Faculty Research Support Program—External Resubmission

About this opportunity




Fraya Fox,frsp@indiana.edu


Open Deadline

Award cycle:


Funding available:

$50,000 maximum

FRSP-Seed Funding and FRSP-External Resubmission have replaced the Indianapolis campus program “Research Support Funds Grant (RSFG)”.

The FRSP External Resubmission program supports research projects that were previously submitted for, but did not receive, external funding from federal, state, international, or private nonprofit entities and whose likelihood of funding on resubmission would increase with the acquisition of additional data or proof of concept.

Eligible projects must be innovative and highly rated (overall excellent or very good) and be targeted for resubmission within one year of the start of FRSP - External Resubmission funding. The agency reviews of the submitted proposal must indicate that the project is sound, innovative, and close to funding.

Renewals and continuation projects will not be considered. The review process will involve faculty peers in the evaluation of the project and in the development of a successful resubmission.


Eligible Projects

  • Projects reviewed by external federal, state, international, or private non-profit entities that did not receive funding and that require the acquisition of additional data or proof of concept for successful resubmission within one year. The agency reviews of the submitted proposal must indicate that the project is sound, innovative, and close to funding.

 Ineligible Projects

Eligible as PIs

  • All tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members
  • Research scientists
  • Research center directors
  • Emeriti faculty who are still active in research. (Some budgetary restrictions may apply. Contact your fiscal officer or the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs for details.)
  • Non-tenure track faculty whose evaluation criteria are based on research activity, i.e., clinical faculty, lecturers

Not Eligible as PIs

  • Visiting and adjunct faculty members
  • Staff scientists (support-oriented positions)
  • Postdoctoral research associates
  • IUPUI faculty transitioning to Purdue University in July 2024


  • Budgets should be one-time amounts to be expended over a maximum of 12 months. The FRSP-External Resubmission does not provide multiple-year awards.
  • If a positive funding decision on the originally submitted external proposal is made during the FRSP- External Resubmission funding period, unspent FRSP-External Resubmission funds must be returned and no additional FRSP-External Resubmission funds should be spent after the start date of the external funding.

Application requirements


Applicants must complete an electronic application and upload a completed application form and agency reviews. Please note page limitations.


Non-content experts may be reviewing your proposal. Therefore, it is important to write the proposal in a manner understandable to those outside your discipline.

Use the application form provided on the online portal. Begin each section on a new page.

Use standard black fonts 11 points or larger. Charts, grafts, figures and so on may be in color.

The electronic internal application must include:

Section 1 Abstract and Key Personnel:

  • State the proposal’s long-term objectives and specific aims. Describe concisely the research design and methods for achieving these objectives. Avoid summaries of past accomplishments and the use of the first person. The abstract is meant to serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed work when separated from the application. Do not include proprietary/confidential information.
  • Keep the abstract to a half page.
  • List all key personnel and their Include role descriptions in Section 5.

    Section 2 Project Description (2-page maximum):
  • References are not included in the 2-page limit but are limited to only 1 additional page. Must include the PI’s response to the external agency review and the additional work to be undertaken to make the application competitive within one year. A specific funding opportunity (RFA) and agency should be identified, and a timetable for submission included.

    Section 3 Budget:
  • Funds will not be allocated to non-IU collaborators.
  • Faculty salary cannot be supported through this mechanism except for faculty on a 10-month appointment who can request up to one month of support.
  • Travel expenses are not allowed unless necessary for completion of the proposed work.

    Section 4 Budget Justification (2 page maximum):
  • Describe the role of each individual on the project and list their %FTE on the project (including %FTE on the project not covered by FRSP funds).
  • List each item of equipment with amount requested separately and justify each purchase.
  • Itemize supplies in separate categories, such as glassware, chemicals, radioisotopes, etc.
  • If animals are to be purchased, state the species and the number to be used.
  • Only list travel that is necessary to conduct research and justify.

    Section 5 Personnel (1 page maximum): Provide a list of all personnel (even if individuals have not been determined) that provides:
  • Name or TBD
  • School, department, center where applicable
  • Roles of each (PI, Co-PI, collaborator, consultant, mentor, grad student, post doc, staff, etc.)
  • Percent effort to be contributed to the project even if not receiving funding directly
  • Name of primary mentor for undergraduate and graduate students

    Section 6 Appendix:
  • A biosketch or CV must be included for all key personnel, each limited to three (3) pages. List all current and pending internal and external research support, as well as past support for the previous three years.
  • Describe the facilities available for this project including laboratories, clinical resources, office space, animal quarters, major items of equipment available for this work, etc.