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Internal Funding Opportunities

*Note: the submission deadline for the FY20 Research Excellence Program has been extended from 12/15/20 until 1/4/21*
The fundamental goals of the Office of the Vice President for Research internal funding support programs are to enhance the research climate at the University of Connecticut by promoting faculty and graduate student research and to help faculty in all disciplines move into a better position to generate external funding for their scholarly and creative activities. In addition to funding opportunities and emergency grant support, the Office of the Vice President provides Research Development Services including grantwriting seminars and workshops, proposal development services, and technical assistance.

Overview of FY21 Internal Funding Opportunity Timelines (updated 12/10/2020)


Applications open

Applications due

Target for Notifications

SPARK FY20 June 15 July 24 (LOI), November 2 (Full app by invitation only) December 15
START Q1 Cancelled in FY21 Cancelled in FY21 Cancelled in FY21
COVID-RSF August 28 September 11 September 18
COVID-RSF2 September 30 October 16 Early November
START Q2 October 1 November 1 December 1
REP October 1 Extended until 1/4/21 End of April
CARIC October 1 December 15 February 1
SCHARP October 1 December 15 March 1
START Q3 January 1 February 15 March 15
START Q4 April 1 May 1 June 1
SPARK FY21 May 1 June 15 (LOI),  August 15 (Full app by invitation only) November 1



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Complete Open for Applications In Review