Funding for Your Project - Internal Awards & Limited Submission Programs

Special Funding Initiatives

Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) Program, including Formula and Non-Formula Funding:

In 1998, Pennsylvania joined forty-five other states in a Master Settlement Agreement with the tobacco industry. Subsequently, Pennsylvania Act 77 of 2001 specified that all the funds Pennsylvania receives through the agreement be used to support health-related initiatives, including a health research program administered by the Department of Health. Under this program grants are awarded for clinical, health services, and biomedical research. Act 77 established two types of health research awards: Formula Fund and Non-Formula Fund grants. Formula Fund grants are awarded to institutions in Pennsylvania based on their level of NIH and NCI research funding over the previous three years relative to other Pennsylvania educational and research institutions. Non-formula fund grants are awarded competitively by the Department of Health through a peer review process similar to that employed by the National Institutes of Health. Additional information on the CURE program, including formula and non-formula funding is available here.


Normal Grant = $3,000 to $5,000
Maximum Grant = $10,000
Deadlines = February 1, 2013


The Faculty Senate Seed Money Fund (FSSMF), administered by the Faculty Senate Research Programs and Policies Committee (RPPC), provides funding to full-time faculty for scholarly and creative projects/research activities that are expected to prepare faculty to attract external funding or recognition to Temple University. Funds awarded under the FSSMF are to be used to facilitate the development of a proposal to be submitted to an external funding source or to support a project that has been approved but not funded by an external source and which needs revision for resubmission. On rare occasions, a project that contributes significantly to Temple University's academic mission may be funded even if no outside funding can be expected. The FSSMF does not support the primary investigator, a collaborator, or a student whose project work leads to an academic degree.

Submission Guidelines:

FSSMF applications are accepted through February 1, 2013. Generally, the Committee will review applications at the end of the Spring Semester. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

Guidelines & Forms: