8/26/2019 Update: The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has posted the 2019-2020 internal research fund guidelines for Seeds and Salomons below. Guidelines for the other opportunities are forthcoming; in the meantime,  please see last year's guidelines for reference and contact [email protected] or Margaret Manning at (401) 863-5145 with any questions.


2019-2020 Application Deadline

Selections Announced 

Research Seed Awards 

LOI (required): September 23, 2019 (5 p.m.) 
Full: October 15, 2019 (5 p.m.)
On or about January 15, 2020
Salomon Faculty Research Awards
November 12, 2019 (5 p.m.) On or about February 10, 2020
Grant Resubmission Award Rolling within 30 days
Research Achievement Awards January 6, 2020 (5 p.m.)  On or about March 16, 2020
Cost-Sharing Funds Rolling varies
Humanities Research Funds November 15, 2019 (5 p.m.) On or about December 16, 2019

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.

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 six awards given annually that each carry a research award 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 Carleen Brunelli at [email protected], Associate 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 on Opiods and Overdose Research Project Leader Award Program | Project Summary and Statements Due: September 30th, 2019

Open: *NEW* COBRE Center on Opiods and Overdose Pilot Project Award Program | Applications Due: October 15th, 2019

Open: Humanities Initiative Programming Fund | Applications Due: October 15th, 2019

Open: 2019 COBRE Opioids and Overdose| RPP Due: Rolling

Open: 2019 Data Science Grants Due: Rolling

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 [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

Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI)

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.