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University Research Foundation Conference Support

We would like to announce the introduction of a modest new program as part of the University Research Foundation. We receive a number of requests for support of academic meetings, but these are rarely funded since they do not fall under any of the priorities to which the URF is dedicated. After consultation with the Chairs of the four committees that review URF applications, we have decided to introduce a separate funding opportunity to provide partial support for meetings, with the stipulations that are described below.

The meeting support program is designed for scholarly meetings that will be convened on the Penn campus, thereby providing enrichment opportunities to interested faculty, students, and staff, most frequently in the format of a 1-2 day colloquium. The intent is to support meetings that are designed to enhance existing research and scholarly programs, particularly in disciplines where external funding is difficult to obtain. Funding will be limited to no more than $3,000 per event, and should be dedicated to reimbursing the speakers for travel and accommodations, but not for meals and entertainment. It is expected that funding from the University Research Foundation will supplement funding from other sources and will not be the sole source of funding for the meeting. Grants will not become "entitlements" and cannot be renewed in successive years.

Applications for the Conference Support Program will be processed in the same cycles that now are used for URF project applications, and will be reviewed by the same committees. The deadline for the Spring 2003 cycle is April 14, 2003.

Applications should be brief, usually no more than 3 pages, and should include,

  • Name and contact information for the applicant, who must be a faculty member (tenure track, research track, or clinician-educator track)
  • A description of the purpose of the meeting
  • A proposed program agenda (appendix)
  • A proposed list of presenters (appendix)
  • The number of Penn students and faculty expected to attend
  • An explanation of the benefit to Penn students and faculty
  • An explanation of the benefit to scholarly or research programs at Penn
  • Relationship of the meeting to department, institute or center programs
  • The names of faculty who are organizing the meeting
  • Identity and contact information for the business administrator who would be responsible for administration of the funds
  • A budget, itemizing the types of proposed expenditures (appendix)
  • Evidence of matching funding from institutional or external sources
  • Evidence of institutional support in the form of no cost facilities and AV support
  • Proposed URF review committee (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or biomedical)

Please submit applications in electronic format, Word for Windows, plus a single hardcopy to Lanese Rogers,, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 119 College Hall, 19104/6303, (215) 898-7236.


--Neal Nathanson, Vice Provost for Research

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 26, March 25, 2003