Background: The Vice President for Research Discretionary Fund is intended to support research and scholarship by faculty and staff by allowing them to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities or deal with unexpected problems encountered during a project. The program is not intended to replace other sources of internal or external funding, but rather to provide flexible support with a rapid turn-around for unanticipated events. Hypothetical examples of circumstances where this funding might be granted include, but are not limited to:
- You present what is acclaimed as a seminal paper in your field at a major international conference. Two months later you receive an invitation to attend a workshop in Greece to develop a major international collaborative project; you need funding to attend.
- Half way through an externally funded project a critical piece of equipment breaks; you need to repair or replace the equipment but there is no funding in the grant to do so.
- You are studying international aid to Central America and the country where you did your doctoral research suffers a devastating earthquake; you want to visit as soon as possible to lend your expertise to the recovery effort and observe how the local aid infrastructure copes with the crisis.
Discretionary funds are generally not awarded to continue or expand projects that have received significant prior internal support.
Amount available: $50,000 per year
Range of Grants: Up to $7,500 in exceptional circumstance. Most awards will be $5,000 or less.
Match: Ordinarily requires a 1:1 match from the academic college.
Deadline: None. Applications will be accepted at any time. Decisions will be made within two weeks.
Guidelines and How to Apply: Use the ORSP Transmittal Form for Internal Grant Applications and ORSP Internal Proposal Budget Form (see below).
ORSP Transmittal Form
ORSP Internal Proposal Budget Form
The narrative of your proposal is limited to 1 page (letter sized paper with 1" margins), single space text in 11 point or larger Times New Roman. Explain:
- Reason for the request – what you want to do?
- Anticipate outcomes – what benefits will result from the investment?
- Justification for request – why the request is urgent and why there is no alternative source of funding