ACES Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE)


The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Economic Sciences (ACES) Office of Research (OR) is issuing a call for Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE) grant applications. This grant encourages creativity and collaboration between ACES faculty and research partners (internal and external to UIUC). Accordingly, the OR solicits outstanding interdisciplinary team research proposals to initiate new and enhance existing collaborations among faculty. The aims of FIRE proposals are for faculty to:

  • Develop exploratory research ideas that require the involvement of multiple disciplines
  • Identify a research theme or question that gives coherence to the project and relates to the scope of programs within ACES
  • Collect preliminary data or other relevant information to address research questions
  • Prepare, develop, and submit research proposals for external funding

The expected product of the FIRE seed grant program is a fundable interdisciplinary research proposal.

The lead Principal Investigator must be a faculty member within the College of ACES.

The deadline for submission of FIRE proposals is March 27, 2019 no later than 5 PM CT. The OR anticipates notifying successful applicants by May 15, 2019 with the funding to begin on October 1, 2019.

Submit proposals online through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) Special Programs site by March 27, 2019 at 5 PM CT. Questions? Contact Barbara Godlew ( in the ACES OR for additional information.

Start the 2019 FIRE grant application process.


2019 FIRE Request for Proposal (contains review criteria and guidelines)

FIRE Awards to Date