New incentives for large-scale research proposals

Dear Rice Colleagues,

Our Rice community is pursuing the ambitious goal of enhancing our research portfolio and doubling our research funding over the next decade. Attaining this goal requires new and innovative approaches to our current research infrastructure.

In order to explore some new pathways to accomplish this, we have developed a research incentive pilot program to enhance our thriving research culture. The incentive program is open to tenured or tenure-track faculty members and is aimed at assisting principal investigators with hiring temporary grant writers, engaging external “red team reviewers” for a preliminary review, traveling to key collaborator locations or other allowable expenses for the development and submission of competitive grant applications.

Eligible principal investigators who apply for grants will receive Rice discretionary funds based on the size of the grant, per grant submitted. In addition to this, there will be additional discretionary funds for awarded grants also based on the size of the grant.

The thresholds to determine the funding are reduced for faculty whose primary appointment is in the School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, Shepherd School of Music, School of Architecture, Jones Graduate School of Business or the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, if they are not applying for a grant with the NSF, DOD, DARPA or NIH.

To receive funding through this incentive program, applicants must submit abstract, budget and budget justification to before July 1, 2024, regardless of the grant deadline. Please click here for more details.

These new incentives complement the great strides the Office of Research has made in improving pre-award grant identification and development, pre-award administration services, communication about seed grants for exploratory research and brainstorming workshops for funding.

If you have any questions or to apply for these new financial incentives, please contact: Carlos Garcia , AVP for Research Operations and Administration (


Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Executive Vice President for Research

Amy Dittmar, Howard R. Hughes Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs