Application FAQs


Where do I submit the University Research Committee grant application?

All University Research Committee grant applications are submitted through the online application portal.

All documents pertaining to the URC grant application will be uploaded to the online application template.  (See Completing the Online Application for detailed instructions.)

Are multiple submissions permitted?

No.  One application per applicant per cycle year (if eligible).

May Fellows submit a URC grant application?

No. Only tenured, or non-tenure track, full-time faculty of Emory University are eligible to apply for a URC award.

May URC awarded funds be budgeted to support the salary of the PI and co-PI (if applicable)?

No.  URC funds cannot be used to pay the salary of the PI or the co-PI; however, funds may be used to buy course release time.

May a URC award be reallocated?

Yes, in some circumstances.* For example, the PI of the award is leaving Emory prior to the end of the URC project. A detailed justification in support of the request to reallocate URC funds to another Emory faculty must be submitted, in writing, to the URC coordinator for approval by the URC co-chairs.  A budget, current at the time of the request, must be submitted with the Justification.  The justification must be signed by the PI's department chair." 

* Reallocation of URC funds is ONLY granted to another Emory faculty member, not to another institution.

Are Letters of Support required?

No.  Letters of Support are not required by any of the URC committees.

Does the URC require a report of research results at the projects end?

One month after the award cycle has ended, award recipients are required to email an End of Award report (EOAR) to the URC coordinator.  Failure to submit the EOAR will deem the award recipient ineligible to apply for future URC funding until the EOAR is submitted and approved.

What are the criteria for Course Release?

Applicants from Emory University, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and Oxford College are eligible to apply for Course Release (CR) through the URC online application portal.  Applicants from the Candler School of Theology must apply for Course Release through the Candler Office of the Dean.

  • Course Release funds are designated for the “purchase” of course release time;
  • Course Release funds may NOT pay the salary of full-time faculty to whom URC funds with CR designation are awarded;
  • Requests for Course Release must be approved by an applicant’s department Chair.
  • Full-time faculty who are awarded URC funds, and approved for course release, will NOT receive the URC grant funds for discretionary use, nor will URC CR funds be transferred to the department of the award recipient.  Course Release funds will be transferred directly from the URC to ECAS and are designated for the compensation of substitute/temporary personnel while the awarded faculty member is on course release leave.
  • To be eligible for course release, a completed Request for Course Release form must be submitted as part of the URC grant application.  Failure to do so will deem the applicant ineligible until the form is submitted to the URC.   

What is an Interdisciplinary application?

Interdisciplinary research is a mode of investigation by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, methods and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance the fundamental understanding of a topic or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice (adapted from a National Academies’ report, 2004). 

In a given funding year, Emory can fund up to two primary co-investigators per project proposal, and the role and contribution of each must be clearly spelled out.  This is the only URC grant open to pairs of investigators, where up to $40,000 can be requested per application.  In the case of a single investigator the maximum amount remains at $30,000.

  • Each investigator must take a substantial role and his or her expertise and/or disciplinary contribution must be included in the proposed study.
  • At a minimum, collaboration must innovatively bring together two disciplines that are traditionally considered distinct or different from each other (e.g., sociology and history) or schools (e.g., medicine and business), or otherwise justified as articulated here.
  • Proposed research cannot be adequately addressed by a single discipline or approach; however investigators need not be from different departments or units, as long as they meet the other criteria for interdisciplinary work.
  • Single investigators may also apply as long as the application makes clear how the research innovatively draws upon approaches from distinct disciplines.

Must Interdisciplinary applicants complete individual URC Application Certification forms?

Yes. Each PI and, co-PI, if applicable, must submit a URC Certification form signed by their respective department chairs.

May Interdisciplinary applicants submit a proposal to another committee in the same cycle year?

No. Interdisciplinary proposals are part of the University Research Committee grant program, eligibility requirements allow each applicant to submit only one proposal per cycle, regardless of the committee.