Professional Research Opportunities for Faculty (PROF) Request for Proposals

Oct 28, 2022

Submission Deadline: January 30 | 5:00 pm


The PROF fund is a collaborative enterprise between the Faculty Senate, the faculty, and the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education. The fund supports the scholarly research and creative work of DU faculty to enrich DU’s vision of One DU, enhance the University’s reputation, and support increased external funding for research, scholarship, and creative work. The selection process is grounded in a commitment to peer review as the strongest mechanism for assessing the merit of proposals across the diverse academic areas of the University. Applications from single investigators for up to $27,000 are welcomed. Multidisciplinary applications from two or more eligible investigators representing different departments and disciplines may request up to $45,000 in support of DU IMPACT 2025 and the university commitment to developing Knowledge Bridges.



All full-time appointed faculty members whose job responsibilities include conducting research, scholarship or creative works are eligible to apply. Proposals are reviewed on merit. Review groups may not add additional criteria (support for students, preference for junior faculty, etc.) during the review process. Faculty members cannot have an active PROF grant as PI or co-PI, nor can they receive an award more than once every three years as a PI. 



January 30, 2023 Proposals due by 5 pm

April 14, 2023 Award and decline letters sent

July 1, 2023 Funds available for expenditure


Application Format

Application narratives must not exceed six pages (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins). Proposals that include narratives longer than six pages will not be evaluated. Project timeline, budget details, budget justification and citations are in addition to this limit but must be presented in a clear and concise manner.


Do not attach an appendix to the proposal. Proposals should also include a two-page CV for each investigator. The narrative should contain the following (limited to six pages):


  1. An abstract (~300 words) suitable for a general academic audience and for posting on the Faculty Senate website if the project is funded.
  2. A description of the project, the research questions or the objectives of creative endeavors, and how the work will be carried out. A clear justification understandable to a broad audience as well as methodological detail that demonstrates quality and excellence are essential elements of successful applications.
  3. For projects seeking multidisciplinary funding, detailed evidence of a team approach must be present that demonstrates the unique and equally important perspective and contribution each investigator brings to the team. The outcome of the proposed multidisciplinary effort should not be achievable without all the team members.
  4. A statement outlining the expected scholarly/creative outcomes of the project and the form, outlets for presentation of results, and any plans for continuation of the research beyond the two-year PROF funding period.
  5. A description of how such outcomes will enhance the reputation of the individual(s) within the strategic goals of the academic unit and the university.
  6. For divisions/departments where external funding is a required element of scholarship, the application should clearly link the projected outcomes of the PROF project to a subsequent funded program of research.
  7. Discussion of outcomes from previous PROF awards if applicable.

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