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Faculty Research Grant Program

The University of Tulsa Faculty Research Grant Program provides funds for faculty seeking to develop proposals suitable for external funding, publication or juried exhibition.  We encourage you to contact Debra Owen at 918-631-2714 if you have any questions.


Completed applications must be accompanied by a description of the proposed research not to exceed five pages, not including references. The proposal should be written in language that can be understood by a reader outside the discipline and be signed by the applicant’s Department Chair and Collegiate Dean.


Completed applications must be received at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, McClure Hall, Room 201, by April 1st in order to be eligible for support during the summer or fall. Announcement of the awards for this period will be made April 15th. Applications for the spring period must be received by November 1st with announcement of awards November 15th.  Special circumstances may warrant a change in the deadline dates.  


Any full-time faculty member (including Instructor), Visiting Assistant Professor or higher, or Research Associate is eligible to apply for research support under this program. Adjunct faculty are not eligible. These grants are intended for, but not restricted to, the support of full-time faculty members on continuing appointment or in a continuing appointment-eligible track. The quality and merit of the proposal, as well as scholarly activity that would eventually yield publication and/or presentation of the results, or proposals for external funding are the key criteria used in evaluating the proposals. Faculty members on sabbatical leave are not eligible for grant support during the sabbatical. A grant recipient may hold only one grant at a time, but may seek additional support the following semester if the proposed work is completed. An applicant who has received an award in the past three years, but failed to submit the required final report, will not be considered for an award. In the case of continuing research, a progress report must be submitted before additional support can be considered. Additionally, recipients may not receive funding from other university-sponsored research programs such as the Shark Tank Kick-Start program or the Faculty Development Summer Fellowship program during the same fiscal year as the Faculty Research Grant.

Size of Grants

The maximum grant awarded will not exceed $4,000, which is also the cap on funds received during one fiscal year. Requests approaching this maximum amount should be significant proposals and ideally leading toward externally-sponsored research.


It is assumed that support requested from this program cannot be obtained through other sources; such efforts must be documented on the application form. All grants are to be used to cover research expenses. Costs of clerical assistance, travel, specialized research equipment, supplies, materials, and costs associated with inter-library loans are included. The only off-campus expenses permitted are reproduction, duplication, or instrumentation usage.


If your project involves the use of human subjects, a protocol must have been approved by the IRB or the protocol must be submitted to the IRB at the time of application.  If IRB approval has previously been obtained you must include the IRB approval letter with your application. View IRB Institutional Review Board – Protection of Human Subjects policies.

If your research involves the use of animals, a protocol must have been approved by the IACUC or the protocol must be submitted to the IACUC at the time of application.  If IACUC approval has previously been obtained you must include the IACUC approval letter with your application. View IACUC – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee policies.

If your research involves the use of infectious agents, select agents and toxins, human or endothermic vertebrate materials (including blood, body fluids, cells and tissues), recombinant DNA, synthetic nucleic acid molecules or transgenic animals, the protocol may require Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) review and approval. Please contact Dr. Estelle Levetin (918-631-2764) to determine if IBC approval is necessary prior to submitting the proposal.  The Department Chair must sign indicating that the proposal has been reviewed for these biosafety considerations. View more on the IBC – Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Faculty working with chemicals must attend a Laboratory Standard Training Session once every three years while at The University of Tulsa.  Please contact your department for information regarding this training.


All requests for support must be in connection with a specific research project. Projects supported may be currently underway or may be in the process of initiation but no expenses incurred prior to the beginning of the grant may be reimbursed. In many cases, work supported under the Grant Program may be oriented toward preparation of applications for support from outside sources. Research directed toward completion of a dissertation will not be supported. Per diem for food associated with research travel will not be funded by this program. Scholarly research for the preparation of a manuscript for a book will be considered by the review committee; textbook preparation will not be considered.  Incomplete applications cannot be evaluated.

Any publication resulting from a funded project should acknowledge support from The University of Tulsa Faculty Research Grant Program. Books, documents, microfilm, etc., purchased with grant funds should be retained by the University Library upon completion of the research project. Equipment purchased with these funds is also property of The University of Tulsa.

Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients are required to submit a final report to the Office of Research upon completion of the research. In the case of continuing research, a progress report must be submitted before an application for continuing support may be considered.

A final report on the project should include a summary of activities, findings, and a financial statement. This report should also include when publications, presentations, performances, shows, or proposals to external funding are planned that is an outgrowth of this research. The status of these proposals to external funding agencies (i.e., funded, declined or pending) should be indicated.

Faculty Research Grant Program