Internal Funding

Internal funding opportunities are funded by Baylor University and support Baylor faculty from any academic unit in their research and related activities. The links below contain more information about each program as well as abstracts of previously funded projects.

Research Project Grants

Program Funds Available Application Deadline(s)*

Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program (CFRIP)

CFRIP is sponsored jointly by Baylor University (Waco, TX) and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX). The program provides seed funding for inter-institutional and interdisciplinary research project teams to prepare them to compete successfully for external grants. Proposals are externally peer-reviewed.

$25,000 January 28, 2019

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)

FRIP grants are awarded for the purpose of enhancing the ability of faculty to compete for external research funds. Preference is given to faculty who are doing additional research to address specific problems mentioned in critiques of a major external proposal that has previously been submitted or who are doing initial research that will serve as the foundation for a major research project that has a high probability of attracting significant external funding. Proposals are externally peer-reviewed.

$50,000 January 23, 2019

Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP)

YIDP grants are awarded for the purpose of enhancing the ability of newly appointed tenure-track faculty to compete for external research funding. Proposals are externally peer-reviewed.

$25,000 January 23, 2019

University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs (URC)

URC grants provide funding to faculty to engage in worthy research projects that would not qualify for external funding or in projects that may not yet qualify for external funding but that may provide the foundation for seeking external funding. Proposals are peer-reviewed by the URC committee.

$4,500 (Small Grants)
$7,500 (Mid-range Grants)
September 26, 2018 (fall)
February 6, 2019 (spring)

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)

AHFRP funds are primarily designed to stimulate research and creative activities and promote the strategic graduate research plans of the arts, fine arts, humanities, and education programs.

$2,000 September 26, 2018 (fall)
February 6, 2019 (spring)

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program (URSA)

Three separate grants are available through the URSA program to faculty who mentor undergraduate student research: URSA Small Grants, URSA Travel Grants, and URSA Equipment/Supply Grants. URSA Small Grants are awarded to faculty mentors to promote and expand research participation by undergraduate students, to engage students in the active faculty/student collaborative learning relationships necessary for success in all fields of research, and to expose students to resources and facilities that may stimulate their interest in pursuing research careers. Because the URSA Small Grant applications should include a budget for any expected travel or supplies related to the research project, the URSA Travel Grants and Equipment/Supply Grants are for travel, equipment, and supplies not anticipated at the time of the small grant application. URSA Travel Grants may be available to support travel for student scholars who have completed outstanding research projects and have the opportunity to present their research at an academic conference. URSA Equipment/Supply Grants may be available if the students’ ongoing research requires additional equipment and/or supplies or if some other unexpected special situation requiring funding arises during the current fiscal year. Proposals are peer-reviewed by the URSA Steering Committee.

$5,000 January 23, 2019

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship (Brown Fund)

The Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. The program gives preference to faculty applicants engaged in interdisciplinary and collaborative curriculum development and/or research projects on such issues of global importance as collaboration and conflict among followers of various world religions, the interplay of religious beliefs/practices with civil society and political authority, the eradication of illiteracy, the impact of economic development on traditional societies and global public health. Proposals are peer-reviewed by members of the University Research Committee.

$10,000 February 6, 2019



Other Research Development Support

Program Funds Available Application Deadline(s)*

Rising Star Program

Designation that provides outstanding tenure-track researchers with focused proposal preparation support, special consideration for institutional seed funding in support of their research and opportunities for face-to-face networking with funding agency officials.

Not Applicable Second Friday in September

Faculty Travel Assistance Grant Program

Matching funds to help defray the cost of travel to promote or support the development of new or expanded research programs at Baylor. Tenured/tenure-track faculty and funded principal investigators are eligible to apply.

Based on need and funding availability. Continuous

Principal Investigator Research Investment Program

Limited support to address specific issues in critiques of major (>$100K) external proposals.

$10,000 Continuous

OVPR Colloquium Support

Funding and logistical support to help bring major national and international speakers to campus. In most cases, program provides travel funding and an honorarium.

Based on need and funding availability. Average Award Amount: $750 Continuous

Conference Support Program

Seed money and logistical support to bring major regional, national or international conferences to Baylor.

Based on need and funding availability. Average Award Amount: $1,000 Continuous

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Competitively awarded 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships for Ph.D. granting departments. Initial appointments are funded for one year, with a second year extension allowed for successful fellows.

Salary and benefits for one postdoctoral researcher position. October 2, 2019

Research Equipment Acquisition Program (REAP)

Enhance the ability of faculty to retire and replace research equipment necessary to sustain an established research program. Awards may be to an individual researcher or group of researchers to support efforts to garner external funding, promote multidisciplinary research/creative activities and stimulate research development.

One-to-one cost share required.

Bridge Funding Program

Span a gap in funding for researchers who have temporarily lost significant external research support.

One-to-one cost share required.

University Sabbatical Program

Summer sabbaticals are available for full-time faculty members and lecturers. Acceptable projects must improve professional competence related to courses one teaches or will teach; include work on a scholarly or creative project; and/or be used to develop materials to be used in a course that is being taught or course that will be taught.

20% of contract salary. Applications for summer sabbaticals are submitted to the dean’s office for review by the dean and/or sabbatical committee in the first week of the October preceding the summer of the sabbatical. Recommendations from the deans are due to the Provost by the third week in October.

Internal Funding Proposal Forms:

Internal Funding Forms and Information


Contact Dr. Stacey L. Smith with questions on internal funding opportunities.
(254) 710-3252