General Research Fund

The General Research Fund is a competitive award program that provides funding for the advancement of the university's research program. The Office of Research provides funds to each school or college and assists in the administration of these funds.

The Vice Chancellor for Research has delegated to each entity the responsibility for awarding these funds. Each entity determines proposal criteria and has its own review committee, application process and submission deadline. The Faculty Senate Research Committee is responsible for reviewing reports submitted by each school or college outlining the progress each entity has made in meeting its research goals. The allocation of funds to all entities for the following three-year period will be determined by this review.

Each faculty member on the Lawrence campus is eligible to submit one GRF proposal to their school or college as the principal investigator. Awards are based on the merit of the proposal, which includes the scholarly excellence of the proposal and its benefit to the university and to the individual researcher.

Each entity may add additional proposal criteria as they deem appropriate. All funds are awarded for a one-year period (July 1 to June 30) and may be used for summer salary, student or GRA salary, supplies and travel. The State of Kansas does not allow payment of tuition with these funds.


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Resources for research administrators and investigators to manage GRF awards.

Contact + submission information

Jae Chang

Cari Vukelich

Submission deadline: March 1, 2024

Charly Edmonds

Submission deadline: Jan. 19, 2024

Includes the School of the Arts; Behavioral; Humanities; and Life, Physical & Social Sciences 

Nick Syrett

Melinda Robinson

Submission deadline: Visit the College's website

Lisa Wolf-Wendel


Dina Evans



Submission deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

Suzanne Shontz

Nikki Hammond

Submission deadline: Feb. 16, 2024

Hyunjin Seo


Submission deadline: Feb. 16, 2024

Jessica Brown

Submission deadline: Feb. 16, 2024

Jill Becker

Phil Cunningham

Submission deadline: Feb. 26, 2024

Terri Morris

Submission deadline: Feb. 5, 2024

Janelle Ruisinger

Submission deadline: Feb. 9, 2024

Elenor Crangle

Submission deadline: Feb. 14, 2024