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Internal Funding Opportunities

Please note that these programs and deadlines are subject to change. We invite potential applicants to visit program websites to determine the most current applicant information.

Always check with your college office for internal funding opportunities, for example, the College of Arts and Sciences Support of Faculty Research website provides a list of funding programs supporting the social sciences, arts & humanities, and regional campus faculty.

Applications due in January

Title: Mershon Center for International Security Studies Faculty Research Grants

Funding amount: varies by project

Description: The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. Our understanding of international security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived. Please note that as of 2019 research grant funds will no longer cover speaker series and conferences, which will be judged in a separate competition.

Title: Mershon Center for International Security Studies Student Research Grants

Funding amount: varies by project

Description: The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. Our understanding of international security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived..

Title: Risk Institute Request for Proposals for Research on Risk Management

Funding amount: Up to $30,000

Description: The Risk Institute at the Fisher College of Business invites area-specific and interdisciplinary proposals to fund research covering all areas of risk management.

Applications due in February

Title: Global Gateway Graduate Student Research Abroad Grant

Funding amount:Up to $1,000

Description:The Global Gateway Graduate Student Research Abroad Grant encourages and promotes the professional and academic development of graduate student researchers at The Ohio State University by providing financial support that allows students to undertake thesis or dissertation research abroad, and thus work toward the completion of their degree. Awardees also will assist the University pursue its strategic international goals by creating and bolstering relations with universities and other institutions across the world.

Title: Images of Research

Funding amount: varies by project

Description: Organized by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OUR&CI), the Images of Research + Arts Competition is an interdisciplinary exhibit to showcase the scope and diversity of research and artistic endeavors undertaken by OSU undergraduates. We invite OSU undergraduates to capture, describe, and share the crux of their research or artistic endeavors using one still image.

Title: Karen A. Holbrook Fund for Undergraduate Summer Research

Funding amount: $8000 maximum

Description: The Karen A. Holbrook Fund was established by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University (OSU), with gifts from Dr. Karen Holbrook, as well as gifts from colleagues, friends and family in honor of Dr. Holbrook's distinguished career as the 13th OSU President. The purpose of the Karen A. Holbrook Fund Award program is to provide financial support to OSU undergraduates seeking to conduct research or creative projects in an international setting during summer term.

Title: The Byrd Fellowship Program

Funding amount: Varies

Description: This program provides fellowships at The Ohio State University for postdoctoral researchers with superior academic backgrounds who are pursuing advanced research on topics relevant to polar and alpine environments as well as global climate change. Postdoctoral fellows must have received their Ph.D. within five years of selection. Except for fieldwork and other fellowship related research activities that require absence from campus, Byrd Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center during the tenure of their fellowship.

Title: Ohio Sea Grant College Small Grant Program

Funding amount: $10,000

Description: Ohio Sea Grant’s small grants program accepts proposals requesting $10,000. These proposals should include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) summary and budget forms (90-2 and 90-4, respectively), and a budget justification. Letters of support are not mandatory for small grant applications but are encouraged. Each small grant application requires a 50% match. The 90-2 and 90-4 forms can be downloaded at the left. Any questions related to this funding source can be directed to Chris Winslow.

Title: Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

Funding amount: $4560

Description: The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) is seeking applications from OSU full-time undergraduates who seek to carry out a research or creative project in their field(s) and have previously not received funding (e.g., research grants, salaried research position) to support their involvement in a research or creative project.

Applications due in March

Title: Tinker Foundation Field Research Grants

Funding amount: $3,000

Description: The Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grants Program is designed to provide budding scholars with a first-hand experience of their region of study, regardless of academic discipline. The grants provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation research. These awards allow students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies, conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations, and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their respective fields.

Title: Research and Implementation Grants

Funding amount: Up to $7,500

Description: The Ohio State University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) is requesting proposals for projects that advance implementation and/or research of instructional best practices in OSU courses and make contributions to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) [1] or Discipline-based Education Research (DBER) [2].

