Recognizing that unconventional or untested ideas can be difficult to fund through conventional sources, the University created the Dean for Research Innovation Funds to make such explorations possible.
These competitive innovation funds encourage faculty to explore bold new ideas in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as foster collaboration between artists and scientists or engineers, and new collaborations with industry.
Learn about previously funded projects in our report, Dean for Research Innovation Funds 2014-2020 (PDF or online), issued May 19, 2021, surveying the impact of the first seven years of the program.
Explore the opportunities below to find fund descriptions, summaries of winning projects, and submission deadlines.
Supports fundamental, open-ended research on energy solutions.