Seed Grants Applications Open 

January 8, 2024

Faculty seeking grant funding to generate data or preliminary findings necessary to leverage external grants are invited to apply for seed grants. The Office of Research Services (ORS) is offering two funding opportunities, which opened on Jan. 2. The first is for arts and humanities faculty and the second is open to faculty of all disciplines. For more information on each program, click here

Arts and Humanities 

The program is designed to support arts and humanities faculty seeking external funding in the form of grants, contracts, and fellowships. Specifically, seed grant funds may be used to help faculty prepare for a proposal for external funding or the creation of artistic works or preliminary research in the humanities. Funds are not intended to support specific projects or professional development needs such as conference travel or publication costs. 

Applications should include at least one faculty in any college or school whose research, scholarship, and creative activity would be considered arts and/or humanities, including tenure/tenure-track faculty and instructional, research, and clinical (IRC) faculty with research allocated in their contract. All other faculty, such as visiting professors or scholars, are not eligible. 

ORS anticipates making eight to 10 awards of up to $10,000 each from a fiscal year program total of $80,000. Grant proposal(s) and/or funding applications are expected to be submitted no later than six months after the spending deadline. 

The deadline to apply is Feb. 16. 

All Disciplines 

The program is designed to support faculty seeking external funding. Specifically, seed grant funds may be used to support the preparation of an external funding proposal or the development of preliminary research necessary to prepare for an external funding application. These seed grants are intended to launch research, scholarly activities, or creative activities, as well as advance existing activities and investigations in an effort to strengthen applications to external funding agencies or private foundations. Applications will be awarded based on merit, and those that include a clear plan on how the seed funding will be used to support the preparation of an external funding proposal will have the highest priority. Applications from junior faculty and those involving student researchers are especially encouraged and may receive additional priority. 

ORS anticipates making 10 to 12 awards of up to $10,000 from a fiscal year program total of $100,000. Grant proposal(s) and/or funding applications are expected to be submitted no later than six months after the spending deadline. 

The deadline for applications is Feb. 29.