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Internal Grant Competitions

UTC has several internal funding opportunities available. Several of these are administered by the Faculty Senate; however, the following are coordinated by OPSP with significant input from academic faculty and administration.

 PSRA Provost Student Research Awards: Funding for faculty-led student research
NSF-MRI Internal selection competition to determine which team is eligible to apply for the NSF-Major Research Instrumentation grant program
ORAU Internal selection competition to determine which two junior faculty members are eligible to apply for an ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Provost Student Research Awards


Proposal Submission Deadline: March 5 at 5:00 p.m. EST for the 2015 competition (funding cycle July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)

The Provost Student Research Awards (PSRA) are designed to provide UTC students with a special opportunity to participate in original research with faculty members.  This research is normally undertaken during the summer months, although academic year research may be approved with proper justification. See the application for all guidelines and submission instructions.


PSRA Workshop PowerPoint 2014


PSRA Application with Guidelines


List of 2014 Awardees

NSF-MRI Internal Selection Competition


Internal selection application deadline to OPSP: October 17, 2013

Full application deadline to NSF: January 23, 2014

The National Science Foundation has announced the submission deadline for the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant program for FY 2014.  Applications will be due January 23, 2014. 

As in past years, the NSF MRI grant program allows only three proposal submissions per institution: two proposals for equipment acquisition and one proposal for equipment development.  For the past several competition cycles, UTC  has had more than two faculty teams who wanted to pursue equipment acquisition grants.  In the event that we have more than two faculty teams interested in equipment acquisition this year, The OPSP will be coordinating an internal review and selection process.

If you are interested in submitting an NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) proposal for the upcoming competition, please submit a 2-3 page abstract to the Office of Partnerships & Sponsored Programs at by October 17, 2013. 

Additional information about the internal competition, including abstract guidance, evaluation criteria, and the competition timeline, may be found by reading the MRI Internal Selection Guidelines, linked below.  In addition, please closely review the full MRI program solicitation to make sure that your proposal fully meets the program requirements.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.


MRI Internal Selection Guidelines and Cover Page

NSF MRI Proposal Guidelines


ORAU Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award


Internal selection application deadline to OPSP: October 17, 2013 by 5:00pm

Full application deadline to ORAU: January 10, 2014

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions and are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The ORAU Powe Award is a $5000 award for full-time assistant professors who are within two years of their initial tenure track appointment. Proposals are welcomed in the following fields: Engineering/Applied Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematics/Computer Science; Physical Sciences; and Policy, Management, or Education. UTC is limited to nominating only two junior faculty members per year, therefore an internal competition is held to identify the two proposals deemed most likely to succeed.

ORAU  Internal Selection Guidelines

ORAU Narrative Template

Proposal Development Timeline and Checklist


UTC offers several other internal grant opportunities to support a wide range of faculty development activities including student - faculty research collaborations, curriculum development, technology and equipment acquisition, and conference travel support.  These internal grants are administered by various units on campus.  While these internal grants do not operate under the auspices of the OPSP, we encourage new faculty, faculty changing from one research field to another, and those interested in developing a funding or research track-record to consider these options as part of a long-term external funding strategy. 


To learn more about UTC's internal grant opportunities, visit the Walker Teaching Resource Center's website.