University Facilitating Fund


The goal of the University Facilitating Fund (UFF) is to foster the creation of new research projects and scholarly activities that encourage application to externally funded opportunities or bring external recognition to the PI and university.

  • In disciplines where external funding is available, (e.g., science and engineering) the potential for UFF activities to lead to external funding will be the primary factor in review.
  • 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.
  • Funding emphasis will be placed on junior investigators or on investigators who are submitting an application in a new research area.


To be eligible, faculty must be:

  1. Regular full-time university faculty who are continuing in service at the university the following academic year
  2. PI must be in school other than Law School, SMHS and the GWSPH (Faculty members in the Law School, SMHS and the GWSPH cannot serve as the principal investigator (PI) but may be listed as an investigator)

Each application must have only one principal investigator (PI) listed who will be the sole contact for the application and/or award. 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:

Letter of intent (LOI) due: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by 5:00 PM (Submit LOI using InfoReady)
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Full Proposal Due: Thursday, December 13, 2018 by 5:00 PM via InfoReady

Please email [email protected] with any questions and include "UFF" in the e-mail's subject line.

Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed here.

Important Documents - UFF

Relevant Documents

UFF FY 20 Information (PDF)

Review Criteria for Research and Scholarly Projects (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Budget Template (XLS)

Department Chair Support Form

Final Report Form

Final Report Form for FY17 Recipients

Final Report Form for FY18 Recipients