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Research Council

The Rutgers Research Council is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 Subventions.

The deadline for is 5 p.m. December 6, 2017.

Guidelines for Subventions

The Rutgers Research Council is not currently accepting proposals for small grants.
Check back in Spring 2018.

The Research Council received 83 applications from faculty members universitywide last year.

After extensive review, the Council awarded 60 grants for 2016-17, which averaged $2,100 each.

About the Program 
The Research Council is a faculty committee that advises the Office of Research and Economic Development on a special program that provides small grants to faculty every year. These awards are made as the result of peer review of requests submitted by the faculty for funding of research and creative work. The Council also provides subvention for scholarly publications. The Council’s programs are financed using State funds. All awards are made on a basis of merit, although priority is given to new faculty members.

Description of the Program
By means of small grants, the Research Council supports studies leading to significant outside funding and publication in all fields of learning represented in the University as well as for creative work in the arts. Applicants may request funds for a variety of research needs, such as equipment and supplies, research assistance, publication subvention, research colloquia and essential travel related to research – in short, funds to cover expenses directly related to research and other creative endeavors. Requests for wages of labor must be justified fully in convincing detail.
Applicants may request a maximum of $5,000. Award amounts may be less, depending upon the number of applications recommended for funding. Requests exceeding $5,000 will not be reviewed.  Priority will be given to proposals from faculty who have not received an award in the past three (3) years.

Only full-time members of the Rutgers faculty at the time of application may apply. This designation includes non-tenure-track, tenure-track, and tenured faculty. The following are not eligible to apply: coadjutant appointees, teaching and research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting faculty members. All awards are made on the basis of merit, although priority is given to tenure-track faculty in their first or second three-year probationary appointment who have not yet been evaluated for tenure. 
Please note:  Faculty who have received a research grant, excluding a subvention, in the most recent award cycle are not eligible to apply in this cycle.  Priority will be given to proposals from faculty who have not received an award in the past 3 years.

Faculty members in the biomedical sciences may apply to the Research Council or to the Busch program, but not to both, for support of a health-related research project. Since Research Council funds are in extremely short supply and must be used for all disciplines, faculty members in the biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to make the Busch program their priority.  Proposals to the Research Council in this discipline should be of a scope and scale appropriate to this funding mechanism.

For your reference, please download the following documents before you try to submit your application.  The Electronic Submission Instructions are step-by-step screen shots of the application.

Research Council Grants Program Guidelines

Electronic Submission Instructions