Internal Funding Opportunities

Research Council Grant Programs

The Wright State University Research Initiation and Professional Development Grant Programs are under the direction of the Research Council, which is composed of the deans and one faculty representative from each College/School. The Research Council is chaired by the Vice President for Research.

The competition is held on an annual basis during the Spring Semester. An announcement is sent out to the University faculty noting that the information and applications are posted on the Research and Sponsored Programs website.


Research Initiation

Announcement of RFP: Closed

Deadline: Closed

Purpose: The Research Initiation Grant Program is intended to provide seed funds to encourage university faculty to initiate new research efforts which have a high likelihood to attract external research funding.

Eligibility: All fully-affiliated faculty are invited to apply except those who received a Research Initiation in the previous year. Because the Boonshoft School of Medicine has its own internal grants program, those faculty members, including those in Matrix departments, are also not eligible to apply. Additionally, those who have received a Research Initiation Grant in the past five years and who have not submitted a subsequent proposal for external funding are not eligible to apply. Each applicant is limited to one proposal per competition as Principal Investigator, but may serve as Co-Investigator on other proposals. Members of the Research Council are not eligible.

Special consideration will be given to faculty who were appointed in the past five years and who do not have significant external funding. Special consideration will also be given to proposals with a collaborative component representing contributions from two or more WSU faculty members.

If permitted by the home college, a newly hired Principal Investigator; i.e., an Investigator who has made a commitment to Wright State University for the Fall Semester of the upcoming academic year, and is otherwise eligible, may submit an application for a Research Initiation Grant.

Guidelines, Application Kit and Reviewer Sheet:


Professional Development

Announcement of RFP: Closed

Deadline: Closed

Purpose: The Professional Development Grant Program is intended to provide seed funds to encourage university faculty to pursue scholarly activity which will enhance their continued professional development. Scholarly activity, in any discipline, is of a common significance to the overall intellectual life of the university. These grants will be awarded for activities where major external funding is not generally available. It is understood that the nature of the projects proposed will be discipline specific; faculty creativity is encouraged.

Eligibility: All fully-affiliated faculty are invited to apply, except those who received a Professional Development Grant in the previous year. Because the Boonshoft School of Medicine has its own internal grants program, those faculty members, including those in Matrix departments, are also not eligible to apply. Each applicant is limited to one proposal per competition as Principal Investigator, but may serve as Co-Investigator on other proposals. Members of the Research Council are not eligible.

Guidelines, Application Kit and Reviewer Sheet:


Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) Internal Funding Programs

Translational Research Development Grants

The purpose of the award is to provide a mechanism to link basic scientists with clinician-investigators, and to promote, cultivate and ultimately to establish innovative translational clinical research programs that have a high probability of attracting external funding after the award period and/or have potential for the generation of intellectual property and ultimately commercialization.

The Translational Research Development Grant Award Program is open to all Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (and/or Wright State Physicians) fully-affiliated faculty members. Collaborating basic scientists may be faculty members within the School of Medicine or external to the School of Medicine (e.g., College of Engineering). Each proposal must identify at least one basic scientist and one clinician-investigator as Co- Principal Investigators. Under certain circumstances, partially-affiliated (i.e., voluntary) clinical faculty may be considered appropriate to serve as a Co-PI.

Learn more about Translational Research Development Grants.


Bridge Grants

From time to time there may be a limited amount of funds available to provide Bridge Grants to highly productive investigators, with a strong track record of external grant funding, who find themselves in between grants. The purpose of these Bridge Grants is to provide the investigator with sufficient funds to allow work to continue in their laboratory in order to secure the next round of external grant funding. Specific application process and terms apply. Please contact the Office of Research Affairs (927-775-3018) to schedule a meeting with the Interim Associate Dean to discuss the application process.

Learn more about Bridge Grants.