Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

December 8, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program moving to annual application cycle

october5The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, through the OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, gives doctorate-granting departments the opportunity to apply for funding to support postdoc positions to expand and enhance research capabilities.

Previously, the OVPR Postdoc Fellowship Program accepted applications in odd-numbered years. Beginning in 2016, however, the program will move to an annual application cycle. The next application deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Departments who are approved under this round will receive funding for a 12-month fellowship position that runs from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. The award also carries the possibility of a second year extension for fellows who perform successfully in their first year.

Visit the OVPR website for more information, or contact Blake Thomas with any questions.

October 14, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder: Submit final reports for internal grants

“My computer crashed!” “I got busy!” “I just forgot!”

My dog ate my homework

We’ve heard every excuse in the book.

Whatever the reason, we understand that sometimes life gets in the way and you forget to do something important. That’s why the OVPR is issuing a friendly reminder to all investigators who received internal grant funds for FY 2015 to please submit the required final reports.

Information provided in final reports helps the OVPR to measure the effectiveness of our internal grant programs, so it is essential that each investigator complete the report form at the conclusion of their project. Failure to submit a report may also render a faculty member ineligible for future funding from the OVPR until the report is complete.

If you have not submitted a final report for any FY 2015 internal grant, click here to download the final report form. Fill out the form and submit it via email to  Not sure if you are missing reports?  Email Blake and he’ll let you know what reports are still outstanding.

[Above, CC Image courtesy of on Flickr]

April 9, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder: End of fiscal year deadlines for internal grants

FY 2015 ends on May 31, 2015.

As the end of the 2015 fiscal year draws closer, the OVPR would like to remind faculty members who are funded through internal grant programs that these grants are subject to the university’s end-of-year deadlines for expenditures.

Depending on the type of purchase and mechanism of payment (voucher, requisition, departmental purchasing card, etc.), different cut-off times apply to ensure the transactions are recorded in the correct fiscal year.

Investigators are responsible for adhering to the end-of-year deadlines and no exceptions or extensions can be made, so faculty are encouraged to process grant-related transactions as early as possible to avoid any problems that may result from last-minute purchasing.

Click here to view a full list of FY 2015 end-of-year deadlines on the university’s TRAX Help website.  Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 254-710-3817 with any questions.

May 9, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder: final reports due August 1 for FY 14 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research would like to remind investigators that they are required to submit a final report on their internal grants no later than two months after the expiration of the grant.

For all FY 14 grants through the AHFRP, URC, URSA, FRIP and YIDP programs, final reports are due on August 1, 2014.  Note that investigators who do not submit final reports will not be eligible to apply for additional internal funding from the OVPR.

Click here to download the final report form.  Submit completed forms through email to Blake Thomas in the OVPR.

September 13, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder: OVPR internal research funding opportunities

Last week, Research Tracks brought you an overview of COS Pivot, a database provided by the OVPR to help Baylor faculty seek external funding for their research.  In addition to helping faculty find external funding, we also provide financial support for research and scholarly activity through a number of internal grant programs. In this post, we present an overview of the programs offered through our office and direct you to the relevant pages on our website for more information. If you have questions, contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153.

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
FRIP grants provide up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to help faculty compete more successfully for external funding. Proposals are peer reviewed by external faculty members with expertise in both the subject matter of the proposal and the funding agency to which the investigator plans to apply. Full-time Baylor faculty members, regardless of academic rank, are eligible to apply for FRIP grants.

Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
Similar to the FRIP, the YIDP program also provides up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to enhance competitiveness for external grants. These proposals are also externally peer reviewed. Tenure-track faculty members in their first four years at Baylor are eligible to apply for YIDP funding.

University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs (URC)
Fall round applications due Oct. 23, 2013 for funding from mid-December through May 31, 2013. Applications due Feb. 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
The University Research Committee distributes funds for the support and development of projects and programs promoting faculty research and scholarship and strengthening efforts to secure external funding. URC Small Grants provide up to $4,500 in funding, while the mid-range grants can provide up to $7,500. Faculty who receive funding under the mid-range grant program are required to apply for external funding following the completion of their URC-funded project. Proposals to the URC programs are peer-reviewed by faculty members who serve on the URC committee.

