Research Initiation Funds


Funds are available for a limited number of research initiation grants that are intended to assist faculty in the development or implementation of a pilot research project. The pilot project is expected to be the basis for external funding to continue the project.

Funds may be used to support project expenses such as supplies, equipment, printing, and hiring of student research support. Awards may not be used for faculty stipends, course releases, or travel.

Eligibility: All tenure-track, tenured, clinical, and pro-rata faculty are eligible to apply.

Awards: Maximum award is $4,000 for full-time faculty and $2,000 for pro-rata faculty. We anticipate making 5-7 awards.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

Notification Date: June 24, 2016

Funds Available: July 1, 2016

Grant funds must be expended by June 30, 2017

Report on use of funds and status of project: September 30, 2017

Proposal for external funding of project: September 30, 2018 (This may vary depending on deadline of funding agency.)

Application: (e-mail submission preferred)

Cover sheet (word) (pdf) w/ abstract (200 words)

Project Narrative (5 pages max)
  • Goals/Purpose of study
  • Relevance and Significance
  • Study method


  • Student payment
  • Purchases

Concise Vitae (3 pages max) with Focus on

  • Research
  • Scholarship
  • Publications


  • Approval of Department Chair and Dean (e-mail message or hard copy)

    Priority: Faculty hired in the last 3 years and projects that involve student researchers and demonstrate high potential for external funding and project continuation.

    In the event that the funds necessary to support the successful proposals exceed the funds available, priority will be given to those applicants who have not previously received a research initiation award. Faculty who have not fulfilled a previous obligation to submit a proposal for external funding or have not submitted a report on the use of previously awarded funds are not eligible to apply.

    Please submit application to:

    Laura Ann Camlet Houser, Ph.D.
    Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
    Kieth J. O’Neill Center for Healthy Families, 211A
    Tel: 570-340-6031 (e-mail submission preferred)