Funding Opportunities

PRF Research Grants

Office of the Vice President for Research


  • Annual announcement is distributed by OVPR to academic deans early/mid February.
  • Faculty will be notified of internal department/school/college deadline dates via their Department Head and/or Dean's Office.
  • Awards will be announced by each department/school/college upon completion of their award process.

Background & Guidelines

The PRF Research Grants are one-year awards made by the Office of the Vice President for Research to assist faculty who supervise Ph.D. research in the development of new or the continuation of ongoing research projects by providing support for a half-time (0.50FTE) PRF Research Assistantship.

Annual Salary

PRF Research Grants provide an annual salary (comparable to Purdue's current minimum half-time graduate salary established by the Graduate School) and funds to cover graduate student medical insurance and fringe benefits. In addition, except for PRF awards to IUPUI, the student supported on the grant receives a remission of all tuition and fees except for the applicable graduate appointment fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, and any discipline specific differential fees.

Allocation of PRF Research Grants to Schools/Colleges

Available PRF Research Grants will be allocated on an annual basis to Purdue University Schools/Colleges that administer graduate programs granting the Ph.D. degree. The number of PRF Research Grant awards allocated to each Ph.D.-awarding School/College in a given year will reflect the Schools'/College's proportional share of total University Ph.D. degrees granted over the previous three years.

Faculty Eligibility

All Purdue graduate faculty members who supervise Ph.D. research are eligible to apply for a PRF Research Grant. A faculty member may not have two PRF Research Grants active simultaneously. If the faculty member awarded the grant leaves Purdue, the Office of the Vice President for Research will work with the department head and dean to minimize the impact of this change on the student supported by the grant.

Submission, Selection & Awarding of PRF Research Grants to Eligible Faculty within a School/College

It will be the responsibility of the Deans of Ph.D. degree granting Schools/Colleges to determine which eligible faculty will be the recipients of new PRF Research Grants each year. Each college is responsible for making sure the students are Ph.D. graduate students.

Each Ph.D. degree granting School/College will establish its own internal deadline and procedures for submission of proposals and selection of specific eligible faculty to receive allocated PRF Research Grants. The only requirement established by the OVPR is the submission of an excel spreadsheet which is sent to the Dean's with the allocation notice. The spreadsheet is due to the OVPR Business Office by May 1st. Faculty will be notified of internal school deadline dates and proposal submission criteria via their department head and/or dean's office.

Project Period

PRF Research Grants are established with an initial June 1 - May 31 project period. You may request an alternate start date however it may not be any earlier than June 1 and no later than September 1.

No cost extensions may be requested through the dept/college/OVPR using the "Purdue Prior Approval" form found at: , A – Z Index, Prior Approval Instructions – Internal.  Send completed form to Shelley Burton, OVPR Account Assistant,

Normally, a one year grant would not be approved for a no-cost extension exceeding a total of two additional years.

If a faculty member is unable to utilize a PRF Research Grant in the year awarded, and requests an initial one year NCE, OVPR will discuss with the colleges the option of awarding that grant to another faculty member in the current year, with the potential of the college making a priority allocation of a grant to the original faculty member next year.

Student Eligibility

Only Purdue University graduate students in good standing (minimum GPA = 3.0) working for the Ph.D. degree may be appointed as PRF Research Assistants. The student must have satisfied all the requirements of the graduate program to be recognized as a Ph.D. student (e.g. Ph.D. program qualifying requirements, etc, as appropriate) and be actively working on their Ph.D. research (e.g. registered for credit in a departmental 699 graduate research course). Substitution of one eligible Ph.D. graduate student for another eligible Ph.D. graduate student may occur at any time at the discretion of the faculty grant recipient, with the consent of their department head.

Graduate Staff Appointment

PRF RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS ARE NOT GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS. The PRF Research Grant supports a .50 FTE research assistantship at Purdue. A PRF Research Assistant may accept an additional graduate staff appointment to the extent allowed by regulations of the Graduate School. The student must be registered for 699 course(s) during the entire FY appointment period (including summer session). As with other one-half time research appointments, the student must register for a minimum of 6 hours of Ph.D. research (699) and the maximum course registration is 12 hours. A PRF Research Assistant accepting an additional appointment as a graduate assistant in research must register for at least 9 hours of Ph.D. research, and will be limited to 9 credit hours of course work. A PRF Research Assistant accepting an additional appointment as a graduate teaching assistant must register for at least 6 hours of Ph.D research and will be limited to 9 hours of course work. During the Summer Sessions the limits are one half of the regular semester.

Regulatory Approvals

If the research project supported by a PRF Research Grant requires review and approval for use of animals (PACUC), human subjects (IRB), and/or r-DNA, infectious agents, unfixed human fluids, human tissues or human cell lines (IBC). The investigator must ensure that all appropriate protocols are active and current prior to release of funds. In some instances, a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] is appropriate until the needed regulatory approvals are obtained. The PRF Research Grant recipient can request the MOU through the OVPR office (contact Regulatory approvals must remain active and current until the project is completed.

Modifications to Status of Grant

Once the grant has been awarded, Mrs. Shelley Burton, Office of the Vice President for Research, must be notified, in writing [email is acceptable], if the faculty recipient of a PRF Research Grant leaves Purdue University.

Salary Supplement

The salary for the half-time appointment on the PRF Research grants will vary from year to year. A department may supplement the salary of a PRF Research Assistant with the following:

  • Salary support requiring no additional duties, from:
    • departmental, non-sponsored program funds (e.g. general funds or gift);
    • unrestricted voluntary support administered by SPS (e.g. fund 671);
    • a sponsored project, if the research benefits both projects, the research assistant's efforts are allocable to both projects, and the salary being charged is allowable on the sponsored project.
    Salary distribution for the supplemented grad appointment is made through the cost distribution system and certified through the PAR process.
  • Salary support through an additional graduate appointment. Appointments beyond .50 FTE may be made in any increment, in accordance with graduate staff appointment guidelines.
  • A supplementation from a fellowship account which will be subject to the policies of Executive Memorandum A-199.


Inquiries regarding guidelines and procedures for the PRF Research Grant competition should be directed to your academic dean's office. Inquiries regarding administration of existing PRF Research Grant awards should be directed to your departmental business office.