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Research Equipment Grants


Research Equipment Grants are intended to provide funding for the purchase or rental of research-related equipment that would enhance and expand upon the research efforts of tenured and tenure-track DePaul faculty members. The council will consider requests for subsidies of up to $3,500 per grant. This program is inteded to supplement, not replace, other sources of support, such as departmental funds, association subventions, and external grants.


Eligibility for faculty development grants is limited to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Faculty may apply for one grant award per program (e.g., URC Research Equipment Grant, QIC Competitive Instructional Grant, etc.) per year.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted in the Fall and Winter with deadlines of October 15th and March 15th, respectively. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Eligible Expenses

The equipment requested must be equipment that is not normally provided by the applicant's department and/or college, and not available through other parts of the university. The equipment must be needed for the competion of a particular research project. Any equipment purchased with URC grant funds remains property of DePaul University and should be disposed of in accordance with appropriate university policies and procedures. In awarding grants, the council takes into acount three priorities: the originality and quality of the project, the organization and feasibility of the course design, and the applicant's record of completing projects.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following through Campus Connect​ (click on "Grant Proposals" in the "Faculty Center" section) by the appropriate deadline:

  • Project title
  • Abstract — The abstract should describe the project clearly and completely in non-technical terms and how the equipment will aid or enhance the goals and objectives of the project.
  • A list of 3-5 recent publications relevant to the proposal
  • Work plan and timeline — The work plan and timeline should be thorough, realistic and feasible. Further, the specific outcomes for the project and equipment should be clearly articulated.
  • Budget narrative — The budget narrative should clearly justify all requested equipment and provide sources for estimated costs.
  • Budget form — The budget form should account for each item of expense discussed in the budget narrative.

Applicants will also be asked to attach the following to their application:

  • Narrative — The narrative should describe the project in clear, non-technical language. The narrative should also present a compelling argument in favor of the project as well as how the equipment purchase will help meet the project’s goals and objectives. Further, the narrative should explain the relationship between the project and the applicant’s teaching, research, and/or service interests.
  • Current CV
  • Proposed program for research conference

Expectations and Requirements of Recipients

Grant recipients should keep the following in mind:

  • Grant funds are made available to the faculty member upon completion of budget manager training.
  • All spending must comply with the council's guidelines on eligible and ineligible expenses.
  • Funding is for 18 months after the grant is approved
  • The council expects projects to be completed in a timely manner and will not fund projects beyond three years.
  • A final report must be submitted within 30 days of the grant's expiration. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the councils. This report should delineate the activities conducted during the grant, describe the achievement of the project outcomes as outlined in the proposal, and list financial expenditures (include copies of all invoices over $100).