Title: Ohio Sea Grant College Large Grant Program

Funding amount: $60,000

Description: The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is requesting pre-proposals for one- or two-year research projects on Great Lakes issues with particular significance to Ohio and Lake Erie. Our preference is to support a diversity of projects.

Applications due in April

Title: ODEE grants

Funding amount: $15,000

Description: Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education & eLearning (ODEE) offers expertise and funding to improve both faculty and students’ experiences. Learn about what’s currently available below.

Applications due in May

Title: STEAM-Powered Projects

Funding amount: $5,000

Description: STEAM-Powered Projects are interdisciplinary projects or collaborations among one or more STEAM Factory members working across disciplines. The overall mission of this grant is to foster seed-funding for innovate ideas that otherwise may not be fundable in its current form. We consider this grant to be setting the stage for high-risk / high-reward endeavors. Matching external funding is strongly encouraged although not required. Each contributing STEAM member must have a clearly defined role in the project. Letters of support from department or division Chairs are also highly recommended. Maximum funding is $5,000 per STEAM Factory member contributing to the collaboration with a maximum total of $25,000 per project. For examples of previously funded projects please see the STEAM Factory website.

Applications due in September

Title: FFH-FIC Seed Grant Competition

Funding amount: Up to $25,000

Description: The FFH-FIC Seed Grant Competition is a university-wide initiative with a primary goal of advancing the use of metabolomics-based technology in food and nutritional research for the improvement of global health. Successful proposals will focus on food and nutritional metabolomics, are innovative, collaborative, create value, result in professional presentations and peer review publications, and stimulate extramural grants.

Title: EHE ORIC Seed Grant

Funding amount: $10,000 to $20,000

Description: The College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) Office of Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ORIC) sponsors a yearly competitive seed grant/mentoring program that offers early stage faculty an opportunity to identify a faculty mentor inside and outside the college/university to partner with them on obtaining pilot data for the development of a future grant application. The program is general in nature in order to be as inclusive as possible of the varied research interests across the College. Special consideration is given to those projects that focus on underserved and under-represented groups including low-and moderate-income populations, recent immigrants, rural groups, communities of color, at-risk youth, the elderly, LGBTQ, and other populations that are traditionally underserved and underrepresented.

Applications due in October

Title: ENGIE-Axium Alliance for the American Dream

Funding amount: $250,000

Description: To support the mission of helping Ohio families, the university is expanding funding for the second round of proposals of the Alliance for the American Dream. Through its partnership with ENGIE-Axium, the university is dedicating $250,000 in funding to pilot one or two ideas. Ideas selected for funding will support the Alliance mission of helping Ohio families. Proposals are not required to have an energy component.

Title: Ohio Plant Biotechnology Consortium Grants

Funding amount: $25,000 to $75,000

Description: The CAPS mission is to build synergy that illuminates basic biological concepts and ultimately translate these developments into applications that offer practical solutions to important problems. CAPS provides affiliated members with support and tools for novel discoveries, commercialization and, ultimately, economic development opportunities. CAPS fosters this work by building collaborative teams, attracting world-class faculty, and actively developing partnerships with industry and government.

Title: Institute for Population Research Seed Grant

Funding amount: $15,000 - $85,000

Description: IPR offers seed grants to nurture research projects consistent with IPR’s mission to promote population science research. IPR favors multi-disciplinary collaboration. We especially encourage applications from junior faculty, and from faculty new to population and health research.

Title: Critical Difference Professional Development Grant

Funding amount: $1,000

Description: Professional Development Grants for Women are designed to facilitate professional development and career mobility of women. Faculty and staff who have been continuously employed at Ohio State for at least one year; full-time undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above; and full-time graduate/professional students are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Grant.

Title: OSU Materials Research Seed Grants

Funding amount: $40,000 to $100,000

Description: The CEM is one of three partners in the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program. This integrated seed program, open to the entire materials research community at The Ohio State University, was started in 2010 to jointly leverage the resources of CEM, the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). The result is a unified program with three Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding excellence in materials research of varying scopes. List of funding opportunities: (1) Proto-IRG Grants, (2) Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, (3) Exploratory Materials Research Grants.

