Research Council Grants

The Rutgers Research Council will begin accepting proposals for its 2017-2018 grants beginning March 20, 2017.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 7, 2017.

All submissions must be submitted electronically via

(See Guidelines and Instructions below)

The Research Council received 83 applications from faculty members universitywide last year.

After extensive review, the Council awarded 60 grants for 2016-17, which averaged $2,100 each.

The Research Council is a committee of faculty that advises the Senior Vice President for Research on faculty awards which are made as the result of peer review of requests submitted by the faculty for funding of research and other scholarly and creative activities. The Council also provides subvention for certain categories of scholarly books. 

Description of the Program

By means of small grants, the Research Council supports studies leading to significant outside funding and publication in all fields of learning represented in the University as well as for creative work in the arts. Applicants may request funds for a variety of research needs, such as equipment and supplies, research assistance, subvention for publication of scholarly books,  and essential travel related to research – in short, funds to cover expenses directly related to research and other creative endeavors. Restrictions are specified in the guidelines.

Applicants may request a maximum of $5,000. Award amounts may be less, depending upon the number of applications recommended for funding. Requests exceeding $5,000 will not be reviewed. Recipients of a grant for the immediately preceding cycle are not eligible. Priority will be given to proposals from faculty who have not received an award in the past three (3) years.


Only full-time members of the Rutgers faculty at the time of application may apply. This designation includes non-tenure-track, tenure-track, and tenured faculty. The following are not eligible to apply: coadjutant appointees, teaching and research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting faculty members. All awards are made on the basis of merit, although priority is given to tenure-track faculty in their first or second three-year probationary appointment who have not yet been evaluated for tenure. 

Please note:  Faculty who have received a research grant, excluding a subvention, in the most recent award cycle are not eligible to apply in this cycle.  Priority will be given to proposals from faculty who have not received an award in the past 3 years.

Faculty members in the biomedical sciences may apply to the Research Council or to the Busch program, but not to both, for support of a health-related research project. Since Research Council funds are in extremely short supply and must be used for all disciplines, faculty members in the biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to make the Busch program their priority.  Proposals to the Research Council in this discipline should be of a scope and scale appropriate to this funding mechanism.

Research Council Grants Program Guidelines

Guidelines for Subventions

Electronic Submission Instructions

Research Council Grant Reviewer Tutorial