The College of Arts and Sciences University Research Grant (URG) program exists to:
Illinois State University defines as research, "A formal procedure which contributes to the expansion of basic knowledge or applies such knowledge to the solutions of problems in society or exemplifies creative expression in a specific field of study. The results of the research are communicated to professionals outside the university through a peer review process in a manner appropriate to the discipline."
Full-time pre-tenured and tenured CAS faculty members, except for those currently serving on the CAS Research Proposal Review Committee (RPRC), are eligible to apply for University Research Grants.
The URG program includes four grant programs (NFIG, PFIG, SFF, and FRA) that are designed to work in an incremental and complementary way to support diverse research and creative program development resource needs at different stages of faculty careers.