New Pilot Research Grant program is available

The Provost’s Office and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have announced a new WFU Pilot Research Grant (WFU-PRG) program to replace the Science Research Fund (SRF) and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science Research (SBE) Fund.

The new program’s purpose is to help faculty in various disciplines to secure external funding for their research projects. Winning such funding has become more difficult, and proposals with preliminary data are much more competitive. PRG seed money supports preliminary data acquisition to establish feasibility, capability, and promise.

Upon submission of an external proposal, faculty may re-apply to this fund at once, circumventing the previous two-year waiting period, and allowing faculty to use internal awards to sustain continuous research activity.

Proposals should clearly establish the likelihood of obtaining external funding and a specific plan to do so.

General criteria and review procedures remain similar to those for the previous SRF and SBE funds. Basic application information can be found at Direct general questions to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (5888).