Fund Details
RO INTERNAL: UDRF-SI (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.

Established in 2008, the University of Delaware Research Foundation Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI) program supports innovative, collaborative, scientific research proposals with potential for high impact that align with the University’s strategic priorities, broadly defined (  An UDRF-SI proposal must involve a collaboration between an untenured, tenure-track faculty member, and a senior faculty member, who serves as both a mentor and a research collaborator.


UDRF Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI) grants support high-quality, collaborative research proposals that address challenges facing society and align with UD’s strategic priorities. 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. Teams must include at least one tenured faculty member and one untenured, tenure-track faculty member. Any untenured, tenure track faculty Principal Investigator who has previously received a UDRF-SI grant is not eligible.  Collaborating tenured faculty who have received UDRF funding in the past are 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 recipients and to advance the University’s strategic initiatives. Selection for funding will be based on:

-    Intellectual Merit:  Does the proposal encompass the potential to advance knowledge in their domain which must be in one of the President's initiative areas? (40%)

-      Collaboration:  Does the proposal require the expertise of both collaborators?  Does the proposal enable each investigator to do novel work as a result of the proposed collaboration that they could not do alone? (20%)

-      Mentoring Plan:  Does the proposal include a substantive mentoring plan?  (10%)

-      Likelihood of completion in 1-2 years (10%)

-   Likelihood of Future External Funding (20%)

-    Does the proposal include clear achievable goals within the proposal timeline which will likely lead to new external funding.

Begin Accepting Applications Date:
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
8/30/2019 5:00 PM