The Momentum Funds

To help faculty pursue opportunities for interdisciplinary research and scholarship, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd and Senior Vice Chancellor for Research Rob A. Rutenbar announce the Pitt Momentum Funds. This new suite of funds will help advance Pitt’s goal to engage in research of impact.

The Momentum Funds will continue to support high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors, but now at three distinct scales. The Momentum Funds integrate and extend the Central Research Development Fund (CRDF), the Social Science Research Initiative (SSRI), and the Special Initiative to Promote Scholarly Activities in the Humanities (SIPSAH). To complement those existing resources, the Momentum Funds bring new resources to support multi-year grants that will strengthen Pitt’s support for large-scale, team-based research endeavors, while refreshing and streamlining the existing funding that supports single investigators.

To truly make an impact, “grand challenges” -  especially those identified by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health - are never narrowly focused. Funding agencies are increasingly looking for research that can contribute meaningful insight, understanding, or solutions to societal challenges through an array of scientific, clinical, public policy, business, or technical considerations.

The suite provides three opportunities for researchers:

  • Seeding Grants (up to $16,000 for one year with supplements of $2,000 available to projects integrating undergraduate research experiences) support the early stages of new projects for individual or groups of faculty. Awards are made in four tracks:
    • Creative Arts, Performing Arts & Humanities
    • Engineering, Technology, Natural Sciences, and Mathematical Sciences
    • Health & Life Sciences
    • Social Sciences, which includes Business, Policy, Law, Education, Informatics, and Social Work
    • Preventing Sexual Misconduct** (All faculty, including School of Medicine, are eligible to apply to this track)
  • Teaming Grants (up to $60,000 for one year) help multi-disciplinary teams plan and build capacity to successfully pursue large-scale external funding and must include faculty from at least three schools, as defined in the application materials.
  • Scaling Grants (up to $400,000 for two years) enable multi-disciplinary teams to competitively scale their research efforts in targeted pursuit of large-scale external funding and must include faculty from at least three schools.

**Pitt Momentum Funds: Preventing Sexual Misconduct grants will support research that has the potential to positively impact efforts at all of the University of Pittsburgh campuses. Funds in this category are new and enhance the total funding available through the Pitt Momentum Funds. All faculty, including School of Medicine, are eligible to apply to the Preventing Sexual Misconduct track.

Expressions of interest will be accepted beginning October 9, and the deadline for grant applications is November 25.

Full details, including eligibility, submission materials, and timeline can be found at Pitt’s Office of Sponsored Programs.