Funding Opportunities

Campus Funding Opportunities

The University of Illinois supports innovative research in a number of ways. Campus funding helps faculty and research staff advance new ideas, complete important preliminary studies to attract external support, and supplement resources available from other sources.

Campus Research Board

The Illinois Campus Research Board (CRB) was established in 1932 to serve the campus as a conduit for the distribution of funding to support full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members’ research projects and creative activities.

The CRB has played a vital role in fostering the university’s excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activities. The CRB has enabled thousands of Illinois faculty members to pursue research and creative activities that have a transformative influence across disciplines and a profound impact for the future of our nation and the world. Above all, the CRB is committed to fostering and supporting excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Limited Submissions

Illinois has a limited submission selection process because government agencies, private foundations, and corporate sponsors often accept only a limited number of proposals, applications, or nominations from a single institution

Office of Foundation Relations

The Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a campus-wide resource for faculty and administrators seeking to advance relationships with national and selected regional private foundations. As each foundation is different, we are here to guide you through their processes and campus processes, as needed.

Research Funding Email

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (OVCRI) provides a weekly email notice containing research funding opportunities from both external and internal sources, including some that may not be distributed due to their specificity. Please use and share this information as appropriate.