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 contact us early to begin the proposal development.  Please note that all application forms require a signature from the Chair and Dean. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed or considered. Please contact 316-978-3285 or with questions or to request assistance.


MURPA - FY24 ROUND 2 December 15, 2023
ARCS - FY24 ROUND 1 February 2, 2024
URCA - FY25 ROUND 1 April 5, 2024
ARCS - FY24 ROUND 2 April 12, 2024
URCA - FY25 ROUND 2 October 4, 2024


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
  • URCA Supplemental Internal Awards


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.


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