University Facilitating Fund

Program 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, bring external recognition to the PI and university and/or demonstrate significant impact to the field of which they belong.

  • In disciplines where external funding is readily available, the potential for UFF activities to lead to external funding will be a primary factor in review.
  • In disciplines where external funding sources are more limited (e.g., arts and humanities), the scholarly merits of the program or project will be weighted heavily.

Emphasis will be placed on junior investigators, first-time applicants, and investigators who are proposing work in a new area of research and scholarship. Proposals to continue or extend previous work will be considered and prioritized accordingly.

Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to articulate how the proposed research and scholarship supports one or more of the university's academic priorities, which include: 

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Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible, faculty must be:

  1. Full-time, regular active status faculty who are continuing in service at GW the following academic year.
  2. PI must be in a school other than the Law School, SMHS or GWSPH. (Faculty members in the Law School, SMHS and GWSPH cannot serve as the PI, but may be listed as an investigator.)
  3. PIs who have not fulfilled reporting requirements from previous intramural competitions are eligible, but will have to complete outstanding reporting requirements prior to receiving funds. In cases where reporting is grossly delinquent, the application may be rejected. 

Each application must list only one principal investigator (PI), who will be the sole contact for the application and/or award. A faculty member may submit only one proposal as the PI and may not designate another faculty member to serve as PI. An award for consecutive years for the same project is permissible if sufficient progress and justification for continued funding is demonstrated and outlined in the application.


Full Proposal Due: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 1:00 PM ET via InfoReady.

All required documents for the UFF competition can be found in the  OVPR-InfoReady portal. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the submission process or supporting documentation. Please include "UFF" in the subject line of your email.

View the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

View the FY24 UFF Recipients