Faculty Research Grants: Single Investigator Innovation Grants

As of 2015-16, this program is no longer offered.

Program Guidelines

The Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Libraries (CORCL) established the Single Investigator Innovation Grants program to support the research and scholarship of UCI Academic Senate faculty, with an emphasis on recognizing and supporting innovative research projects of exceptional promise. Between 5 and 10 grants will be awarded to Academic Senate members, in amounts up to $10,000, depending on the number and quality of the proposals. Award recipients are required to submit a brief final report on their findings and expenditures. (See http://www.ap.uci.edu/APP/1-20_titles.html for Senate titles.) Faculty serving on the CORCL as Academic Senate members may not apply for this grant.

Evaluation Criteria

The Single Investigator Innovation Grants support:

  • research projects by junior faculty;
  • exploratory work by senior faculty that is not currently funded; or
  • meritorious research in areas that do not typically receive external funding.

Proposals will be evaluated in terms of:

  • The quality and potential impact of the proposed research or scholarly activity
  • The opportunities created by the award for future funding of the research (in fields where extramural funding possibilities exist).

Only one proposal per Senate member will be accepted for the Single Investigator Innovation Grant program per competition. Preference will be given to projects that have not been funded previously. Previous recipients are not eligible for 3 years following the date of the award. Thus, previous recipients receiving their last Single Investigator Innovation Grants since 2010-11 are not eligible.

Although discouraged, summer salary and teaching buy-outs will be considered under exceptional circumstances.


Single Investigator Innovation Grants may be used for whatever purpose, within University policies, the grantee believes will best aid his/her research effort. The budget request may include research assistance, materials and equipment not otherwise available, travel and field expenses associated with gathering data, and other categories as determined by the investigator. Funds are to be expended in accordance with UC and campus policies between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

This grant program is designed to help advance the reasearch of UCI faculty and to that end, graduate student researcher support may be requested; however, the program is not intended to support graduate student dissertation research per se.

If equipment is requested, it is expected that the costs will be shared with the applicant’s school or department. Equipment requests should be justified in the body of the proposal, and a letter of commitment from the appropriate dean or chair outlining the amount and nature of the matching funds should accompany the application.

If you have questions about the grant program, please contact:

Michelle Chen
CORCL Analyst