The Kean University Untenured Faculty Research Initiative program (UFRI) was established in 1998 through a letter of agreement between Kean University and the Kean Federation of Teachers to support the competitive research efforts of untenured faculty. Through this program, faculty and librarians apply to receive research awards of released time (up to 6 credits) and limited direct costs. The UFRI program is open to all untenured full-time faculty members and untenured full-time librarians submitting proposals for original research or creative works in any discipline. Applications are accepted during the fall semester; deadlines are in early January. The Kean University Untenured Faculty Research Initiative Committee reviews submitted proposals and makes final award recommendations to the President. Funding levels may vary from year to year. Awards are announced in February for the following academic year. The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs administers the UFRI program on behalf of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.