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Application FAQs

1. Do I need to submit letters of support?

Applicants are welcomed but not required to submit up to two letters of support.

2. Where do I submit my proposal?

Apply here: 2018 URC On-Line Application
      After logging in, select "URC Start Grant Application"
      Submission window: November 15, 2017 - January 8, 2018 @ 5:00pm.

3. Can I be a co-applicant on the interdisciplinary proposals and also submit another proposal to the URC in the same cycle?

No. Interdisciplinary proposals are part of the University Research Committee grant program, and the eligibility requirements for consideration allows for an applicant to submit only one proposal per cycle. 

4. Are multiple submissions allowed?


5. Can fellows submit an application for funding?

No. To be eligible to apply for URC funding, the applicant must be in the following categories:
        Associate Professor
        Assistant Professor
        Professor of Pedagogy, Practice or Performance
        Senior Lecturer
        Senior Associate (SOM)
        Associate (SOM)

6. Can the funds be used to support faculty salary?

The funds cannot be used to pay for the PI's salary.   However, it can be used to buy course release time (only applies to Emory College, Candler School, and Oxford College).

If you are requesting URC funds to support course release, you must include a course release form with your Chair's and Dean's signatures. Note that course release is not equivalent to a sabbatical leave; if a URC funded project includes course release, the applicant is still required to participate in all other professional activities required by the department, school and university unless otherwise arranged with your Chair and Dean.

7. What are allowable expenses?

See the URC Awards page.

8. Upon approval of a grant, can the funds be reallocated?

Yes. However, a request to reallocate funds will need to be sent to the URC coordinator to be approved prior to doing so and an updated budget should be sent with the request.

9. What are the reporting requirements of a PI on a funded URC grant?

One month after your award cycle has ended, you are required to send an End of Award report to the URC coordinator and provide the name and email address of your financial administrator to discuss any financial matters that may need to be addressed.

10. What is the definition of interdisciplinary?

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).


        Q: For interdisciplinary applications, do both Department Chairs have to sign off the application form? 

         A: Yes.

11. Can a PI on a funded URC grant request a no-cost extension?

Yes. The request, which should be for at most one year beyond the original termination date of the grant, must be sent to the URC coordinator, and should include sufficient information to allow the URC co-chairs to evaluate the merits of the request.