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Internal Funding Opportunities – Overview

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) supports faculty research, scholarship, and creative endeavors through a wide range of internal funding programs.  OVPR internal grants serve as high-leverage, strategic investments in outstanding faculty research projects that are at critical stages of development.  Our internal funding mechanisms are designed to competitively identify projects that fit our key funding criteria–projects that meet the highest disciplinary standards for excellence and are at a “tipping point” where specific work can lead to breakthroughs, external funding, and/or significant recognition. Recognizing that those crucial moments occur at various stages of the research process (and require different levels of funding to address, depending on your discipline), OVPR internal funding programs include large and small dollar mechanisms that focus on seed funding, completion/publication funding, and commercialization funding.

If you are a UConn/UConn Health faculty member who has a project that is ready to move to the next level, we invite you to browse our program guidelines to learn more.  You are also welcome to contact us (research@uconn.edu) to ask questions and to discuss which mechanisms are best suited to meet your needs.

The OVPR-Research Development Services (OVPR-RDS) team is excited to host (virtual) Teams Internal Funding Office Hours where faculty can share their novel seed grant project ideas and ask questions about the internal funding competitions.

Click to sign up for a time slot

Office hours for all awards are:

  • Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m.


Overview of FY 24 – FY 25 Internal Funding Opportunity Timelines (Last updated 1/24/24)


Applications open

Applications due (12 noon)

Target for Notifications

SFF Fall (Storrs/Regional Campuses only) FY25
3/01/2024 6/01/2024 7/01/2024
CRISP FY24 3/01/2024 5/06/2024 8/01/2024
REP FY24 9/15/2023 12/15/2023 5/15/2024
SCHARP FY24 9/15/2023 12/15/2023 5/15/2024
CARIC FY24 9/15/2023 12/15/2023 3/15/2024
SFF Spring (Storrs/Regional Campuses only) FY24 7/12/2023 12/01/2023 1/01/2024
SPARK FY24 9/15/2023 10/23/2023 (LOI) – 1/30/2024 (Full proposal due by invitation only) 4/01/2024
UConn Quantum Startup Awards 8/15/2023 10/30/2023 2/01/2024
UConn Quantum Innovation Seed Grants 8/21/2023 10/30/2023 2/01/2024
UConn Innovations in Quantum STEM Education 8/21/2023 10/30/2023 2/01/2024
JEDI FY25 The next cycle will be held in Spring, 2025


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Open for Applications In Review