Faculty Research and Development Program - Guidelines

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the Faculty Research and Development (FRD) Program. The goal of the FRD Program is to invest in a diverse portfolio of graduate faculty research to increase the level of external funding received by the University. Priority is given to faculty with prior external funding and to new faculty with a strong potential for external funding. Proposals may request funds to enhance established programs, to conduct pilot studies, to develop new research programs, to establish or enhance partnerships, or to conduct any other activities that significantly advance the University's potential for external funding.


See general eligibility guidelines

Award Terms and Conditions

The award period is 12 months and begins on May 15 following award notification. All unexpended grant funds at the end of the award period will revert to the Office of Research. No extension will be granted beyond the end of the 12 month award period. See the general award terms and conditions for additional requirements.

Reporting Requirements

See general reporting requirements

Allowable Expenditures

See general guidelines

Proposal Preparation Guidelines

Proposals should be written in language that can be understood by non-specialists. Proposals should be written with 12-point font on letter-sized paper with one-inch margins, should consist of a single PDF, and should include the following sections.

  • Cover Page: The cover page template is available here.
  • Abstract One-page summary of the proposed research.
  • Project Description – Five-page description of the proposed research. Discuss the significance of the research and its likelihood to attract external funding. Discuss how the proposed project promotes new directions in research, scholarship, creativity, or innovation. Distinguish between the proposed FRD research and the follow-on project for which you will obtain external funding.
  • References – One page of bibliographic references.
  • Budget – One-page budget description and justification. FRD grants are limited to a maximum of $40,000.
  • Plan for Obtaining External Funds – Briefly describe your plan for obtaining external funds, including: (a) what funding agency or industry you will approach, and why; (b) what contact, if any, you have already had with these agencies or industrial partners; (c) when you expect to apply for funding; (d) the expected budget of the potential externally funded project; and (e) how the proposed FRD activities will help attract external funding. List current or pending grants and grant applications that are related to the FRD project, including those from both internal and external sources.
  • List of External Proposals – List all external proposals that the participants of the proposed research have submitted in the past five years, including appropriate details such as submission date, requested amount, and acceptance/rejection status.
  • Previous FRD/FSI Results (if applicable): One-page description of results from your most recent FRD or FSI award.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Include an abbreviated CV (maximum two pages) for each project participant which includes the most significant achievements of the last five years.
  • Support Letters - Include appropriate support letters if needed. For example, if course release time is requested, include a letter from the Department Chair, co-signed by the Academic Dean, which describes the teaching load policy in the academic unit, how that policy impacts the applicant, and the replacement costs pertaining to the release time request.


See general guidelines

Address questions to Joy Yard, 687-9364,, or Roman Kondratov, 687-5171,

Click here for a PDF of the evaluation form.