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Internal Funding and Award Opportunities

Educational and Research Initiative Fund (ERIF)

DEADLINE: Monday, February 13, 2017
The objective of the ERIF program is to provide seed funding to initiate innovative multi-investigator, multidisciplinary research and education programs that will use the results obtained during the project period for developing proposals seeking external funding. Proposals on new research and education concepts that are multidisciplinary in scope are solicited.

2015 ERIF Grant Recipients

  • Seok Hoon Hong (ChBE) and Oscar Juarez (Biology)

WISER 2016 ISFG Program

DEADLINE: Monday, March 20, 2017

WISER Issues Request for Proposals for 2017 ISFG Program

IIT’s Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) has issued a Request for Proposals for the 2017 Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Grants (ISFG) program.  Initiated in 2009, the ISFG program is designed to support and enhance new and innovative multidisciplinary research concepts that are expected to attract major external funding in areas of national interest related to energy and sustainability. The ISFG program provides IIT faculty with both the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research initiatives and to obtain proof of their innovative proposal concepts, which will enable them to develop more nationally competitive proposals. Proposals must be submitted electronically by close of business on Monday, March 20, 2017, to the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs in conformance with the 2017 WISER ISFG Program Proposal Submission Guidelines (provided as link below).

For further information, contact Peg Murphy (, ext. 76881), WISER assistant director and program outreach manager.

Starr Research Fellowship and Fieldhouse Research Fellowship

DEADLINE: Friday, February 10, 2017
Merit based research scholarships made possible through a generous donation from the Starr Foundation and IIT's capital campaign match to honor Mr. Irv Fieldhouse.
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2015 Starr-Fieldhouse Recipients

  • Robert Butler (BIO)
  • Tanaz Mohayai (PHY)

2015 Starr-Fieldhouse Honorable Mention

  • Lin Chen (MMAE)
  • Xuan Fang (BIO)
  • Christopher Hannon (CS)

CTBUH International Research Seed Funding

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce the "Call for Proposals" for its 2014 International Research Seed Funding – culminating with an award of US $20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 2014 International Conference to be held in Shanghai, China from September 16-19, 2014. This seed funding has been made possible with the kind support of ECADI, through the Shanghai Conference Gold + Research Seed Funding Sponsorship Package.

Sigma Xi/IIT Awards for Excellence in University Research

DEADLINE: March 10, 2017
Three or four awards will be granted in recognition of the recipients’ significant accomplishments in research, scholarship, or creative activity while teaching or studying at IIT. Full-time faculty members and full-time graduate students at IIT are eligible for consideration.

To be considered for a Sigma Xi award, the faculty member or graduate student must be nominated by an IIT faculty member.

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