University Facilitating Fund

Purpose

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.

Eligibility

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. Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor or Research Scientist AND have less than $100,000 in total active funding as of Friday, October 20, 2017, UNLESS submitting for a new field of research (it may be considered new if this is a field of research for which the PI has not received external funding)
    • If submitting for a new field of research, faculty does not have to be an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor or Research Scientist and may have more than $100,000 in total active funding as of Friday, October 20, 2017.
  3. 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

Deadlines for the upcoming competition have been scheduled:

Letter of intent (LOI) due: Friday October 20, 2017, at 5:00PM (Submit LOI using InfoReady)
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Invitation to Submit from OVPR: Monday, October 30, 2017
Full Proposal Due: Wednesday December 6, 2017, at 5:00PM

Please email reshelp@gwu.edu with any questions and include "UFF" in the e-mail's subject line.

Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed here.

Important Documents - UFF