Funding Opportunities

Summer Faculty Grants

Office of the Vice President For Research


About 40 PRF Summer Faculty Grants (PRF/SFG) will be awarded by the Purdue Research Foundation each year. Summer Faculty Grant awards enable successful applicants to continue full-time scholarly work during the summer and may not be held concurrently with any other appointment.


The awards are for full-time, tenure-track, academic year faculty members, who will be employed by the university in the following academic year (example: Fall 2009 - Spring 2010), and are in the early stages of their careers. Qualified applicants must fall into one of the three categories listed below:

  • untenured assistant or associate professor;
  • assistant or associate professor who obtained tenure no more than three years prior to the summer for which they are requesting support.
  • Applicants should have received not more than one previous Summer Faculty Grant.


  • Annual announcement is distributed 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.


The application should contain the following documents as part of the application process:

  • Application Form (One faculty member per application)
  • Document of work not to exceed 5 double spaced pages that includes: abstract; statement of the problem; significance of the problem; and a plan of research.
  • Vitas (no more that 2 pages for each PI)

Projects for the development of a course or teaching laboratory are not eligible. Proposals should be written in terms appropriate for reviewers who are familiar with the general area of the proposed research but whose expertise may not specifically coincide with the topic of the proposal. The application form contains a check-off list for research involving animals (PACUC), humans (IRB), and/or recombinant DNA, infectious agents, or unfixed human fluids, human tissues, or human cell lines (IBC). If your plan of research requires any of these regulatory approvals, you must indicate this by checking the appropriate space on the application cover page.

Application Submission

Proposals should be submitted to the academic dean of the school. The dean will then refer all proposals received to a committee of faculty from the school for evaluation. The number of copies required varies with the particular school. There are no format requirements except that the Application Form must be used as the cover page.

Academic deans will notify faculty members of their internal deadline and application procedures. 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. Each college/school will be responsible for sending award, alternate and regret letters. No proposal copies or application forms are needed.

Announcements of the awards will be made by each department/college/school upon completion of their award process.


Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of faculty from your school who are appointed by your academic dean. Each school committee is free to develop an evaluation procedure which they feel is appropriate. Some committees may function as a committee-of-the-whole when the evaluations are made. Other committees may ask each committee member to rank and rate each proposal. Each committee member's results will then be tabulated by a chair person to reach the committee's evaluation decision. Other procedures that are agreeable to the school committee may be followed.

The committee will be requested to rank the proposals in relative order of preference (1 for the highest ranked) and also to rate each proposal as excellent, very good, satisfactory or unsatisfactory. School committees will be asked to base their evaluation on scholarly merit as well as the promise of contribution to the field and the growth of the scholar.

Among applications of equal merit, preference should be given to those applicants who have not had previous Summer Faculty Grant awards.


A PRF/SFG recipient receives a salary of $8,000 (less taxes) for two summer months (8-weeks) of employment which supports the work outlined in their proposal. The recipient may not hold another appointment during the 8-week grant period.

The Vice President for Research (VPR) business office will work with the recipient's departmental business office to process payment.

Supplementation during the PRF/SFG Period

While the PRF/SFG provides salary for two summer months (8 weeks) of employment, this amount may not be equivalent to the normal salary the recipient would receive for that time period. The academic department may supplement the Grant up to the equivalent (100% salary) that could have been received for two summer months of employment under the Guidelines for Summer Session Support issued by the Provost. The Grant may be supplemented during the eight week Grant period with the use of unrestricted funds ONLY. The use of general funds or other sponsored research funds are not allowable. However, the use of "start up" funds will be allowed. If the academic department chooses to supplement the Grant, this supplement must support the purpose for which the Grant was received and does not represent additional assignments.

Summer Employment outside the PRF/SFG Grant Period

Summer appointments before or after the grant period are allowable subject to the summer session support guidelines relevant to the funding source of the appointment. Refer to the Guidelines for Summer Support issued by the Provost to determine the impact of the receipt of the Grant and any supplement on the total amount the recipient can earn during the summer session.

Regulatory Compliance

If your research involves the use of animals (PACUC), humans (IRB), and/or recombinant DNA, infectious agents, or unfixed human fluids, human tissues, or human cell lines (IBC), all appropriate approvals must be secured prior to distribution of Summer Faculty Grant funds. Funds cannot be awarded retroactive to the university approvals.


  • For PRF Summer Faculty Grant competition inquiries specific to your department/school/college, contact your academic dean's office or regional campus contact.
  • For questions regarding receipt of your award payment, please contact your departmental business office.