Grant Review

Due to budgetary constraints the typical internal funding mechanisms are suspended at this time, although requests for emergency research needs will be considered. For information about emergency research funding or university-level funding opportunities for faculty, please contact Betty Lorch, Senior Associate Dean for Research, at


In an effort to increase the competitiveness of grant applications for extramural funding, the College of Arts & Sciences has a limited pool of funds to support a pre-submission grant application review by an expert outside of UK.  To be eligible, the PI must be an A&S faculty and the application must meet the following criteria: 1) be at least $250,000 in total costs, 2) be subject to the F&A (indirect) research rate, and 3) be ready to send to the reviewer at least 6 weeks before the submission due date.  The external reviewer will be selected by the PI and must have experience serving on a review panel for the targeted external funding agency. The selected external reviewer must agree to complete a full review using the funder’s review forms, which will be sent to the PI at least 4 weeks before the grant submission due date to allow for sufficient time to address the reviewer’s comments.

Up to $500 may be requested for the consulting fees for the external reviewer.  Requests for the pre-submission grant review funds may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed promptly.  Faculty should submit a letter to the ADR describing the nature of the request and relevant information on the proposed external reviewer. A letter of support from the faculty’s Department Chair is required.

Faculty are eligible to apply for funds for one pre-submission grant review each fiscal year.  Preference will be given to requests from untenured, tenure-track faculty or new investigators in any discipline.

To apply: please complete the following webform:


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