The Office of Research

SMU Research

Research Grants


Grants may be used for research-related travel, equipment, supplies, software, and other direct expenses. The award limit is $15,000.


Only one proposal may be submitted per proposal cycle and a faculty member is limited to one travel or research grant per year. Endowed chair holders and administrators with access to other funds are not eligible for these awards. Grants are available only to tenured and tenure-track faculty and research active faculty emeriti. Student support is not allowed unless it can be demonstrated that the work of the student is essential to the project. Funding is not available for computer equipment and/or accessories, unless they are the subjects of the research. Funds must be expended within 12 months of the award. Summer salary is disallowed. In your proposal, please articulate the originality and significance of your research to committee members outside of your field of study.

The URC will look at the applicant's restricted accounts to access the applicant’s ability to help support the proposed research.  Please justify the amount of your contribution or match in your proposal.



Spring - April 15, 2021 at 5:00pm

Fall - November 15, 2021 at 5:00pm

Notification of Action

Spring - April 30, 2021 (for April 15 submissions)

Fall - December 21, 2021 (for November 15 submissions)


How to Apply

The URC Grant application is now in the form of a DocuSign. The process and the form remain the same. Once completed you will receive a documented signed copy for your records.  Please submit all supporting documents as a single PDF file through the DocuSign application, including a brief proposal (see format below) and a short curriculum vitae. The entire application should not exceed ten pages including appendices, if any. If you need assistance combining your documents into a single PDF, please contact the Help Desk (8-HELP) 84357.

Apply for a Grant Here

The applicant should arrange for a confidential letter of support to be written by the Department Chair or the Dean and email to, April 15, by 5:00pm (Spring Submission), or November 15 by 5:00pm (Fall submission), addressed to Dean James E. Quick.

Proposal Text Format (The proposal must not exceed five pages within the PDF application.)
  • A detailed budget
  • Research Objectives
  • Research Plan and Schedule (please state IRB approval status, if applicable
  • Significance and relevance of faculty member’s research program
  • Benefit to the University (i.e. contribution to current literature or research in your field).
  • Summary of prior URC funded projects and their impact on your research (i.e. outcomes, resulting proposals, publications, and progress).

Post-Award Reporting Requirements

If URC funds were received after December 1, 2015, a report summarizing how the funds were spent and what products were produced must be reported online (as detailed in the original award letter). Access to future URC proposal cycles will require the submission of reports for all URC grants received after December 1, 2015. Submissions by email or hardcopy will not be accepted. Submit a Report

URC Application (for Research and Travel Grants) - *open*