OSPR Funding Opportunities

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research is eager to support faculty members who wish to enhance the competitiveness of their grants through incentive programs.

Peer Review Incentive Program

Faculty members who serve on review panels gain knowledge of the breadth and most current scholarship in their field and insight into what makes a grant proposal succeed (or fail) during peer review. They also begin to develop professional relationships with agency personnel.

The program intends to support participation in a review panel for a program faculty plan to apply for in the future. Participation in review panels for a student program; for example, would not be eligible. Generally, a faculty member is eligible to receive $750 once, although a subsequent award will be considered after the applicant has submitted a proposal to a funding agency.

  • A $750 stipend will be provided to a faculty member who serves on a federal review panel. This will be in addition to any compensation that is provided by the federal agency.
  • To apply, submit a completed application to . The application must be submitted four weeks prior to serving on the panel. These activities are subject to the availability of funds and the OSPR will not provide support for any activities that were not pre-approved.
  • PRIP Application (PDF)

How to Apply to be a Peer Reviewer

agency instructions

National Endowment for the Arts

Complete and submit a National Endowment for the Arts Application.
National Endowment for the Humanities Complete and submit a National Endowment for the Humanities Application.
National Institute of Health Send an email to the Enhancing Peer Review mailbox with a brief description of your area of expertise in the body of the email (1-2 sentences) and a copy of your biosketch as an attachment. For more information, visit the NIH website.
National Science Foundation Send an email to the NSF program officer(s) of the program(s) that fit your expertise. Introduce yourself and identify your area of expertise, and let them know that you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer. It is most helpful if you also attach a 2-page CV with current contact information. For more information, visit the NSF website.
Department of Education The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) often seeks Peer Reviewers. You must create or login to a G5 account in order to apply. For more information, visit the OPE website.

Reimbursement for Travel to Visit a Program Officer

The OSPR will reimburse faculty members for the cost of a round-trip visit to an agency located in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of meeting with a program officer. To apply, submit a completed application to  before your trip.

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