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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 ORSP with significant input from academic faculty and administration.

 PSRA Provost Student Research Awards: Funding for faculty-led student research
CRISP Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs: Funding for collaborative faculty team 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


The 2015 Awardees have been announced! Congratulations to the 28 students and their faculty advisors for all of their hard work in pursuing this funding. Good luck on your projects!

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 2015


PSRA Application with Guidelines


List of 2015 Awardees


Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs


Note of Intent to Apply Deadline: April 9, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Full Proposal Deadline: April 21, 2015 at 5 p.m.

The Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs (CRISP) internal grants program seeks to stimulate collaborative, sponsored research at UTC by providing investigational teams of UTC faculty with resources and coordinated support services to help them build research capacity, create internal and external research collaborations, and establish a multi-disciplinary research team with the primary outcome of submitting competitive research proposals and successfully securing funding from external sources. Applicants must propose a collaborative course of action that will increase their capacity to successfully compete for external funding. All applicants are expected, within their proposal, to outline a plan for preparing and submitting at least one and preferably multiple proposals to external funding agencies within a maximum timeframe of 24 months after the project's start date.

The CRISP internal grant program is anticipated to support 6-8 awards of up to $8,000 each to take place over a 12-month funding period (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016).

CRISP Guidelines and Application

CRISP Excel Budget Worksheet - Coming Soon



NSF-MRI Internal Selection Competition


Letter of Intent for Internal Competition due September 16, 2015

Internal Proposal due October 6, 2015

Full Proposal due to NSF January 13, 2016


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 ORSP will be coordinating an internal review and selection process.


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 Proposal due October 26, 2015

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 ORSP, 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.