Program Eligibility

The Presidential Innovation Fund for Research and Scholarship requires that eligible proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Proposals must be submitted by UAlbany academic and research faculty in one of the following titles: Distinguished Professor, Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Empire Innovations Professor, Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, Assistant Research Professor, Research Center Director, Senior Research Associate, Research Associate, Librarian, Associate Librarian, Senior Assistant Librarian or Assistant Librarian.
    • If a faculty member in another title/rank is interested in applying to the PIFRS program as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, an inquiry can be emailed to requesting an opinion regarding the faculty member’s eligibility. Inquiries must be sent three (3) weeks prior to the PIFRS application deadline.
    • Faculty in other titles may participate in a proposal as a research collaborator/co-investigator as appropriate, but not as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator.
    • Outside researchers/scholars may be eligible to participate only if a disclosed gap analysis of the research or scholarly work reveals that the external researcher/scholar is needed. Please email your justification and gap analysis to at least three (3) weeks prior to the application deadline. NOTE: If approved, funding for non-UAlbany scholars is not allowable.
  • Eligible faculty may only submit one (1) PIFRS proposal as the Principal Investigator (PI) or a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI). However, a PIFRS PI or Co-PI may serve as a Co-Investigator or a Research Collaborator on another PIFRS proposal.
  • Proposals must have a multi-investigator team that demonstrates a record of achievement and accomplishment in the proposed field of study.
  • Proposals must advance new, innovative and interdisciplinary research concepts that promise to be transformative.
  • Proposals must advance research that has a broad societal impact or benefit.
  • Proposals must detail a specific pathway to attract future federal, state, international and/or private funding – with an emphasis and preference on federal funding.
  • Proposals must provide a research plan demonstrating that the project and project deliverables will be accomplished on-time.

Applications will NOT be considered for funding if:

  • The proposed research/scholarly activity is conducted by a single investigator.
  • The proposed research/scholarly activity is already supported by other funding sources.
  • The proposed research/scholarly activity is to renew or continue an existing project.
  • The proposed research/scholarly activity does not lead to future extramural grant applications.
  • The proposed research/scholarly activity is for gap funding to bridge support between external grants or contracts.
  • The proposed activity is focused on the development of curricular, teaching and/or workforce development programs.