Fund Details
UDRF SI (2018-2019)



The University of Delaware Research Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization for the support of fundamental research in all fields of science. Although an independent corporation, it is chartered primarily to support the University's research mission. In 1994, the UDRF Board of Trustees redefined its mission to focus on assisting early-career permanent faculty as follows:

“The Mission of UDRF is to support the research mission of the University of Delaware in strengthening research and increasing national and international distinction of select graduate programs. In so doing, we will:

· Provide grants supporting the highest quality engineering and scientific research;
· Focus on assisting early-career, untenured, tenure-track faculty in areas of primary interest to the University, and
· Provide funds that supplement, but do not supplant, funds available from the University or other sources.”

Established in 2008, the UDRF- Strategic Initiatives program supports high-quality, collaborative, scientific research projects in alignment with the University’s new strategic plan, Delaware Will Shine (DWS). Proposals should address one or more of the seven grand challenges in DWS.  In addition, the UDRF- SI program requires a joint proposal from an untenured, tenure-track faculty member and a tenured faculty member.



UDRF Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI) grants will support high-quality, collaborative research projects in the emphasis areas above, broadly construed. Grants are primarily in the fields of engineering and the natural and physical sciences. However, any proposal that uses scientific methods and promises quantitative results is eligible for a grant regardless of academic focus or departments. Teams should include one tenured faculty member and one early-career, untenured, tenure-track faculty member. Previous recipients of UDRF-SI grants are not eligible to apply. Faculty may apply and receive both a UDRF and UDRF-SI grant. However, only one award may be received per calendar year.  The tenured faculty member may or may not be a recipient of prior UDRF and/or UDRF-SI funds.

Application Information:


The primary purpose of the research grant is to further the professional development of the recipients and to advance the University’s strategic initiatives. Selection for funding will be based on:

·  Originality and importance of the research (40%)
·  Contribution to the University’s strategic initiatives (20%)
·  Likelihood of completion in 18 months and/or of leading to significant, continuing funding by outside sources (20%)
·  Mentoring plan and benefit to early-career faculty member (20%)