Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum

The Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum (YSIF) is a biannual event open to current Fox School faculty and PhD students for seed funding grants to undertake novel interdisciplinary research projects. The traditional YSIF seed funding grants in the amount of $500 to $5,000, with an annual amount of $50,000, will be available for proposal submission groups seeking small or medium outside funding grants.

Young Scholars takes place in both the fall and spring semesters. Learn more about the Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum.

PhD Student Research Competition


The PhD Student Research Competition is an annual school-wide research forum that affords top-tier PhD students and alumni the opportunity to present their research, receive awards and begin building their academic resumes. Categories include research from first year, second year, and third-to-fourth year doctoral students; dissertation proposals, and completed dissertations. Faculty judge the rigor of the research design, execution, and data analysis; the novelty of the research; the students’ presentation, including their oral performance, graphical poster, and written paper; and the research’s contribution to theory, practice, or policy.

The PhD Student Research Competition takes place annually in the fall semester. Learn more about the PhD Student Research Competition.

FOX Research Seed Funding Program

Are you a Fox faculty member looking to establish proof-of-concept, conduct a pilot study, or overcome a developmental hurdle or technical challenge in your research?

The Fox Research Seed Funding Program is a year-round opportunity for Fox School faculty. The program is designed to infuse applied research projects with the necessary funding to support the potential to receive additional funding from external sources. Projects that are funded will receive support for individual projects in the range of $5,000 to $20,000, with the goal of yearly funding under this program to reach upwards of $50,000.

Click here to review program information, eligibility, proposal requirements, and application information.

Sponsored Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research, Doctoral Programs, and Strategic Initiatives curates a database of funding opportunities available to scholars across several areas of business research. The following list of resources can lead you to funding opportunities from the public and private sectors:

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

An independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. Funding source for about 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. Learn more about NSF and explore funding opportunities in NFS’s research areas, including:

If you require more information about NSF funding, or any of its grant-funding programs, please contact Joseph Ryan, senior associate director of research and administration, at