Research at UH Hilo

Research Relations Instructions

The Research Council has some limited funds for the Research Relations Fund and Seed Money Grants and invites applications. Proposals (electronic copies only) should be submitted to the UH Hilo Office of Research to the attention of Dawn Namahoe at The subject line of your email should be Seed Grant Proposal or Research Relations Fund Proposal.

Application deadline is March 21, 2022, by 4:00 p.m. All applications will be reviewed equally as long as they are submitted by the deadline. Please be sure that the filename for the file that you submit begins with your last name. See the sidebar on the Research Council webpage for more information about each specific opportunity.

Application Guidelines

The UH Hilo Research Relations Fund supports selected scholarly and creative activities of faculty whose disciplines do not normally enjoy significant external funding. Such support is limited to small, relatively self-contained projects. This year's limited funds will be available to all tenure-track faculty, and some priority will be given to new untenured faculty and to those faculty who have not previously received funding through this source. The maximum amount available will be $5,000, but the average award is usually considerably less. Although requests for support of research-related travel (other than to conferences) will be considered, the Committee may offer only air fare and a modest lump sum toward per diem expenses rather than the usual per diem rate. Applicants are encouraged to seek supplemental funding from other sources and will be asked to specify such sources and the amounts requested from them, by line item, in their applications to the UH Hilo Research Council.

Applicants are eligible for 1 Research Relations Fund grant every 3 years.

Certain restrictions apply: requests for released time for more than one course, for overload or summer salary payments for principal investigators, for salaries for graduate assistants, or for personal computers will not be considered. Faculty members may submit only one application at a time. Requests for released time must be justified, and must be accompanied by the Chair's written assurance that other alternatives do not exist. Funds may be sought to augment sabbatical research but should not be seen as the primary source of sabbatical leave support. Faculty/staff members on leave without pay are considered to be separated from the financial responsibility of the University and are ineligible.

Proposals unresponsive to these requirements will not be considered. Appeals for reconsideration of non-funded proposals will not be considered. However, previously unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to try again in the next round of competition if they have strengthened their proposals. Applications are evaluated and awards are made by a sub-committee of the UH Hilo Research Council. In preparing their proposals, applicants should keep in mind that it is unlikely that members of the Council will be familiar with the proposal's subject. The abstract and the description of the proposed research should be written in such a manner that the purpose, methods and significance of the work will be easily understood by someone outside the discipline. UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Matthew Platz is available to help applicants with their proposals, including the budgets, and will be glad to review preliminary drafts.

The Council may offer less than the amount requested either in toto or by item, and/or may ask the applicant to identify a source of matching funds (although not necessarily 1:1) as a condition of receiving partial support. This practice, commonly used elsewhere, helps the Council to make its limited support available to the largest number of meritorious applicants.