Fund Details
RO INTERNAL: GUR (2019-2020)


The University of Delaware provides for assistance to full-time faculty for individual research and through "General University Research (GUR) Grants." The main purpose of the GUR program is to assist faculty with research, scholarly or creative projects, with preference given to early career faculty members. These merit-based grants are administered by the Vice President for Research Scholarship and Innovation, who is advised by the Research Committee of the Faculty Senate. The Research Committee recommends allocation of the funds available for the year, evaluates applications, and recommends those to be supported. Proposals involving interdisciplinary research are especially encouraged.


All full-time faculty members are eligible to apply for GUR grants.  Although there is no restriction on the number of awards an individual may receive over the years, all other factors being equal, preference will be given to faculty that have not received awards previously. Applicants who have received a GUR anytime between June 2017 and June 2019 are NOT eligible to submit for this round. Also, in considering new applications from previous awardees, the committee will review the required final reports from their prior GUR awards to determine whether past awards were used productively to benefit the applicant's research programs. No additional awards will be made to applicants who have failed to complete previous GUR progress reports.

Application Information:


The primary purpose of the research grant is to advance the scholarship or creative activities of the recipient.  Proposals are evaluated by the Faculty Senate Research Committee with supplemental reviews provided by others with expertise including previous GUR recipients. Given the diversity in backgrounds of committee members, applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare applications that are understandable by a broad but educated audience. Proposals that fail to follow submission guidelines may be returned without review.

Applications are evaluated using the following guidelines:
1.  Proposals are primarily evaluated relative to:
  • Significance of the problems/quality of the idea

  • Adequacy of the research plan

  • Justification of resources/appropriateness of timeline

  • Promise of development/potential of outside funding

2.  Special consideration will be given to projects which:
  • Assist untenured faculty members with research, scholarship, or creative products.

  • Are preliminary in nature and therefore not readily fundable by other mechanisms.

  • Provide graduate student support and training.

  • Require additional support to complete an ongoing project.

3.  Travel for professional development may be supported as part of the research project provided it is  well justified within the scope of the proposed project.

General University Research grants are awarded on the basis of eligibility and merit and administered by the UD Research Office. Proposals are screened for eligibility by the university. Evaluations of merit and award recommendations are made by the University’s Faculty Senate Research Committee based on the rubric found at All proposals must be approved by department and college leadership. Final determination of awards is made by the Vice President for Research Scholarship and Innovation and is based on funding availability and notice of award. Funding rates of proposals for the past few years range from 40% to 46%.

The Research Committee consists of the Vice President for Research Scholarship and Innovation (or Research Office designee) and eight faculty members (one of whom serves as the chair). Membership to the committee is restricted to established and active researchers. Four members are chosen from the arts, humanities and social sciences and four from the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Begin Accepting Applications Date:
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
2/11/2020 5:00 PM