Fund Details
RO INTERNAL: UDRF (2019-2020)


The University of Delaware Research Foundation, Inc. (UDRF) 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 only early-career permanent faculty who provide grants supporting the highest quality engineering and scientific research.


UDRF grants support high-quality engineering and scientific research proposals by untenured, tenure-track faculty.  In the past, grants have been primarily in the fields of engineering and the natural and physical sciences.  However, any proposal that uses scientific methods and promises potential of future externally sponsored funding is eligible.  Grants will not be awarded to tenured faculty.  Any untenured, tenure track faculty Principal Investigator who has previously received a UDRF is not eligible. Eligible faculty may apply to both the UDRF and UDRF-SI programs in a calendar year.  However, only one award may be received per calendar year. 

Application Information:


The primary purpose of the research grant is to further the professional development of the recipient. In order to be selected for funding, the proposal must:
  • Be an original and important contribution (40%)
  • Be something the faculty member might be expected to complete in 1-2 years (20%)
  • If successful, lead to significant, continuing funding by outside sources (e.g. NIH, NSF, DoE, DoD, USDA, State, Foundations, Private Sector, etc.) (30%)
  • Have clarity of presentation (10%)
Note:  For investigators with significant present funding, there must be a clear explanation/justification of how this proposal is different from the present funding of the principal investigator.

Begin Accepting Applications Date:
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
1/23/2020 12:00 PM