for your research or academic-related activities please contact for more information or fill out an application at

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
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.


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.

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

Chief Diversity Office
The Chief Diversity Office (CDO) provides vision, leadership, and counsel on matters of diversity and inclusion at the University of Iowa. We partner with all campus units to create a welcoming and respectful environment that enables everyone to perform at their full potential.  Please check Awards & Scholarships for information on current opportunities.

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, including The President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant 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.

  • Teaching in Higher Education Travel Awards: Council on Teaching reviews applications (three deadlines each year) for funding (maximum of $1,500) to cover expenses  incurred by  instructors, tenured, or tenure track faculty members to attend and preferably give presentations at regional, national or international conferences directly related to teaching and/or learning.  Awardees are expected to demonstrate how they will utilize what they learn by participating in these conferences to enhance existing teaching pedagogies or develop new pedagogies at the University of Iowa.

Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio
The Studio welcomes collaboration with all faculty and student researchers, both tenure-track and non-tenure track, graduate and undergraduate, respectively. To that end, we’ve assembled lists of resources that might be of interest to these groups. On our webpage, you’ll find updates about our Scholars Studio Initiatives, external grant opportunities, campus partners, and readings related to digital scholarship and publishing.

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.

Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards (ITTA)
Projects involving collaborative learning and student use of emerging technologies are encouraged, and projects should be new to the University of Iowa.  To learn more about this award program including the guidelines for submitting a proposal and past award winners, visit

International Programs
International Programs 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. 

International Programs Faculty Grants (For questions regarding these awards, please contact Julie Blair (

  • International Travel Awards: Travel awards contribute to internationalization at the University of Iowa by funding the international scholarship and engagement of UI faculty and staff.  International Travel Awards support international travel for research, creative activity, and active conference participation or other collaborative activity.  Awards, designed as supplements to other travel funding, typically range from $700 to $900.
  • 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.  
  • Major Project Awards: This 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.  While the International Programs Summer Research Fellowships are intended to support research and creative activities of individual faculty members, the Major Projects Award encourages activities or endeavors on a broader scale. These may take the form of collaborations, symposia, conferences, lecture series, artistic exhibitions, and performance events. A single project will be funded, up to $12,500.  
  • Provost's Global Forum: This premier annual event on campus focuses 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, and civil society, including projects focused on the environment, human rights, development, citizen diplomacy) to raise awareness about and contribute to debate on the foremost issues in globalization that face us today.  In addition to serving the University of Iowa community broadly, the Forum endeavors to build connections between the University and the state of Iowa, and positions the UI as a national node in discussions of global affairs.  Up to $20,000 will be awarded for the Forum.
  • Special Projects Awards: This award supports internationalization at the University of Iowa by providing funding for small-scale international activities on campus. Past funded Special Projects have included visiting lecturers, speakers, film series, exhibitions, and other public activities that support international engagement on campus. Typical awards are a maximum of $500 (deadline: rolling).
  • Global Research Partnership Award: all full-time University of Iowa faculty are eligible to apply. Proposals coming from the cluster hiring initiative are particularly encouraged, where the cluster as a whole in engaged (as opposed to individual faculty), as are proposals that build on cluster-to-cluster initiatives. Additional consideration will be given to those projects that seek to develop a sustainable research relationship by laying the groundwork for external funding. Funding may be used to develop shared or collaborative degree programs, fund student rotations/lab internships, gather data, and other activities that provide a platform for cultivating a long-term research relationship.

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

Linda and Richard Kerber Fund for Research in the Iowa Women's Archives
In honor of Linda and Richard Kerber’s enduring 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 graduate students, academic and public historians, 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.   The strengths of the Iowa Women’s Archives include rich collections on the history of the women’s movement, political activism, African Americans, rural women, and Latinas, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  The collections are global in scope. For questions about the program, please contact:  or and write TRAVEL FUND in the subject line.

University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Impact Grants
Student Impact Grants provide funding for a variety of University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate student activities outside the classroom, such as research, travel, and service projects. The goal is to enable students to pursue opportunities that might not otherwise be possible without financial assistance. The President's Office has generously allocated $7,000 per semester to help enhance the student experience through these grants. The designated funds come from generous philanthropic gifts made by alumni and friends who have chosen to provide unrestricted support to the university. Grants are awarded twice a year. Applications are typically accepted for the summer/fall semester beginning in January and for the winter/spring semester beginning in September.

University of Iowa Prevention Research Center (IPRC) Pilot Grant Program 
The University of Iowa IPRC is particularly interested in interdisciplinary pilot projects which concern injuries in rural contexts. However all injury prevention and control projects are considered. Priority is given to pilot proposals that hold the greatest potential for leading to a larger research proposal.

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.