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research (Brown Fund)
Applications due February 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
A new funding program beginning in FY ’15, the Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Brown Fund awards range in amount up to $5,000 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. The number of available awards will be determined annually based on the available earnings from an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin Brown IV.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program (URSA)
Applications due February 5, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
Through the URSA Small Grant Program, the OVPR seeks to foster collaborative learning relationships between faculty members and students. URSA funds may be used to expand opportunities for research participation by undergraduates in a variety of ways including paying wages for student researchers, purchasing necessary supplies for student projects or supporting student travel to present research results at a conference or meeting.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)
Applications accepted continuously
AHFRP funds are designed to stimulate research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts, humanities and education, where opportunities for external funding may be limited. While funding amounts are based on the needs of each project, the vast majority of AHFRP grants will be for $2,000 or less.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications due Oct. 2, 2013 for funding during FY ’15, award extension possible for FY ’16
Through this competitively awarded program, the OVPR provides 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships for Ph.D.-granting departments. Initial appointments are funded for one year, with a second year extension allowed for successful fellows.

Faculty Travel Assistance Grant Program
Applications accepted continuously
The OVPR provides matching funds to help defray the cost of faculty travel to promote or support the development of new or expanded research programs at Baylor. Tenured/tenure-track faculty and funded principal investigators are eligible to apply.

VPR Colloquium Support
Applications accepted continuously
The program provides travel/honorarium funding and logistical support to help bring major national and international speakers to campus.

Conference Support Program
Applications accepted continuously
Provides seed money and logistical support to bring major regional, national or international conferences to Baylor.


August 29, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Internal funding announcement: OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fall, the OVPR  will accept applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program.  The program is intended to build on Baylor faculty members’ existing research strengths by providing funding for 12-month postdoctoral research fellowship positions. The positions carry minimal teaching responsibility with the intent that most of the fellows’ time and effort be spent helping faculty enhance and expand their research.

The postdoctoral positions are initially awarded for one year with a second year extension available for fellows who are successful. Fellowships are competitively awarded and all Ph.D.-granting departments are eligible to apply. Preference is given to proposals from research clusters (either within or across departments and colleges/schools) that allow the fellowship to be shared by two or more faculty members.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon; more information and application instructions are available on the OVPR website.  Contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153 with questions about the program.

June 27, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Internal funding announcement: OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The OVPR will accept proposals this fall for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  The program provides approved departments with support for postdoctoral positions intended to enhance and expand the research capacity of current Baylor faculty members.

Applications may be submitted by the chair of any Ph.D.-granting department.  Preference is given to collaborative proposals which allow a single postdoctoral position to be shared by faculty in multiple departments or colleges/schools.

Initial awards are made for a 12-month appointment (June-May), with a second year of funding possible for successful fellows.

Proposals to the program are due by noon on Oct. 2, 2013. Click here for more information and application instructions.

June 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces application dates for FY 2015 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines to apply for funding for internal grant programs in the 2015 fiscal year. FY 2015 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

The deadline to apply for the Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP), Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP) and Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Small Grant Program is Feb. 5, 2014 at noon.

Proposals to the University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range grant programs are due on Feb. 19, 2014 at noon.

To be accepted for consideration, proposals must be complete (including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean) no later than noon on the applicable deadline.

Proposals to the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program are considered throughout the year and may be submitted at any time.

Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions about the grant programs.  To begin the application process, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator.

February 3, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Postdoctoral fellowship application date announced

Applications to the OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are due on October 2, 2013.  The program enhances Baylor faculty research capacity by supporting postdoctoral research positions in Ph.D.-granting departments.

Preference is given to research clusters within or across departmental boundaries which propose to share a postdoc position between two or more faculty members.

Positions are initially funded for one year, with a second year possible for successful fellows.  Click here for more information on the program.