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 Date1/16/2018 Deadline Date3/9/2018
ACES Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations 2018

The Office of Research (OR) in the College of ACES is announcing a call for Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE) in order to spark creativity and collaboration between ACES faculty and their research partners (both within and outside UIUC). Accordingly, we are soliciting outstanding interdisciplinary team research proposals to initiate new and enhance existing collaborations among faculty. The aims of FIRE proposals are for faculty to (1) develop exploratory research ideas that require the involvement of multiple disciplines, (2) identify a research theme or question that gives coherence to the project and relates to the scope of programs within the College of ACES, (3) collect preliminary data or other relevant information to address research questions, and (4) prepare, develop, and submit research proposals for external funding. The expected product of the FIRE seed grant program is a fundable interdisciplinary research proposal. We encourage active participation of researchers from social sciences and humanities disciplines and incorporation of both junior and senior faculty into teams. Proposals should include a description of the innovative nature of the research and the team’s capabilities, where the contribution of each collaborator’s expertise is evident. For additional details and the evaluation criteria, please see the FIRE Request for Proposals ( We anticipate funding 5-7 interdisciplinary research proposals during the 2018 cycle.