Research Excellence Fund (REF)

Budget Deadline: March 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Proposal Deadline: March 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Please submit your proposal electronically in a single pdf file only to

All submissions need to be sent to If they are not, they will be ignored/rejected.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

With an expectation of a heavy volume of submissions for this competition, please adhere to all guidelines including proposal format.

Research Excellence Fund (REF) awards will provide grants in four categories:

  1. Infrastructure Enhancement (REF-IE)
  2. Research Seed Grants (REF-RS)
  3. Scholarship & Creativity Grants (REF-SCG)
  4. Commercialization Milestone Grants (REF-CMG)

Award Period—All awards will begin July 1 of the award year and will end August 31 of the following year.