Internal Funding

Early-stage seed funding can bolster promising research ideas before their merit has been recognized. Discover seed funding opportunities for UChicago faculty and researchers below:

Big Ideas Generator

Award: Workshop
Award Amount: $15,000
Description: Travel and Lodging Funds to hold exploratory workshops on ideas around the broad areas of information, complexity, or cognition.

BSD Office of Faculty Affairs

Award: Faculty Initiatives Fund
Award Amount: $500- $1,500
Description: Funding supports collaborative, cross departmental initiatives and programs in new areas within the BSD.

BSD Office of Faculty Affairs

Award: Diversity Research and Small Grants
Award Amount: $1,000
Description: Funding for trainees and assistant professors who wish to engage in basic, clinical, and translational health disparities research and present their work nationally and internationally.

Center for Health Administration Studies

Award: Seed Grant Program
Award Amount: $30,000
Description: Supports promising health services and policy research projects at UChicago that impact vulnerable or disadvantaged populations.

Chapin Hall

Award: Center for Children Joint Research Fund
Award Amount: $200,000
Description: Fosters research between the University and Chapin Hall that has a meaningful impact on policies and practices that affect vulnerable child populations, their families, and their communities.

Civic Engagement

Award: Community Programs Accelerator Faculty Support Program
Award Amount: $50,000
Description: Support selected initiatives that have a significant community engagement component for a one-year period, whether the aim is to establish a 501c3 organization or continue as a University program.

France Chicago Center

Award: FAACTS
Award Amount: $7,000 – 20,000
Description: The France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS) program offers seed funding in support of new and developing projects that: 1) promote meaningful intellectual and scientific exchange between UChicago, ANL, and Fermilab researchers and research teams in France, and 2) show promise of leading to fruitful and sustainable collaboration. There are 8-12 such grants awarded each year, with award amounts typically ranging from $7,000/year to $20,000/year. All supported projects are either one year or two years in duration.

Global Engagement

Award: Center in Beijing
Award Amount: $3,000 – $15,000
Description: Support for innovative ideas, whether nascent or fully elaborated, for how we might foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region.

Global Engagement

Award: Center in Hong Kong
Award Amount:
Description: Support for innovative ideas, whether nascent or fully elaborated, for how we might foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region.

Global Engagement

Award: UChicago-HKU Global Partnership Fund
Award Amount: $5,000 – $25,000
Description: Support collaborative teaching, training and research that further enhance the relationship between the University of Chicago and the University of Hong Kong. For academic years 2016-2018, the fund would focus on developing the relationship between UChicago’s Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and HKU’s Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS).

Global Engagement

Award: Center in Delhi
Award Amount: $30,000
Description: Expand opportunities for collaboration with Indian scholars and universities, research institutes, and cultural organizations, to serve as a focal point for engaging alumni in India and South Asia, and to contribute to cooperation among the several international centers of the University.

Institute for Translational Medicine

Award: Pilot Awards
Award Amount: $60,000
Description: ITM funding and resource support for study design, ethics and community consults, networking with potential local and national collaborators, and more. Includes video production and communications support to share research findings and impact.

Institute for Translational Medicine

Award: Community Benefit Grant Awards
Award Amount: $50,000
Description: Collaborative projects between a local community organization and UChicago researcher to impact community health.

Institute for Translational Medicine

Award: Core Subsidy Awards
Award Amount: $5,000
Description: Offset costs for using one of the dozens of UChicago core facilities that offer high-tech equipment, data processing, and other resources for researchers.

Institute for Translational Medicine

Award: Career Development (K) Awards
Award Amount: Up to $100,000
Description: Up to $100,000 in salary support, 75% protected time for research of your choice, exclusive mentoring from senior faculty, and travel funds for junior investigators pursuing clinical, translational, and/or oncology research. Training also includes communications support, video production, and more.

Institute for Translational Medicine

Award: Short Term Pilot Awards
Award Amount: $5,000
Description: Funding for postdoctoral clinician-scientists in training at the University of Chicago Medical Center, such as residents, fellows and other trainees whose mentors do not have financial support for the specific projects the applicants are trying to undertake.

Institute for Translational Medicine

Award: TL1 Trainee Awards
Award Amount: $21,000
Description: Stipend (tuition, living expenses) and research training for predoctoral students in clinical and translational science.

Neubauer Collegium

Award: Seed
Award Amount: $10,000 – $25,000/yr
Description: Financial, strategic, and administrative support for research projects that enable University of Chicago faculty to pursue complex questions that require collaboration and are informed by a humanistic perspective.

Neubauer Collegium

Award: Large-Scale
Award Amount: $100,000/yr
Description: Financial, strategic, and administrative support for research projects that enable University of Chicago faculty to pursue complex questions that require collaboration and are informed by a humanistic perspective.

Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

Award: Faculty Research Project Awards
Award Amount: $5,000 – $30,000
Description: The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights supports research projects that allow University of Chicago faculty to explore critical dimensions of human rights thought and practice.

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

Award: Faculty Seed Grants
Award Amount: $5,000
Description: Funds to support a first step into an area of research that may or may not lead to an application for the larger faculty research grant the following year

UChicago Arts

Award: UChicago Arts Grants
Award Amount: $1,500 – $5,000
Description: Seed funding for new artistic ventures, especially collaborative projects; should not be considered a source of continued funding

Women's Board

Award: Grants Fund
Award Amount: $25,000 – $60,000
Description: Catalyst, sustaining, and capacity-building funding is awarded to high-impact projects that would likely otherwise not go forward without Women’s Board support. Funding is distributed to projects in the areas of faculty research and support, the arts and cultural institutions, quality of student life, and community outreach