Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI)

Request for Proposals


The Office of the Dean for Research at Princeton University invites proposals for collaborative research projects as part of an initiative called the Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI). PACRI provides innovation funds to support research projects co-led by principal investigators from Princeton and from a PACRI partner institution.

The PACRI partner institutions are Howard University, Jackson State University (JSU), Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), Spelman College and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Learn more about PACRI.

Faculty from all disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, are encouraged to apply. Proposals should be developed jointly by a project team consisting of Princeton and partner-institution faculty members. The proposal must be submitted by the Princeton faculty member on behalf of the project team.

PI Eligibility

Projects must include at least one PI at Princeton University and one PI at the PACRI partner institution. All Princeton faculty and staff eligible for PI status are encouraged to apply.


This fund is not accepting proposals at this time.

Creating a Proposal

Researchers from Princeton and from the five HBCU partner institutions are encouraged to reach out directly to one another about collaborating.

Princeton University faculty with questions about PACRI should contact Kelly Freidenfelds in Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations at Princeton University at [email protected]

Faculty from PACRI partner institutions can reach out to their campus liaison:


Projects will receive funding from Princeton University for two years, up to a maximum of $250,000 per project. The project start date will be July 1, 2023.

Allowable Expenses

Allowable expenses include support for research assistants, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers, faculty research visits, and equipment, materials and supplies directly connected to the research project. Budgets should include travel expenses for the PACRI partner institution’s PI and/or research team to attend an annual PACRI program meeting. Princeton’s core research facilities and library resources may be used for projects, and these fees should be included in project budgets. Capital expenses, indirect costs and salary for the Princeton PI/co-PI are not allowed. Tuition for graduate students at Princeton University is allowed and should be charged at the full rate. Equipment purchases and salary for the PACRI partner institution and other collaborating faculty will be reviewed for each project.

Proposal Preparation Instructions

Please use the template provided in the application portal. The application should be submitted by the Princeton PI and includes:

  • A one-paragraph project summary
  • A project narrative that addresses the sub-topics listed in the template (3-page limit)
  • A budget narrative for both the Princeton and PACRI partner budgets (4-page limit)
  • An Excel spreadsheet that captures both the Princeton and PACRI partner budgets
  • References, if applicable
  • Curriculum Vitae for the Princeton and PACRI Partner PI (3-page limit per c.v.)
  • A letter of endorsement from a PACRI partner’s authorized institutional representative

Click the link under “Supporting Documents” in the application portal to download the template and budget spreadsheet. Princeton PIs are strongly encouraged to work with their departmental grants managers to develop the budget and budget narrative.

Submission Information

The Princeton PI must submit one complete proposal, combined into a single PDF, and separate budget spreadsheet (in Excel) through the application portal.

Review Criteria

A committee comprised of faculty members from Princeton and the PACRI partner institution will review the proposals and make funding recommendations based on quality, originality, and potential impact. Successful proposals will demonstrate a commitment to genuine collaboration, reflected in the research plan and budget.

Call for Proposals


This fund is not accepting proposals at this time.


Up to a maximum of $250,000 per project.


Princeton faculty members should apply on behalf of the project team through the application portal (NetID required to log in).


Kelly Freidenfelds
Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations 
[email protected]