University Facilitating Fund

The purpose of the University Facilitating Fund (UFF) is to provide seed funding to GW's community for research and scholarly activity. In disciplines where external funding is available, (e.g., science and engineering) potential for attaining funding will be weighted heavily. In disciplines where external funding sources are limited (e.g., arts and humanities), the scholarly merits of the program or project will be weighted heavily based on the review criteria. Funding emphasis will be placed on junior investigators or on investigators who are submitting an application in a new research area.

Eligible faculty include regular full-time University faculty who are continuing in service at the University the following academic year.  Each application must have only one Principal Investigator (PI) listed who will be the sole contact for the application and/or award. Faculty members must be an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor or a Research Scientist and have less than less than $100,000 in total active funding as of Friday October 28, 2016, unless submitting for a new field of research. (If this is a field of research for which the PI has not received external funding, it may be considered new.).Faculty members in the Law School, SMHS and the GWSPH cannot serve as the PI but may be listed as an investigator.  A faculty member may submit only one proposal as the PI. An award for consecutive years for the same project is permissible if sufficient progress and justification for continued funding is demonstrated.  

Deadlines for the upcoming competition have been scheduled. Letters of intent (LOI) are due Friday October 28, 2016, 5:00pm (Extended to Wednesday, November 2, 2016) and can be filled out here. Full proposals must be completed and submitted in Cayuse by Wednesday December 7, 2016, 5:00pm.

Please email with any questions and include the words 'UFF' in the e-mail's subject line.

Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed here

Important Documents - UFF

Relevant Documents

Frequently Asked Questions
Call for Proposals (PDF)
Submission Guidelines (PDF)
Cayuse Submission Instructions (PDF)
Budget Template (XLS)
Department Chair Support Form


To review Research Proposals (Coming Soon)
To review Scholarly Proposals (Coming Soon)

Final Report Form

Final Report Form For FY17 Recipients