University Research Foundation (URF) Pilot Funding & Conference Support

Submission deadline: 
April 10, 2012

The URF provides up to $50,000 in project support to junior faculty undertaking pilot projects to launch their investigative careers and established faculty developing preliminary data on novel or pioneering ideas to support extramural applications. The URF in particular focuses on disciplines where extramural support is difficult to obtain and where significant research can be facilitated with internal funding. In addition, special attention will be paid to project proposals that include mentorship of Penn undergraduates. 

For Penn faculty interested in convening scholarly meetings on the University’s campus, the URF provides up to $3,000 in conference support, particularly in disciplines where external funding is difficult to obtain.