Call for Proposals: IRIS Researcher Awards

The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) is excited to announce a second round of awards to fund researchers who will use the IRIS data to address questions about the social and economic returns to investments in research. Up to $15,000 for dissertation awards and up to $30,000 for early career and established researcher awards are available. 

Applicants do not need to be affiliated with a current IRIS member institution (see the list of IRIS members here: However, applicants must be currently affiliated with an academic or research institution in the United States. Beyond the financial award, IRIS provides a community for researchers as well as training and ongoing support. Awarded researchers will receive access to the current IRIS research data release files, which are further described here:  

A complete application must be submitted to IRIS by October 1, 2018. Read more about the awards and find the application materials here: 

Additional information is available on the website here:

Congratulations to Emily Njus, new ORA Pre-Award Manager!

Congratulations to Mrs. Emily Njus who has accepted a promotion to Manager, Pre-Award Research Administration, effective August 1, 2018.

Emily’s connection to UA began when she was a child and would come to UA with her late father, Dr. Glen Njus, Biomedical Engineering.  She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Her work as a student assistant lead to her position as Research Vivarium Supervisor, and then to Senior Grants Coordinator in the Office of Research Administration.   She left UA for Summa Health, where she spent over two years gaining valuable grants administration experience from a non-higher education perspective.  As Manager of Pre-Award Administration, Emily hopes to utilize her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and her other knowledge and skills to help the ORA better serve UA’s researchers.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend Applications

The NEH Summer Stipend is a limited submission opportunity; as such, faculty members wishing to apply for the program must submit a Notification of Interest to the Office of Research Administration. Notification must be received by ORA no later than 5pm on Friday, August 10, 2017.

Materials can be sent directly to the Office of Research Administration or via email at

Please refer to the NEH website for full program details.

For further details on the Limited Submission process please visit our webpage.

Sony Research Award Program 2018 – Invitation to submit proposals

As part of one of the world’s most innovative and recognizable brands, Sony is committed to support university research and innovation in North America, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. This Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

For more program details, please follow the link:

Faculty Innovation Award:  up to $100K in funds to conduct cutting-edge research in Sony’s general areas of interest

Focused Research Award:  up to $150K to conduct research in the areas of Sony’s immediate interest

Submission window:   July 15-September 15, 2018

If interested, please consider submitting proposals to Sony within the scope described on the website following the guidelines.