The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign administers a number of special funding programs to provide support for the Illinois research community.

Eligibility requirements and application deadlines vary from program to program and year to year. For specific details, click on the name of the program in the list below.

Current Programs

Start Date10/1/2015 Deadline Date6/20/2017
OVCR Reimbursement of Animal Charges

This program is intended to help investigators transition budgets and funding under the new billing system where per diem charges for mouse and rats are calculated on a per cage, rather than per animal basis. The program provides flexible funding to affected investigators in an amount equal to the difference between the cage rate and the charges based on individual animals ($0.29/individually housed mouse/day; $0.48/individually housed rat/day; see This program is not intended to provide reimbursement for the unfortunate but necessary increases in per diem costs for individual animals of other species.

  • Applies to externally funded grants and to new faculty start-up funding with budgeted costs for mice or rats.
  • Applies if the impact on your research program is expected to be more than $2,500 per year.
  • Applies only for charges in FY16 and FY17.
  • Actual cage rates will be charged in regular DAR billing.
  • Requests are to be submitted quarterly or biannually. The firm deadline for a final request for reimbursement is June 20th of the given year.
  • Reimbursement requests will require the following information:
    • Requested reimbursement
    • Title of grant charged for cage rates
    • CFOP of grant charged
    • CFOP for reimbursement to be transferred into as flexible funds
  • Reimbursement requests will be submitted to DAR for review and then routed to the OVCR for approval of requested funds.
  • This program is an alternative, not an addition, to other OVCR supplement/reimbursement programs.
Start Date3/1/2017 Deadline Date4/28/2017
The Research University at 150

In celebration of the University’s Sesquicentennial, the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research are now accepting proposals to fund 4-6 research symposia that tackle big-picture topics with clear societal impact and that showcase the university’s research strengths. Topics should appeal to researchers in a number of disciplines and proposed presentations should invite the exploration of new or innovative approaches to pressing societal issues. Target attendance should be limited to 50-100 internal and external participants.

Funding of up to $20,000 per symposium is available. Funding for this program is made possible through the generous support of the David Dodds Henry Lectureship Fund.

Proposed Schedule

The symposia will occur simultaneously April 10-12, 2018, and will represent the culminating research event of the University’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The proposed symposia would adhere to the following format:

  • A joint evening welcome reception for all symposia before the first day, with a single prominent keynote speaker to kick off the event
  • Topic-specific discussions (separately, in each symposium) during the first morning and early afternoon
  • A joint plenary session highlighting the strengths of interdisciplinary research in higher education and how the interdisciplinary environment fosters great scholarship, in the morning of the second day.
  • Half-day, topic-specific concluding discussions, on the second day (optional).

The symposia will also be jointly promoted as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration.

Potential Topics

Symposia topics should reflect the university’s research excellence and engage diverse scholarly disciplines, ideally representing multiple units at the university. Examples of possible topics might include the following areas. Please note that these topics are only used to illustrate possible areas of focus and should not be considered prescriptive.

  • The nature of social justice in the 21st century
  • Modern human genomics: progress and legal, medical, and societal implications
  • Migration and immigration—the implications of fleeing conflict and pursuing opportunity
  • Design thinking and the research university
  • Impacts of artificial intelligence for society
  • How food production and supply will change society in the coming decade
  • The role of the university in adapting to climate change
  • Modern neuroscience, and implications for law and ethics
  • The future of democracy in the 21st century
  • How can big data help the most vulnerable members of society
  • The scholarship of race, class and gender on a STEM campus
  • Cultures of experimentation and risk
  • Imagining techno-futures through the arts and humanities


Evaluation criteria include:

  • scholarly merit
  • relevance to societal needs
  • logistical plans for symposium
  • suitability of budget
  • potential campus interest
  • potential national and international interest