Pitt Momentum Funds

The Spring 2023 cycle of the Arts & Humanities Microgrants is now accepting applications through March 13, 2023. 

Online application: https://upitt.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1880409

Information Session recording: https://pitt.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=2d9e4f1a-0a0d-4305-ae15-af080137545c


The Pitt Momentum Funds support high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors at four distinct scales. The suite of funds consists of: Arts & Humanities Microgrants,   which support smaller-scale projects for individual faculty or teams in the arts and humanities; Priming Grants, which support significant and innovative scholarship by individuals or small groups of faculty; Teaming Grants, which support the early stage planning and capacity building of large multidisciplinary projects; and Scaling Grants, which support the detailed project planning, gathering of proof-of-concept results, and reduction of technical risk so that teams can competitively pursue large, complex, extramural funding.

Awards are made across the breadth of interdisciplinary scholarship at the University, and all eligible faculty are encouraged to propose new, innovate ideas that can contribute meaningful insight, understanding, or solutions to societal challenges. Teamed projects are reviewed by multidisciplinary faculty panels and individual projects are reviewed by one of four committees:

  • 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

Arts & Humanities Microgrants support smaller-scale projects for individual faculty or teams in the arts and humanities; Awards are made twice per year for $3,000 for 1 year.

Priming Grants support significant and innovative scholarship by individuals or groups of faculty at all ranks at the University of Pittsburgh. In constructing each year’s portfolio of awards, particular attention will be given to supporting early career faculty* and areas where external funding is extremely limited. Awards are made up to $25,000 for 1 year.

Teaming Grants support the formation of new multi-disciplinary collaborations to successfully pursue large-scale external funding. Team and community building activities may include, but are not limited to, inviting external speakers, creating a working paper series, or organizing a workshop. Teams must include faculty from at least three schools as described in the eligibility criteria section below. Awards are made up to $60,000 for 1 year.

Scaling Grants enable multi-disciplinary teams to competitively scale their research efforts in targeted pursuit of large-scale external funding. Teams must include faculty from at least three schools as described in the eligibility section below. Awards are made up to $400,000 for 2 years.

The Teaming and Scaling Grants are specifically designed to further the goal of the Plan for Pitt: to engage in research of impact by positioning the University to participate in large research collaborations. Pitt Momentum Funds are administered by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research through the Office of Sponsored Programs, in coordination with and supported by the Office of the Provost.

Since this is the Year of Emotional Well-Being, research projects related to this year’s theme are also welcome. All projects must align with existing program guidelines and meet eligibility criteria.

To learn more about applying to the Pitt Momentum Funds please visit our FAQ and application resources page. To learn more about the work funded through this program, including project abstracts, please visit the PittResearch Fueling Our Future site.