Internal Funding

Internal funding opportunities are offered to the RU-N Community through various sources. Please see below for available opportunities.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below and want to learn more please contact our RU-N Senior Grant Facilitator Joe Broderick.

Big Data Analytics: A yearly initiative throughout Rutgers (RU-N, RU-NB, RU-C RBHS) with an objective to foster the creation of viable multi-disciplinary data intensive research collaborations and to support the establishment and growth of faculty.

  • Research teams are formed with the intent of enabling these research teams to compete effectively for external support in areas related to big data analytics.
  • Proposals are funded for one year (up to $40,000).

Busch Biomedical Grant program (all Rutgers campuses): The Busch Biomedical Grant program is designed to enhance health-related research at the University and to strengthen the competitive position of faculty members who seek external research funds. Proposals for funding are solicited annually by ORED. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of faculty representing different health-related disciplines as well as the various University campuses. Awards are made on the basis of Busch Grant funding priorities and scientific excellence.

  • The Busch Biomedical Grant program will support research projects up to $40,000 total for up to 2 years.

Chancellor’s Seed Fund: Foster cross-cutting and innovative projects that support scholarship, education, and community engagement. Proposals bring together faculty from multiple schools (RU-N, RU-NB, RBHS, NJIT) and disciplines. 

  • Proposals are funded for up to two years ($60,000-$120,000).

Initiative for Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Business Research Teams (IHASSRT): Supports collaborative projects involving the arts, social sciences, humanities, and/or industry professionals working together on new problems and opportunities.

  • Proposals funded for up to two years (up to $40,000) bring together faculty in such areas as music and theater arts, comparative media studies, literature, global studies and language, digital humanities, philosophy, history, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, and other fields in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and business.

Initiative for Multidisciplinary Research Teams (IMRT): Fosters the creation of viable multi-disciplinary research teams that can tackle complex, multi-faceted research questions.

  • Proposals funded for up to two years (up to $65,000) bring together faculty from multiple schools (RU-N, RU-NB, RBHS, NJIT) and disciplines.

Neurosciences Pilot Program: A yearly initiative throughout Rutgers (RU-N, RU-NB, RBHS), NJIT, Kessler Institute, and VA Hospital with an objective: (i) to foster collaborative, inter-disciplinary research in neurosciences across Rutgers, NJIT, Kessler Institute, East Orange VA Medical Center; and (ii) to support pilot experiments that will lead to sustained funding from external agencies.

  • Proposals are funded for up to one year up to $40,000. There are two categories of research:
    • Translational neuroscience research that addresses disease mechanisms.
    • Basic neuroscience research that focuses on basic neural mechanisms, or on translational neuroscience experiments involving an animal model or clinical studies.

ORED Interdisciplinary Research Group: Funds research groups with at least 12 participating Rutgers faculty organized around a topic that is likely to be supported by future federal and private funding. The 12 “core” faculty must be affiliated with Rutgers, but outside members are also allowed. Any full-time faculty member(s) may apply on behalf of the group. The funds must be used to fund competitive awards that support collaborative interdisciplinary research projects designed to generate preliminary data for subsequent applications for substantial federal or private funding.

  • Proposals are funded for one year at $50,000 and require a $50,000 match.

Tuition Remission: Rutgers University – Newark Office of the Chancellor provides in-state tuition funding for PhD students supported by external research grant funding. To qualify for this funding:

  • The external grant must fully cover the student's stipend, benefits, and fees;
  • The tuition refund is limited to the in-state level of tuition in the respective school;
  • The student must be in good academic standing;
  • The student's registration (number of credits) will be verified before the approval is granted;
  • The funds will be released after the add/drop date is in a given semester;
  • The student's current term bill must accompany the Tuition Refund form;
  • A new request for tuition refund must be filled every semester.

Principal Investigators must secure external research grant funding to support in full the stipend and benefits for a PhD student and receive confirmation from their respective PhD Advisor, PI, and Dean.  Eligible Principal Investigators may request from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Collaborations a tuition refund form.PhD students could receive up to 9 credit hours per semester.


Research Council (all Rutgers campuses): By means of small grants, the Research Council supports studies leading to significant outside funding and publication in all fields of learning represented in the University as well as for creative work in the arts. Applicants may request funds for a variety of research needs, such as equipment and supplies, research assistance, subvention for publication of scholarly books, and essential travel related to research– in short, funds to cover expenses directly related to research and other creative endeavors. Restrictions are specified in the guidelines.

  • Applicants may request a maximum of $5,000 here.