Funding Opportunities

Institutional Review Board 

Furman University is dedicated to the protection of both the rights and welfare of volunteer human subjects engaged in research endeavors under the auspices of the university.  The university has entered into an agreement with the Office for Human Research Protocol (OHRP) termed the IRB Registration and Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) program, pledging compliance with the “Common Rule” for federally supported research.  Furman University will apply this Assurance to all research using human subjects, irrespective of the funds or guidance of the research.  To this end, the university has established an Institutional Review Board for Proposed Research Involving Human Subjects, referred to as the IRB. Guidelines are adopted from those guidelines detailed in the IRB guidebook by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections.  

External Grant Opportunities 

Grant and Research Administration Office 

Funding from corporations, foundations and federal and state agencies contribute significantly to faculty and undergraduate research, scholarships, internships, capital improvements, and equipment acquisitions, as well as to endowments for these and other purposes. The breadth and scope of grants funding is expected to continue increasing rapidly as Furman strengthens its position as one of our nation’s premier baccalaureate liberal arts institutions.  

SCICU Research Grants  

The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc., (SCICU) Student/Faculty Research Program was created to engage students in professionally guided primary research, which will develop critical thinking, inquiry, and communication skills. Contact The Undergraduate Research Office at 864.294.3110 for more information. 

Associated Colleges of the South 

ACS brings together faculty, staff, and administrative leaders across our 16 campuses to engage in creative programming. ACS grant themes – innovative instruction, collaborative curriculum, and diversity and inclusion – are intended to strengthen each institution and our collective mission. For more information, visit here 

Internal Grant Opportunities

Research and Professional Growth Grant (RPG) – The Research and Professional Growth Committee supports faculty scholarship through the funding of grants and sabbaticals. For more information on funding opportunities visit here. Applications for all RPG opportunities are available to download here. To apply for RPG funding, submit your completed application form as a single PDF file to this secure Box folder (including any required attachments).

Faculty Development Center – Several funding opportunities are available for individual and team support. For details, visit here 

Furman Humanities Center – The Furman Humanities Center has a variety of programs to fund innovative faculty research in the Humanities. See more here 

Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences (OIRS) – OIRS works to establish programmatic awards from federal (e.g., NIH, NSF) and private sources to support faculty scholarship in STEM and related fields through summer salary, supplies, student stipends, and travel. Grants are awarded both internally and through external competitions facilitated by OIRS. See more here. 

Summer Research Fellowship (funding for undergraduate research) – For more information, visit here 

Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grants – For more information, visit here.

Dean’s Travel Funds – Available for professional development activities. Contact the Dean of Faculty for more information.