OVPRI Internal Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) offers support for faculty research and scholarship across all disciplines.  These programs are designed to support and foster the research enterprise at UO. The internal award programs seed new research initiatives and collaborations, help translate research innovation into commercial success, support creative endeavors and scholarly projects in disciplines with limited external funding opportunities, and provide other support to further our research mission.

If you are interested in internal grant programs offered beyond the OVPRI, a list in development is available in the Pivot funding database

OVPRI Programs

Interdisciplinary research

individual Research

Undergraduate Research

Other Programs

Past programs

Other Internal Funding at UO

Departmental Programs

Pivot Funding Database


Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Programs

Environment Initiative Seed Funding Program

The Environment Initiative and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation are collaborating to sponsor the Environment Initiative Seed Funding Program. The program consists of 2 award mechanisms: Research Awards and Curriculum Awards, both of which align with and advance the goals of the Environment Initiative.

Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3)

The Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I 3) award program fosters new interdisciplinary research projects at UO. I 3 partnerships should emerge from shared research interests and needs and be developed in light of external funding opportunities, UO’s institutional strengths, academic priorities, and institutional history. Partnerships may include external institutions of strategic importance.

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Individual Faculty Awards


Faculty Research Awards

Faculty Research Awards are made annually through the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation to UO faculty from all disciplinary backgrounds.

New Junior Faculty Research Awards Program

This award provides up to $3,000 to support research expenses to all eligible faculty members in the first year of their appointment. No application is required.

The D.C. TRIP: Travel for Research, Innovation, and Partnerships

The DC TRIP supports the professional development of junior faculty by facilitating interactions with prospective federal sponsors.

UO Nominees for NEH Summer Stipend

This program is designed to encourage tenured-related faculty to apply to the limited submission, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program. A humanities scholar who is selected by UO's internal faculty committee to represent the UO to NEH, but is not ultimately selected by the NEH, will receive a $6000 stipend (includes OPE) from the OVPRI.

A selected applicant whose application was declined by the NEH and received an OVPRI stipend in the last three years may participate once again in the limited submission competition, but may not receive another stipend from the OVPRI.


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Undergraduate Research

Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship

This program is designed to increase the research opportunities for UO undergraduate students in the academic disciplines associated with the humanities. The program immerses a cohort of students in sixteen weeks of research during the winter and spring terms.

Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholars

This program is a comprehensive research experience designed to develop the next generation of leading researchers. The program immerses a cohort of students in a full year of research in a Knight Campus affiliated lab from January to December each year.

Mini Grants

This program provides up to $1000.00 of support to undergraduate students that are conducting research or creative scholarship under the guidance of a University of Oregon faculty member.

O-Day Fellowship

The Peter O’Day Fellowship in Biological Sciences supports an undergraduate student partnering with a graduate student to conduct summer research. The fellowship is awarded to four pairs of students each summer that are conducting authentic research in the University of Oregon’s many and diverse research laboratories.


This program provides students with an opportunity to conduct research full time during the summer in a physical chemistry lab at the University of Oregon. The fellowship was created through funding provided by Physical Chemistry Division in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 


The Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholars (PURS) program provides undergraduate students in the fields of chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, and computer science with an opportunity to conduct research during the academic year under the guidance of a UO faculty mentor. The program emphasizes engaging students in research that are from populations underrepresented in these fields.

VPRI Fellowship

The Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) Undergraduate Fellowship awards fellowships to students who conduct research, creative scholarship or complete work on an innovative project full-time during the summer. 


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Other Internal Funding

The Catalyst Fund

This internal grant program provides funds to UO innovators for services, tools and other resources needed to successfully translate their research and launch new UO research-based startup companies..

Professional Services for Inventors Program

This grant mechanism provides support to inventors for the types of professional services needed to successfully launch a new invention-based company, including grant writers for SBIR submission, web development, pitch coaching, legal counsel, accounting advice, or business intelligence research.

Research Instrumentation and Equipment Program for Research Core Facilities (RIEP)

This program helps Research Core Facilities acquire new and repair, upgrade or replace existing instrumentation critical to UO’s research infrastructure.

