OVPR offers a number of internal funding opportunities described on this page. 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 margaret_manning@brown.edu or (401) 863-5145.


2016-2017 Application Deadline

Selections Announced

Research Seed Awards  October 13, 2016 December 22, 2016
Salomon Faculty Research Awards November 29, 2016 February 1, 2017
Grant Resubmission Award Rolling within 30 days
Teaching Relief Funds Rolling within 60 days
Cost-Sharing Funds Rolling varies
Humanities Research Funds November 15, 2016 December 15, 2016
Biomedical Innovation Fund  October 17, 2016 (Pre-proposal) April 3, 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.

Teaching Relief Funds The Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR), in consultation with relevant chairs or center directors, awards teaching relief funds for the preparation of substantial grant proposals that involve millions of dollars and require the collaboration of large teams. PI’s interested in pursuing teaching relief must submit a proposal to their chair and then OVPR. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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.

The Biomedical Innovation Fund is a new proof-of-concept program to accelerate and support commercialization of biomedical research. Awards under this partnership between Brown’s Technology Ventures Office and the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University will be up to $100,000 for one year.

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 Becky Sattel at rebecca_sattel@brown.edu , Director of Finance and Administration 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 1-5-2012) 

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: Social Science Research Institute Due: Rolling

Open: *New* Advance-CTR Grant Resubmission Awards (Special Opportunity) Due: July 13, 2017

Open: *New* Advance-CTR 2017 Big Data Pilot Projects Awards Due: July 17, 2017


Arts Initiative

Brown 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 Center for the Humanities

Creative Arts Council

Emeriti Research Fund (Contact dean_of_faculty@brown.edu)

Faculty Development Funds

Faculty Travel Fund

Global Health Initiative

Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Awards 

Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Office of Global Engagement

Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women

Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI)

Watson Institute