Applications due in November

Title: Grants-in-Aid of Research

Funding amount: $300 to $500

Description: The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi solicits applications from graduate and undergraduate students for Grants-in-Aid of Research. Applications will be judged on the basis of (1) significance of the research, (2) quality of the research plan, (3) budget justification, 4) strength and specificity of the faculty sponsor’s letter of support, and (5) the applicant’s scientific potential. For helpful tips, please see http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/tip.shtml (but note that a detailed budget justification is not as important for this award as for a grant from the national Sigma Xi.)

Title: BETHA (Batelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs)

Funding amount: $10,000 to $60,000

Description: BETHA places a strong emphasis on educational and public service programs rather than research. In general, pure research programs are not funded by Battelle Endowment. Similarly, proposals that seek only to acquire technology (e.g., to purchase computers or other equipment) are not generally competitive for Battelle Endowment funding. Proposals that merely seek to use technology, rather than explore its consequences, will not be competitive. Interdisciplinary collaborations within the University and finite-term collaborations with other institutions are especially encouraged.

Title: Accelerator Awards

Funding amount: Up to $150,000

Description: The Accelerator Award program aims to generate the proof needed to advance Ohio State technologies to the point that they are either ready to be licensed by an Ohio-based startup company or are determined to be unfeasible for commercialization. The program is funded by the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) and administered through Ohio State’s Corporate Engagement Office. The Ohio Third Frontier aims to create greater economic growth in Ohio through the creation of startup companies that commercialize technologies developed by Ohio higher education institutions.

Title: Department of Internal Medicine Junior Investigator Award

Funding amount: Up to $50,000

Description:This award is intended for junior faculty preferably, but not necessarily, with mentored career development awards such as K grants or foundation grants that will lead to submission of an R01 or equivalent award. It is designed to support highly accomplished new investigators. ‘New Investigator’ is defined as per the NIH guidelines. This a one year award and provides $50,000 for the proposed research. Applicant must be nominated by the Division Director. Up to 2 faculty may be nominated from each Division. Please contact Laura Hanley (Laura.Hanley@osumc.edu) should you have additional questions.

Title: Department of Internal Medicine Multi-Investigator Award

Funding amount: Up to $75,000

Description:This award is intended to support multi-disciplinary teams, strongly positioned to submit large grants (P01, U- or MPI grants). Teams must already be in place and demonstrate a history of collaboration and a clear potential. This is a one year award, which provides $75,000 for the proposed work. A P01, U or other multi-Investigator grant must be submitted within one year of receiving this funding. Please contact Laura Hanley (Laura.Hanley@osumc.edu) should you have additional questions.

Title: Department of Internal Medicine Bridge Awards

Funding amount: Up to $50,000

Description:Funding will be provided for competitive renewal applications that were not funded on the first submission, at the level of an R01 or equivalent. The revised grant must be resubmitted within one year of receiving this funding. This is a one year award and provides $50,000 for the proposed work. Please contact Laura Hanley (Laura.Hanley@osumc.edu) should you have additional questions.

Applications due in December

Title: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Translational Science and Human Health Pilot Grant

Funding amount: Up to $50,000

Description: The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to stimulate and support transformative, innovative, interdisciplinary pilot and early-stage studies that will leverage the power and impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning in new fields and applications and/or brings a new approach to the design or implementation of AI solutions. There is no field of study restriction and these grants are open to all scientists including scientists from bioinformatics, computer programing, biostatistics, and other computer programing related disciplines. All pilot projects must be completed within one year and lead to new knowledge to enhance human health and behavior, lengthen life, and reduce illness, disability and health disparities.

Contact Us

For questions, please reach out to:

Samantha Grevas
Coordinator, Scholarly Awards and Prizes
grevas.3s@osu.edu | 614-688-3430

Jeff Agnoli

Jeff Agnoli
Education, Funding, and Research Development
agnoli.1@osu.edu | 614-292-6269


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