Research Council Grants

The Rutgers Research Council will begin accepting proposals for its 2016-2017 grants beginning February 24.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 6.

The Research Council received 159 applications from faculty members universitywide last year. After extensive review, the Council awarded 92 grants for 2015-16, which averaged $1,500 each (full list here). 

About the Program 

The Research Council is a faculty committee that advises the Office of Research and Economic Development on a special program that provides small grants to faculty every year. These awards are made as the result of peer review of requests submitted by the faculty for funding of research and creative work. The Council also provides subvention for scholarly publications. The Council’s programs are financed using State funds. All awards are made on a basis of merit, although priority is given to new faculty members.

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, help, publication subvention, research colloquia and essential travel related to research – in short, funds to cover expenses directly related to research and other creative endeavors. Requests for wages of labor must be justified fully in convincing detail. Applicants may request a maximum of $5,000. The typical grant awarded may be considerably less, depending upon the number of applications recommended for funding. Requests exceeding $5,000 will not be reviewed.


Only full-time members of the Rutgers faculty may apply. The following are not eligible to apply: coadjutant appointees, teaching and research assistants, and visiting faculty members.

Guidelines for Subventions (PDF)

Application Instructions (PDF) (DOCX)

Application Form (PDF)

Instructions for Electronic Submission (PDF)