The purpose of the Illinois State University Research Grant Program is to provide faculty with funds to develop significant research programs and support scholarly undertakings of the faculty.
For the purposes of the University Research Grant Program, research is defined as: "A formal procedure which contributes to the expansion of basic knowledge or applies such knowledge to the solution of problems in society or exemplifies creative expression in a specific field of study. The results of research are communicated to professionals outside the university through a peer review process in a manner appropriate to the discipline."
Colleges are required to establish their own College Research Grant Program Guidelines; guidelines are submitted no later than September 1st of each year for review and approval by the University Research Council.
The following essential elements must be included in each college's URG Guidelines: