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Research Maintenance for Sponsored Projects


Research maintenance awards are made to help sustain essential activities of a research program experiencing a temporary hiatus in external funding. These awards are made for a very short duration (usually less than 6 months) when resumption of external funding is reasonably assured. While emphasis is given to support of key project staff, limited funds are available for other essential costs.

Awards supplement support provided by the applicant's unit. The expectation is that funding is for a particular period of time for which transitional resources are essential. Thus, it is normally expected that the end date will not be extended, and funds not expended in this period on authorized expenses will be recovered by UMOR. These funds are not intended to cover externally funded awards budget reductions.


Instructional and Research Faculty, Librarians, Curators, and Archivists may apply.


Awards are expected to range from $5,000 to a maximum of $15,000.  UMOR requires a 1:1 match from the unit, school/college, department, or other internal sources.  All standard UMOR funding restrictions apply.


To Be Determined

Notification of funding decisions is made within 12 weeks of the program’s deadline.  Late applications will not be processed until the next deadline for that program.  Applicants can facilitate expeditious review by providing complete information and all required signatures.


For more information on the review and award process, including required signatures, award administration, and funding restrictions, see our Supplemental Information page.


No, the FGA program is not ending. However, we feel it is a good time to conduct a thorough review of the existing program. Therefore, OVPR is implementing a temporary "pause" of the program following the October 15, 2019 application submission deadline. Our goal is to continue to provide funding for faculty research, scholarship and creative activities in the most effective and efficient manner possible, and in support of the strategic goals of our many schools, colleges, institutes and campuses.

[Updated 5/4/20: UMOR will be continuing the FGA program evaluation announced in fall 2019 and will be incorporating changes based on that evaluation- along with COVID-19 related policies - into the FGA program strating 2020-21.]

An announcement was made at the September 11, 2019 Research Associate Deans meeting. An email communication from Tabbye Chavous was sent to all Research Associate Deans on September 30, 2019.

As in the past, there is no limit in the number of proposals that can be submitted by faculty in a specific unit. The program pause is not intended to reduce funding or funding opportunities, but instead it allows for evaluation of program processes and outcomes in order to enhance the program, and its positive benefits and impacts on faculty research.

No, the Research Faculty Recognition Award and the Research Faculty Achievement Award will not be affected.

Yes, please follow the current FGA guidelines and funding restrictions.

We ask that research administrators inform their faculty about the program pause/evaluation, and share with their faculty their developed procedures for intaking proposals for submission to UMOR.

Yes, each school/college will intake and review proposals prior to sending them to UMOR for funding requests, based on each unit’s own developed process.

Each school/college will have its own process for intaking and reviewing faculty proposals in order to submit funding requests to UMOR. Please contact your school’s/college’s research associate dean or designate for more information.

References and Resources


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