Graduate Faculty Research Support Program - Guidelines


The purpose of the Graduate Faculty Research Support Program is to support professional activities that enhance research and scholarship at the University. Because dissemination is an important component of research, funds are available to assist faculty in publishing and presenting their research and scholarship. In addition, travel to venues such as seminars or funding agencies (e.g., NSF or NIH) that enhance research and scholarship skills and increase the probability of external funding may also be supported by this program.


Applicants must be regular Level I members of the Graduate Faculty. The Office of Research will provide matching funds for no more than two-thirds of the total cost of the proposed activity. The budget on the application form must identify both the amount requested from the program and the source of the remaining one-third, including personal funds. Level I Graduate Faculty members may apply a maximum of twice per fiscal year, and may receive only one award per fiscal year.

Available Support and Application Process

The Office of Research will provide matching funds for up to two-thirds of the total cost of the proposed activity. In no case will support from the program exceed $1,250. The remaining one-third may be covered by any combination of department, college, grant, and personal funds. Complete the application form and submit it to the Office of Research. Please include documentation supporting your application, such as a letter of invitation, a call for papers/posters, notification of paper/poster acceptance, etc.

Funding Priorities

This program is competitive, and because of limited funds, not all applications will be funded. The following criteria will be used to determine which activities provide greater benefits to the University.

Higher Priority Lower Priority
Publication charges for peer-reviewed papers in high-impact-factor journals. Publication charges for papers in journals with low, or no, impact factor.
Presentation of multiple invited or peer-reviewed papers/posters, or paper/poster presentation and program committee service at the same conference. Presentation of non-peer-reviewed papers/posters at a conference, or service as a session chair without presenting a paper.
Presentation of an invited or peer-reviewed paper/poster at a national/international conference. Chairing a session or presenting a paper/poster at a regional conference, or performing or exhibiting at a regional exhibition or show.
Performing or exhibiting at a national/international juried event. Attending a conference, workshop, or seminar, but not presenting a paper/poster.
Serving on a panel or serving on the organizing committee of a national/international conference. The majority of matching funds is provided by the faculty member’s personal funds, indicating less support from the Department, College, and external sponsors.
Visiting prospective sponsors or program officers, or attending workshops that may lead to external funding.


Publication or travel by junior faculty.