Sponsored Research

Internal Awards Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Internal Awards Program is to foster excellence in research and scholarship by USF faculty and support activities aimed at securing extramural funding. In the allocation of funds across program categories, the highest priority is given to initiatives aimed at funding activities likely to enable leveraging for additional extramural funding and initiatives aimed at scholarly activities for which availability of extramural funding is extremely limited.

The Selection Process for Research/Scholarship Grants: How it Works

The Internal Awards Program is administered through USF Research & Innovation and Sponsored Research. The Call for Proposals, released during the fall and spring, requests applications and details the available grant types and time frame of each competitive cycle. The grant cycles are posted simultaneously on the IAP website. A number of USF faculty, across multiple disciplines, serves as proposal reviewers for this peer review process. The grant programs, Creative Scholarship, New Researcher, and Proposal Enhancement, may fund pilot, draft or preliminary studies/projects that will lead to published research/scholarship; however, the ultimate aim is to launch productive programs of research that will result in successful grant proposals to agencies and/or foundations to support research at USF.

1. Guidelines
2. Proposal Writing Resources
3. Contacts      
4. Prior Internal Award Recipients   
5. Related USF Policies & Procedures    
6. Internal Award Manuals & Forms


(Applications Available Date of Call)

Internal Awards Competition Schedule 2019-2020 (PDF)

Creative Scholarship Grant
Submission Deadline: TBD
Creative Scholarship Grant Guidelines (PDF)

New Researcher Grant
Submission Deadline: TBD
New Researcher Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Proposal Enhancements Grant
Submission Deadline: TBD
Proposal Enhancements Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Proposal Writing Resources


Prior Internal Award Recipients

Related USF Policies & Procedures

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Internal Award Manuals & Forms

Creative Scholarship

New Researcher

Proposal Enhancement

Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Excellence in Innovation Award for period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020
(FY 2020)

  • Nominations for FY 2020 closed until Fall 2020