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

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

Innovation Fund Program: Translational Research Grants

This new program, supported by the OVPRI and the University Venture Development II fund, aims to foster the accelerated translation of innovations developed at UO into new products, services and businesses.

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 2021 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.

Please submit nominations (self-nominations are welcome and encouraged) via the online-form by March 3, 2021.

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

Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics - multiple programs

Full List of UO Opportunities

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