The Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP) – Initiation Grant (IG) provides seed funds to established faculty initiating new programs of research, scholarship, or creative endeavor or to early career faculty beginning their research programs. Grants ranging up to $10,000 of total funding, as appropriate to the research proposal, are available through this program.

Proposals requesting support for ongoing research projects funded by other sponsors or projects in the final stages of completion are not appropriate for this grant.


The priorities for this grant are as follows:

  • Projects of basic scholarship, research, or creative endeavor appropriate to the applicant's background and academic appointment.
  • Special projects for which other research funds are not available.


The following categories are eligible to apply for this program:

  • Full-time, regular University of Notre Dame faculty, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, library faculty, and professors of the practice, are eligible to apply.

Note: Faculty may not receive more than two FRSP-IGs during their career at Notre Dame. 

Budget Requests

The following are allowable budget requests:

  • Equipment necessary to the research project’s aims.
  • Graduate research assistant summer stipends.
  • Summer salary for faculty (up to one ninth of academic year salary maximum for faculty on nine-month appointments or, if necessary, up to one twelfth of annual salary for faculty on twelve-month appointments).
  • Travel necessary for the success of the project.
  • Undergraduate student support.

The following are unallowable budget requests:

  • Academic year salary for the faculty
  • Book publication costs.
  • Ongoing research projects funded by another sponsor.
  • Projects in the final stages of completion.
  • Salary for post-doctoral research associates, administrative staff, technicians, or any other staff position.
  • Travel for the purpose of presenting research results or attendance at conferences.

Note: Awards are partially based on need. Faculty members with significant discretionary or capitalization funds should not apply.


The grant application is closed.

Grant Period

The grant period is one year. A one year, no-cost extension may be approved with satisfactory progress or growth of the project.

Proposal Format & Submissions

Interested applicants should write the proposal in clear, non-technical language for a general audience.

Each proposal must include the following items in the order listed:

  1. Cover page with following information: Name of Principal Investigator, Department, Center, or Institute affiliation, Phone, Email, Proposal Title, and designation as a FRSP-IG. Please list any co-principal investigators and their Departmental, Center, or Institute affiliations.
  2. Abstract of the proposed project (one page maximum). 
  3. Description of the proposed project (five pages maximum):
    • The objective of the project.
    • Background and previous work. 
    • The project approach and methods.
    • The anticipated time schedule 
  4. Discussion of how support from the FRSP-IG will initiate an important new program (one page maximum):
    • What are the anticipated outcomes and value of the project (scientific, creative, scholarly, and/or practical significance)
    • What are the plans for publication of research results and continuing the project beyond the funding period?
  5. Budget:
  6. Current and Pending Grant Support:
    • List all current and pending proposals.
    • All institutional research fund accounts should be listed including capitalization, discretionary, and endowed chair funds.
  7. Current curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) for each faculty member listed on the cover sheet as an investigator. If postdoctoral research assistance, graduate students, and/or undergraduates are included in the project as collaborators, please describe their qualifications.

The submission should be uploaded in a single PDF document with the naming convention of “<PI Name>_IG Proposal_<YEAR>.pdf” to this Google Form. Proposals that do not comply with format and content guidelines may be rejected without review.


Acceptance Conditions

In accepting an award from the FRSP-IG, the awardee agrees to:

  • Conform to established practices and procedures concerning sponsored program activity.
  • Submit a final report to Notre Dame Research no later than three months after the end date of the award. The report should include a listing of any publications or manuscripts resulting from the award, reference to any subsequent proposals or applications (e.g., fellowship or grant applications) resulting from the FRSP-IG to any outside agency or foundation.
  • Act in accordance with the policy that all permanent equipment purchased under the FRSP-IG is the property of the University unless otherwise specified when the grant is approved.
  • Awards will be contingent upon approval of any protocols for research involving the use of live vertebrate animals, recombinant DNA molecules, and/or human subjects. Please obtain guidelines and policies affecting these types of projects from Notre Dame Research Compliance.

Final Report

All internal grant awardees are required to complete a short final report. Please download the report template as a Word document.

Previous Awardees

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