Internal Funding for Research and Scholarship

Research & Sponsored Programs Capacity Building Grant Program

The Capacity Building Program is a competitive award program that provides seed grants to faculty and staff for projects which need early phase support to become competitive for external funding.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the ability of faculty and staff to successfully compete for external funding, as well as building UNI's capacity for scholarship, research and creative activities.

Awards may be made up to $10,000 each. For questions about the Capacity Grant program, please contact the Associate Director of Research & Sponsored Programs Lisa Ahern at

2023 Request for Proposals - Closed

The next grant cycle will begin in Fall 2024.

Project Period

  • All funds must be spent between February 1, 2025 and August 31, 2026.

Award Range

  • Up to $10,000


Frequently Asked Questions

Other Internal Funding Available at UNI

Pretenure Seed Grants are provided by the provost's office. Look under "Faculty Development Resources".

The Intercollegiate Academics Fund (IAF) reimburses students collaborating with faculty on research or creative activity for their travel to conferences and competitions.

Faculty Sponsorship Fund - Faculty who are traveling with students who have received an IAF award - you may apply for travel funds, prior to the trip, through the provost's Faculty Sponsorship Fund. 

Graduate College Professional Development Assignments

CHAS Grants for faculty

Faculty Summer Fellowship Grants