Note: Due to ongoing fiscal uncertainty during the COVID pandemic, no funding will be available under mini-grants for the regular due date in January 2021. Please read this letter for more information (PDF). Current active mini-grants are not affected by this change and can continue through the end of their project period.
The UNE Minigrant program provides intramural funding that helps support faculty research and scholarship at the University of New England. Funding for the program is provided through hard money commitments made by the University and indirect cost revenue generated by extramural grants and contracts awarded to the University.
The primary purposes of these funds are to:
- Catalyze the growth in quality and quantity of scholarly activity being conducted by faculty at the University of New England, helping contribute to a culture of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship that positively impacts individuals and communities;
- Support the generation of scholarly works and pilot projects that can be incorporated into applications for external funding by federal and state agencies or private foundations;
- Facilitate the dissemination of the faculty member’s scholarship, thereby raising the visibility of both the individual faculty member’s project and the composite University research and scholarship programs to the outside professional and public communities. This dissemination also helps increase the likelihood of a broader positive impact on society.
Mini-grants are funded at two different levels. The most common individual awards are funded up to $5,000. In addition, requests can be made for higher amounts (up to $15,000) for projects that can justify the larger budgets based on the scope or nature of the project.
Applicants may not apply to both tiers of funding with essentially the same project. For both tiers, competitive applications will require a carefully planned budget and justification as the proposed project and budget will be reviewed together.
The funding period for the 2020 First Round Minigrants is a maximum of 15 months (June 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021), which provides faculty with an academic year and two summers to complete their projects.
An electronic copy of a proposal must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due January 31, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
Please see RFA for complete guidance on applying. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the budget section of their proposals with the Office of Research and Scholarship well in advance of their application.
Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship
Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs
Chair, UFA Research and Scholarship Committee