ORED-Sponsored Grant Programs

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) sponsors several programs that offer funding to Rutgers faculty to support various fields of research at the university.

Busch Biomedical Grant 

The Busch Biomedical Grant program is designed to enhance health-related research at the University and to strengthen the competitive position of faculty members who seek external research funds. The grants support research projects up to $40,000 total for up to a two year period. Interest income from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund is distributed within the University to reflect the stipulations of the Last Will and Testament of Mr. Charles Busch.

Proposals for funding are solicited annually by ORED, and are reviewed by a panel of faculty representing different health-related disciplines as well as the various University campuses. Awards are made on the basis of Busch Grant funding priorities and scientific excellence. 

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Interdisciplinary Research Grant 

The Interdisciplinary Research Grant opportunity is designed to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary research groups around any topic that is likely to be supported by significant future federal and private funding. The award amount of $50,000 requires 100% matching funds for a total award amount of $100,000. Research groups should have a minimum of 12 participating faculty. Pre-existing groups may also apply.

Applications are solicited annually and reviewed by an administrative team at ORED and by faculty with experience in interdisciplinary research. For more information, email res-dev@rutgers.edu.

Research Council Grants & Subventions 

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.

Research Grants: 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 years.

Subventions: Increasingly, many university and other highly regarded scholarly presses may ask authors to cover a portion of the cost of publishing a scholarly book in order to make it more affordable. This program is designed to assist with those costs. The typical subvention amount awarded by the Research Council is $2,500 or less. Under exceptional circumstances, higher subventions awards, up to $4,000, may be considered.

Research Council Deadlines are in the Fall for Subventions only and in the Spring for Research and Subventions.

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