Campus Funding Programs

Community research program

The Community + Research Partnership Program

A pilot program that unites Illinois researchers and community members to address the needs and interests of Urbana-Champaign communities through sustainable, equitable partnerships.

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The Olga G. Nalbandov Lecture Fund

Funding of up to $30,000 to sponsor public lectures or symposia on current topics of interest in the fields of biological and biochemical sciences that enrich the campus intellectual environment in the life sciences.

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Arts CO+RE

An outgrowth of the CO+RE Program that extends the OVCRI's interest in community-directed and responsive practices for engaging local youth and adults in the generative and creative practice of the arts.

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Campus Research Board

Established in 1932 to serve the campus as a conduit for the distribution of funding to support full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members’ research projects and creative activities. 

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Specialized Faculty Scholars Travel Fund Program Pilot

Offers specialized faculty up to $200 support for one virtual conference convening per year to present original scholarly research and/or creative work.

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences Feed Technology Center

ACES Office of International Programs Seed Grants Program

Stimulates and promotes strong relationships between ACES faculty and international faculty that will develop and flourish into larger, sustainable, collaborative efforts.

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ACES Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations

Encourages creativity and collaboration between ACES faculty and research partners.

Michigan Lakeshore

Illinois–Indiana Sea Grant

Funding to researchers in Illinois and Indiana who are working on issues of importance to the southern Lake Michigan region.

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BRIDGE Seed Funding

Jointly established seed fund between UIUC and the University of Birmingham to stimulate wider academic engagement between the two universities.

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Illinois International Research Travel Grants and Conference Grants

Awards for full-time, tenure-track faculty for travel and related expenses for presenting at international conferences that takes place outside the U.S.

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Illinois Leadership Center Faculty Fellows

Support original research on leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, research that will advance the mission of leadership at Illinois, and faculty engagement with the Illinois Leadership Center.


Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies Research Grants

Available to all UIUC faculty members who are developing research about Brazil.

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Military Service Knowledge Collaborative Seed Grant Program

Provides research grant awards to foster the development of innovative research and generate sustainable partnerships with Military/Veteran communities.

NCFDD Faculty Success Program

NCFDD Faculty Success Program

An intense, 12-week, online-based program where participants learn strategies to increase their research productivity.

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NCSA Faculty Fellowships

Opportunities for UIUC faculty and researchers to catalyze and develop long-term research collaborations between Illinois departments, research units, and NCSA

The Sustainable Student Farm

Student Sustainability Committee

Allocates $1.47M annually toward the development and seed-funding of projects that have an environmental impact on the university community. 

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CHAD Pilot Grants

Support innovative interdisciplinary research that advances our understanding of health and wellness, aging, and disability.