Note: Emergency funds for Core Facilities do not follow the above deadline. Please use this form to apply for emergency funds on a rolling basis.

Bridge Funding Support for Research

The competitiveness of the federal funding climate presents unique challenges to principal investigators, especially as unanticipated gaps in funding have negative effects on the continuation of active research programs. The Bridge Funding Support program provides interim resources to mitigate a challenging federal climate and to facilitate the ongoing viability of federally funded research projects.


UO Sustainability Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is seeking nominations for individuals or research teams for the UO Sustainability Awards. This award program aims to recognize individuals whose contributions deepen our culture of sustainability across a range of institutional activities. The OVPRI sponsors 2 of the Sustainability Awards: one for research and scholarship, and one for innovation and impact. Award recipients will receive $500 in research funds ($1000 will be provided to a team), and will also be featured in a video produced by the Office of Sustainability. 

The nomination should contain a one-paragraph description of the nominee’s contributions to sustainability in research and scholarship or innovation and impact, along with the nominee’s CV.  If nominating a research team, please include CVs for all faculty team members. Preference is given to interdisciplinary environmental projects for the research and scholarship award.

Nominations (self-nominations are welcome and encouraged) via the online form. The deadline for submission is February 11, 2022.

The OVPRI executive team will review the nominations and select award recipients. The awards will be presented in a ceremony hosted by the Office of Sustainability - time and format to be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact rds@uoregon.edu.


Funding to strengthen grant proposal

RDS has funding to help make your proposal content stronger. We can help coordinate and help pay for external review of proposals by content experts in your field, or provide funding for visualization and graphic design for proposals.


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UO Departmental Support Programs

Below is a selection of departmental funding programs.

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies - multiple programs

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies - Faculty and Graduate Grants

Center for the Study of Women in Society - Research Grants

College of Education - Research and Professional Development Grants

College of Arts and Sciences Internal Awards - multiple programs

Global Studies Institute - multiple programs

Oregon Humanities Center - Faculty Research Fellowship

Presidential Fellows in Humanistic Study - Research Fellowships

School of Law - Consumer Protection Research Grant

Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics - multiple programs

Full List of UO Opportunities

Types of Research

We track the types of research being conducted through internal OVPRI awards. Below are the definitions of the three types of research categories:

Basic Research: Experimental or theoretical work undertaken primarily to acquire new general knowledge and understanding of nature and its laws, without thought of application or practical ends. Also called “fundamental research”. Basic Research can include research that builds on our previously knowledge and seeks to expand or deepen our knowledge and understanding.


  • USDE award to study early childhood academic needs.
  • PI receives an NIH R01 (Research Project Grant) to study stress response in humans.
  • NSF funding to explore an area and improve our basic understanding of that area.

Applied Research: Systematic inquiry involving the practical application of science. It accesses and uses some part of the research community’s accumulated theories, knowledge, methods, and techniques, for a specific, often state-, business-, or client-driven purpose, usually resulting in the creation of new products or processes or improvements to existing products or processes. Expanding on previous knowledge with the intent to expand or deepen our knowledge is not Applied Research.


  • Development of an iPad-based app to enhance reading skills in under-privileged school districts.
  • After learning inflammation is a primary stress response, PI leverages existing studies to advance new theory in biomarker identification of inflammatory response and proposes developing a device to aid in active monitoring and treatment.

Experimental Development: The systematic application of knowledge or understanding, directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, and systems or methods, including the design, development, and improvement of prototypes and new processes to meet specific requirements.


  • Testing the iPad-based app with children and enhancing it before releasing it to the public or K-12 schools.
  • PI receives an NIH RC2 award and invents prototype biomarker biomedical devices for doctors to test and actively monitor, target, and treat inflammation. The device is improved, patented, and goes into market production.

Prior OVPRI Internal Programs (not active)

Data Science Initiative Seed Funding Grant
Interdisciplinary Awards in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Resilience Initiative Seed Funding Grant
UO-OHSU Collaborative Seed Funding Grant