The UNE Mini-Grant 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.

New this year is the one year addition of funds specific to work about aging. A generous donor has provided funding for projects which focus on studies and applied programs pertaining to issues of aging. These projects will be reviewed by faculty as part of the VPRS Mini-grant program but will be housed under the Center for Excellence in Aging and Health.

Mini-grants are funded at two different levels, which have increased from earlier years. The most common individual awards are funded up to $5,000 for the academic year. 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 Mini-Grants is a maximum of 15 months (June 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019), which provides faculty with one academic year and two summers to complete their projects.

An electronic copy of a proposal must be submitted to Peter Herrick ( in the Office for Research and Scholarship, with a visible carbon copy (cc) to the applicant’s department chair or supervisor. Applications are due January 11, 2018, by 11:59 PM.

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.