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 Purpose Funds Available Application Deadline(s)*

Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program (CFRIP)

Promote collaborative projects involving Baylor University faculty and colleagues from Baylor Scott & White Health and Baylor College of Medicine. Proposals are externally peer-reviewed. $25,000 January 22, 2018

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)

Provide seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to make faculty more competitive for external funding. Proposals are externally peer-reviewed. $25,000 January 31, 2018

Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP)

Enhance the ability of newly-appointed faculty (within their first four years of appointment) to compete successfully for external research funds. Proposals are externally peer-reviewed. $25,000 January 31, 2018

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

Support projects and programs promoting faculty research and scholarship and strengthening efforts to secure external funding. Proposals are peer-reviewed by the URC committee. $4,500 (Small Grants)
$7,500 (Mid-range Grants)
February 14, 2018

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)

Stimulate research and scholarship in the arts, humanities and education. $2,000 February 14, 2018

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program (URSA)

Expand opportunities for undergraduate research participation by fostering active faculty/student collaborative learning relationships. Proposals are peer-reviewed by the URSA Steering Committee. $5,000 January 31, 2018

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

Support research and curriculum development projects on issues of global significance. Open to full-time faculty members with three or more years of full-time service at Baylor. Proposals are peer-reviewed by members of the University Research Committee. $7,500 February 14, 2018

Other Research Development Support

Program Purpose 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 network with funding agency officials. 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

VPR 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. 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. 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 4, 2017

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. $25,001-$50,000
One-to-one cost share required.

Bridge Funding Program

Span a gap in funding for researchers who have temporarily lost significant external research support. $25,000
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.


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