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Funding Opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities available to Researchers at the University of Delaware. Please follow the links on this page for the different opportunities, award amounts and important dates. Funding opportunities for sponsored research are available to UD-eligible principal investigators from a variety of federal and state agencies and private foundations.

COS Pivot is available to UD employees through a paid subscription from UD’s Morris Library and the Research Office. Library staff periodically offer workshops on effective use of the database.

Limited Submission Opportunites — A variety of sponsoring agencies offer research, career, scholar, or educational funding opportunities that limit the number of applications that can be submitted from a single institution.

New and Young Faculty Funding Opportunities — Link to funding opportunities for new and young faculty.

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Questions? Please contact Leigh Botner.

Funding - Open Opportunities

Program DescriptionDeadline
Research Office Internal SEED grants UDRF 01/21/2019
Limited Submission Opportunties Varied

Closed Opportunities

Program DescriptionStatusDeadline
Research Office Internal SEED grants GUR Closed 11/19/2018
Early Stage Start-Up Grants Funded by Unidel
Unidel Foundation, administered by the UD Research Office and OEIP

The UD Research Office is pleased to announce a Unidel funding opportunity for early stage technology companies that meet one of the following relationships with the University of Delaware:
  • Former DuPont technologists engaged with UD faculty, students and facilities.
  • Current UD faculty, staff or students engaged with a founded company from UD.
  • Companies formed by UD alumni using UD intellectual property.
Up to five qualified submissions will be funded in year one. A second set of awards will be made in year two. Awards will be announced by December 17.
Closed 11/5/18 by 5 pm
Blue Hen Proof of Concept Fund
HORN Entrepreneurship - Research and Commercialization
The Blue Hen Proof of Concept Fund (BH-POC) is a program designed to provide gap funding and training during the initial technology commercialization activities of researchers and inventors across campus. It supports building prototypes, proving technology concepts and validating that the technology will meet customers’ needs and wants. See application information here.
Closed 10/12/2018
Cycle 8 Applications Due
NSF I-Corps Sites
HORN Entrepreneurship - Maximize Research Impact
The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Sites Program provides specialized training and mini grants of $3,000 to teams interested in exploring the commercial viability of their ideas for products and businesses that are based on their own inventions, University intellectual property, or any STEM-related technology. Ideas based on behavioral and health science will also be considered. See UD site for additional information and how to apply.
Closed 09/14/2018
Cohort 13 Applications Due
The Delaware Bioscience Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Grants
Our mission is to support and grow Delaware's economy by fostering innovative collaborative research and development activities among its members. The Delaware Bioscience CAT program is successfully attracting and retaining life science businesses and creating new high-tech jobs for Delaware. The program supports this mission through sponsoring three grant mechanisms.

Applied Research Collaborations (ARC): Supports bioscience research between Delaware academic and business partners and funds up to $100,000 for 1 year. (

Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept (EPoC): Supports bioscience research towards establishing a new Delaware-based business and funds up to $50,000 for 1 year. (

Technology Access Program (TAP): Provides Delaware bioscience businesses access to high-end research technologies at a reduced rate and funds up to $5,000/Year/Core. (

Deadline for applications will occur twice a year: ~ March 31st & ~ September 30th

More information about the grant mechanism and details about how to apply can be found at or you can contact:
Alok Patel, Associate Director, External Relations at or (302) 831-6165.
Closed Deadlines TWICE a year
9/30/2018, and
Rehab COBRE Projects
Dr. Jill Higginson of Delaware Rehabilitation Institute (DRI) is soliciting proposals for the major projects that would be included in the NIH COBRE application on the topic of rehabilitation research. COBRE major project PIs must be “new investigators”, must not have been PI on an NIH R01 grant, and not have concurrent funding on COBRE, INBRE or CTR grants. The pre-proposals should be in NIH format, and sent by email to Dr. Higginson ( on or before October 1, 2018. If selected, PIs will be notified within a period of 2 weeeks.

The deadlines are as follows:
Pre-Prosal: October 1, 2018
Full Proposals: December 1, 2018
NIH submisson: January 25, 2019
Contact: Dr. Jill Higginson ( for additional information.
Closed 10/01/2018

Delaware Energy Insitute - Interdisciplinary Seed Grant
(Competitive Seed Grant Program - Total Seed Grant Budget: $700,000)
The Delaware Energy Institute is pleased to announce a call for proposals from University of Delaware PI’s to allow interdisciplinary teams to address gaps in knowledge that constitute a barrier to competitive funding applications and to form the foundations for new interdisciplinary energy programs.
Closed 08/31/2018
Research Office Internal SEED grants UDRF-SI Closed 08/31/2018
(Internal - Dept Plant & Soil Sciences)
The Center for Food Systems and Sustainability (CENFOODS) is excited to announce a request for applications to the competitive seed grant program. Approximately $400,000 will be awarded and 8-10 awards are anticipated. Complete applications are due July 16, 2018 by 5 pm. Please see the attached pdf for more detailed information and proposal requirements.
Closed 07/16/2018
COBRE Cardiovascular Health 2017Closed08/11/2017
Biomaterials COBRE 2017Closed07/10/2017
CTR Shovel-ReadyClosed06/16/2017
COBRE BiomaterialsClosed06/15/2016
COBRE CardioVascular Health Pilot ProjectClosed08/26/2016
Delaware-CTR ACCEL: Clinical and Translational Research Pilot Grants ProgramClosed06/18/2016
Delaware NASA EPSCoR RID Seed Grant Program Closed 10/2/2016
DENIN: Environmental Frontier Grant Closed 05/15/2015
DHSA: Delaware Health Science Alliance Closed 
EPSCOR: Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF) Closed 07/15/2016
INBRE: Delaware IDeA Neworks of Biomedical Research Excellence Closed 04/15/2016

For questions please contact Leigh Botner

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