Conference and Workshop Development Fund

There will not be a call for proposals for the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fund information:

Rice University’s Conference and Workshop Development Fund fosters the development of conferences and workshops that enhance the reputation and quality of scholarship across the University.

Faculty are encouraged to engage the various University institutes such as the Baker Institute, the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, the Ken Kennedy Institute, the Humanities Research Center, the Kinder Institute, Rice Space Institute, and the Smalley-Curl Institute, where appropriate.

Proposals that engage broadly across campus and that can include many constituencies such as graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged. There is an expectation for events to be inclusive with participants from diverse backgrounds.

Awards are funded up to a maximum of $50,000 for an international conference and $10,000 for a more-focused disciplinary workshop.

No Conference and Workshop Development funds may be used for salary, purchase of research equipment, or reducing teaching responsibilities. Proposals with other additional funding sources may be viewed favorably. To support new conference topics, awards for repeat conference requests may receive reduced funding. There is an expectation that events are to be held at Rice University in most cases to further our reputation as a center for scholarly discussion.


Full-time and research faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. Please inform your department chair that you have applied.

Review process:

The review of proposals will be carried out by the Vice Provost of Research. Under special circumstances, proposals can be submitted off-cycle for emerging topics.

Selection criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. The quality, significance, and potential impact of the project;
  2. The contribution the project makes to furthering the Vision for the Second Century (V2C), particularly in the following:
    • Raise Rice’s research and scholarship profile;
    • Promote Rice’s interdisciplinary activity;
    • Engage Rice’s various institutes, as appropriate;
    • Engage with diverse external constituencies (e.g., Rice students, Rice alumni, the city of Houston, or others).

How to apply:

Proposals must be submitted using this webform.

Proposals must include the following in a single PDF document:

  1. A conference/workshop description that includes topics, potential speakers and a tentative schedule (no more than two pages (in 12-point type), including figures);
  2. A single-page budget indicating how the requested funds will be expended (as well as the identification of other funding resources supporting the request);
  3. A curriculum vitae for each applicant of no more than three pages per CV.