The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce the following research funds for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Detailed guidelines are available via the links for each opportunity listed below. For questions on the internal funding opportunities listed here, please contact Margaret Manning at or (401) 863-5145.


2017-2018 Application Deadline

Selections Announced

Research Seed Awards  LOI (required): September 25, 2017 (5 p.m.)
Full: October 16, 2017 (5 p.m.)
December 21, 2017
Salomon Faculty Research Awards November 20, 2017 (5 p.m.) February 1, 2018
Grant Resubmission Award Rolling within 30 days
Research Achievement Awards EXTENDED: January 16, 2018 (9 a.m.) March 15, 2018
Cost-Sharing Funds Rolling varies
Humanities Research Funds November 15, 2017 (5 p.m.) December 15, 2017

Research Seed Funding awards are competitively awarded and help faculty more successfully advance competitive research proposals by supporting the generation of preliminary data, pursuing new directions or collaborations in research, and other endeavors. Investigators may propose projects in one of two categories. Category 1 - projects of any type with budgets up to $50,000 for one year; Category 2 - projects supporting a new collaboration between two or more disciplines with budgets up to $100,000 for one year.

The Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Awards are competitively awarded and support excellence in scholarly work by providing funding for selected faculty research projects deemed to be of exceptional merit. Investigators may propose projects with budgets up to $15,000.

Grant Resubmission Awards provide support for investigators to improve an already highly-rated proposal for re-submission. The awards will be for up to $15,000. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Research Achievement Awards recognize outstanding research achievements of Brown faculty through seven awards given annually that each carry a research stipend of $5,000.

Humanities Research Funds help support faculty research in departments and fields in the arts, humanities and social sciences with limited external funding opportunities. Faculty apply directly to their chairs for support; full-time faculty may request up to $1,800.

Cost-Sharing Funds are available to help meet sponsor requirements and to increase competitiveness on certain external funding opportunities. For questions regarding OVPR cost-sharing, or to request cost sharing funds, please email Amy Carroll at, Director of Research Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please include the opportunity requirements, details of your request, including the total cost sharing required, and your plan for meeting that requirement. Requests should be made well in advance of the proposal submission due date.

University cost sharing policy (revised 1-2017) 

Cost Sharing Commitment Form 

Other Internal Funding Opportunities at Brown

The following is a partial list of additional internal funding sources administered by other offices in support of research at Brown:

Open: *New* COBRE Center for Nervous System Function Pilot Projects Applications Due August 1, 2018

Open: Social Science Research Institute Due: Rolling

Open: SURDNA Fellowship (for Brown faculty and physicians at Brown Teaching Hospitals only) Due: Rolling



Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) 

Carney Institute for Brain Science

Center for Aids Research (CFAR) 

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Emeriti Research Fund (Contact

Faculty Development Funds

Faculty Travel Fund

Global Health Initiative

Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute 

Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Office of Global Engagement

Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women

Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI)

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards 

Watson Institute