2023-2024 Competition

AWARDS Announced 

Research Seed Awards 

LOI (required): Monday, October 2, 2023 (12:00 noon.) 
Full: Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (5 p.m.)

On or about January 29, 2024
Salomon Faculty Research Awards 

Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 

Update: On or about March 18, 2024
Humanities Research Funds November 16, 2023 (5 p.m.)
On or about December 15, 2023
Research Achievement Awards EXTENDED to Monday, January 29, 2024 (9 a.m.) [Previously, Tuesday, January 16, 2024 (9:00 a.m.)] Mid-March

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 - single PI projects of any type with budgets up to $50,000 for one year; Category 2 - multi-PI 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. Preference will be given to junior faculty who are in the process of building their research portfolio.

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; typical awards range from $500 to $1800.

Research Achievement Awards recognize outstanding research achievements of Brown faculty through eight awards given annually that each carry a research award of $5,000. Early Career Awards are offered every year; Mid-Career Awards and Distinguished Career Awards alternate each  year. In 2024,  Mid-Career Awards and Early Career Awards will be offered. 

Brown University Core Research Facility (CRF) Infrastructure Program: Core research facilities (CRFs) are essential for building research programs, increasing competitiveness for external grant funding, recruiting top faculty members, and attracting and training students and postdocs. Specialized CRFs that are overseen by experts facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration and provide technical capacity to investigators throughout the University. Brown's CRF fund, disbursed by the Office of the Vice President for Research, supports the development of these facilities and the maintenance of their equipment.  The directors of existing core facilities that support research at Brown and are approved by the Controller’s Office, may apply for these funds. See here for recent awards. For information on CRFs contact Research_Opps@Brown, for information about the listed instruments contact the respective core facility director.

FAQs for Seed and Salomon awardees:

  • How do I report follow-on funding from my Seed Award?
    Previous Seed awardees can report funded research grants that resulted from OVPR support anytime using the short form at this link. OVPR will also survey Seed awardees annually. 
  • How and when do I submit my final report for my Seed or Salomon Award?
    Final Reports are due within 60 days of award ending (typically August 31st) and should be uploaded to the OVPR Internal Research Award Report/Extension Request Form.  
  • How and when may I request an extension?
    Seeds and Salomons are allowed to request a one-time, one-year, no cost extension. The deadline for extension requests for 2023 Seed and Salomon awards ending June 30, 2024 is May 16, 2024. To request an extension, please use the OVPR Internal Research Award Report/Extension Request Form to submit a 1-2 paragraph interim report  by Thursday, May 16th explaining why you need the extension.

Archived Funding Programs:

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation Pandemic Response Policy Research Fund 

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: Annenberg Internal Funding Opportunites | Due: Varies 

Open: Advance-CTR New Discovery Award | Due: Rolling

Open: Advance CTR Grant Resubmission Awards | Due: Rolling

Open: Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative Research Funding | Due: Rolling 

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



Brown Arts Institute (BAI) 

Cancer Center

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 [email protected])

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

Swearer Center Engaged Faculty Awards

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards 

Watson Institute


If your research proposal includes international travel, please review the helpful information on the International Travel Risk Management website.