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 and Economic Development, 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 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.

GOLDrush is the University of Iowa’s official crowdfunding platform. The University of Iowa Foundation and University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development have partnered to offer faculty and staff a tool for soliciting donations to support research and other academic-related activities. If you are a UI faculty or staff member and you are interested in using the platform to raise funds for your research or another academic-related activity, contact Theresa Jubert at or More 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. The application deadline is January 15, 2018.

University of Iowa GAP Funding
This commercialization funding competition is designed to expand the commercialization of UI technologies. Funds are available to support the development of innovations with commercial potential through a range of stages in technology development, from initial concept, through proof of concept, to licensing and commercialization. Contact Paul Dymerski ( / 614-561-5286) for more information.


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)
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 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.

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.

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 (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 (deadline: the 1st of each month).
  • 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).

Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC), in cooperation with the Public Policy Center and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, offers funding to support researchers interested in developing proposals to access to the Central Plains Research Data Center. Researchers at the University of Iowa are invited to submit a short two-page seed award proposal that will provide funding for researchers to develop a full research protocol that provides access to the restricted-use microdata available through the CPRDC housed at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL). Proposals are due by 8:00 AM, Monday, April 2, 2018. See the detailed RFP for more information: ISRC call for CPRDC proposal. 

The ISRC will host an information session to answer questions about the available data and the Census RDC application process at 8 AM, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in room 2390 University Capitol Centre (Executive Boardroom).  

Contact with questions.

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

Pappajohn Biomedical Institute Convergence Seed Grants
One of the goals of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute (PBI) is to encourage investigators to cross boundaries between disciplines to obtain fundamental insight into biological systems and to apply that knowledge to human health.  We wish to bring together researchers in basic sciences, clinical sciences, engineering, and computer science for research that relates to the biosciences, biomedicine, and bioengineering.  To enhance interdisciplinary research, the PBI will offer Convergence Seed Grants.  Grants could support innovative technology, basic research leading to fundamental discoveries, or novel applications.  Seed funding for high-risk, high-reward collaborative proposals should allow investigators to test the feasibility of their ideas.  Funding may also increase investigators’ competitiveness for extramural grants, produce intellectual property, and generate start-ups. For inquiries, see or contact Mary Kenyon (

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 accepts 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.   For questions about the program, please contact:  or and write TRAVEL FUND in the subject line.

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The primary objectives of the pilot project program are to encourage the development of new research projects consistent with the mission of the PRC and to attract new research partners to collaborate with us. The PRC is particularly interested in pilot projects focusing on Iowa communities and that in some way engage community members.

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.