Announcements regarding the below opportunities are posted no later than 4 – 6 weeks in advance of the grant application deadline. Below are brief, non-inclusive descriptions of internal grant opportunities. As with all grant proposals, please read the grant instructions and application form carefully for all grant requirements as these are subject to change. You MUST work with a Grant Specialist in the Office of Research prior to submission.  Please note that all applications require an endorsement from the Chair and Dean on the application form. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed or considered. Please contact 316-978-3285 or with questions or to request assistance.


ARCS - FY23 ROUND 1 February 3, 2023
ARCS - FY23 ROUND 2 * April 28, 2023
URCA - FY24 ROUND 1 April 7, 2023
URCA - FY24 ROUND 2 October 6, 2023
MURPA - FY24 October 6, 2023


University Research/Creative Projects are to retool or reestablish productive research/creative projects agenda. In areas where external funding is available, the URCA may be used as seed money to develop pilot data.

  • Areas where access to external sources is limited may receive special consideration.
  • Grants may be for up to $4,500 awarded in two separate competitions: New - tenure-eligible faculty in their first or second year of probation to initiate research/creative projects, and Established - tenured faculty or probationary faculty in their 3rd (or more) year of probation to retool or re-establish productive research/creative agenda.
  • A faculty member may receive only one of the following in a fiscal year: an URCA, an Award for Research/Creative Projects in Summer (ARCS), or a Multidisciplinary Research Project Award (MURPA).
  • URCA Instructions
  • URCA Application


Multidisciplinary Research Projects are projects that involve two or more investigators from different disciplines that focus different perspectives and capabilities on complex problems that intersect established areas of study.

  • Two awards for multidisciplinary research projects may be made for up to $7,500 each.
  • They are intended as seed money to develop pilot data for proposals to be submitted to governmental agencies, foundations, or industries.
  • MURPA Instructions
  • MURPA Application


Award for Research/Creative Projects in Summer provides salary/fringes of $3,000* for 2 months, plus $1,000 for other operating expenses (total of $4,000) to enable faculty to pursue research or creative projects during the summer.


  • Awardees are expected to resume their teaching in the fall for the next academic year.
  • A faculty member may receive only one of the following in a fiscal year: an ARCS, a University Research/Creative Projects Award (URCA), or a Multidisciplinary Research Project Award (MURPA).
  • Those who accept any summer appointment from their college (for the summer grant period) are ineligible.
  • ARCS Round 1 Instructions
  • ARCS Round 2 Instructions
  • ARCS Application

*Please contact for assistance in determining fringes and gross salary.