Subject to the availablity of funding, the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) awards a limited number of grants to support planning and hosting conferences at CU Boulder on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
Conference grants provide partial support for organizing conferences that promote and encourage the scholarship, research and creative work of the Boulder campus faculty. These awards are intended to support one-time or initial events, rather than established and/or annual events. Awards can be up to $3,000.
All CU Boulder Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty, Senior Instructors, and Career Track Research Faculty (i.e., Research Professors Series, Senior Research Associates* (SRA), and Research Associates* (RA)) who hold an appointment of half-time or greater are eligible to apply. Other fulltime staff routinely engaged as principal investigators on scholarly or scientific research, such as librarians or curators, who require financial assistance to organize a conference promoting research or creative work on the Boulder campus, are eligible to apply for a conference grant.
The College of Engineering & Applied Science also provides funding for its faculty to hold seminars. College of Engineering & Applied Science faculty are welcome to apply to the RIO Faculty Conference Awards program as well.
Application Submission Process
The Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation will consider conference applications on an ongoing basis and must be submitted through this online portal. They will need to include a brief description of the conference, its significance, its benefits to the Boulder campus, and a specific budget plan (including other funding sources). Applicants must include their biosketch or abbreviated CV (2 pages maximum) and a description of conference participants (biosketches or brief descriptions including institutional affiliation, title, role, area of research/scholarship/creative work).
Basis of Awards
Conference grants are awarded on the basis of (1) the benefits of the conference to the Boulder Campus, faculty, and external research community, and (2) the research or creative record of the participants. Before submitting an application, applicants should secure other sources of funding from their campus unit (i.e., department, institute, college, center); this matching support should be included in the application budget. The Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation encourages proposals for conferences that are interdisciplinary or that promote new activities and new research connections between CU Boulder faculty and outside research and creative communities. Lower priority is given to yearly conferences held by scientific or scholarly organizations, with the exception of annual conferences that are major, international meetings that might occur on the Boulder campus infrequently, such as no more than once per decade.
Grants to support conferences do not exceed $3,000. Financial support may be requested for the following expenses.
Please note: Before submitting an application, applicants should secure other sources of funding from their campus unit (i.e., department, institute, college, center); this matching support should be included in the application budget.
Grants are awarded for a one-year period. Unspent balances revert to the Research & Innovation Office unless a written request for extension is submitted before expiration of the grant. An overdraft in a conference amount is the responsibly of the grantee, not RIO.
At the end of the grant period, faculty grant recipients are required to report the conference results to the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation. Grantees should complete this survey within 60 days after the date of the conference.
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