The seed funding initiative supports early-stage research conducted by faculty and investigators with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health. Funding is available for activities such as conducting preliminary research to inform study design, demonstrating feasibility of research protocols, pilot-testing novel methodologies, exploring translational research methods in public health (all fields), or initiating new interdisciplinary research.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-18 COMPETITION
Note: A second call for proposals is planned for April 2018. Application materials and deadlines will be updated when the second call is released.
January 2018 - CLOSED
LETTER OF INTENT DATE
December 15, 2017
Awards are available to faculty and other researchers with 40% or more effort in the current academic year (teaching, clinical, and research) dedicated to the School of Public Health. Applicants must have a primary university appointment in the School of Public Health.
Awards will be judged according to their likelihood of leading to external (e.g. NIH) funding. Priority will be given to projects proposed by junior investigators.
TYPES OF PROJECTS
Applications in all areas will be accepted, but investigators must explain how the proposed research will facilitate future extramural funding. Resubmission applications will be accepted.
We anticipate a total of $40,000 in available funds. There is no maximum allowable per application, but investigators are encouraged to consider the program’s goal to fund as many applications as possible. Matching funds or tangible support from relevant Division(s) is strongly encouraged. Budget requests may include items necessary to strengthen an important area for the research enterprise, including salary support for investigators. No indirect costs are allowed.
Two announcements are anticipated for the 2017-2018 academic year. The second call is anticipated in April 2018. Future announcements will be issued in the fall and spring of each academic year. The AY2018-19 announcements are expected to occur in September 2018 and February 2019.
REVIEWS AND FUNDING DISBURSEMENT
Each application will be reviewed by two individuals, with at least one from the SPH Committee on Research. Summary statements will be issued after peer review (February 2018). Following a notice of award, funds will be disbursed once proper IRB approvals are obtained to begin project activities (March 2018).
A list of previously funded seed funding projects is available here.
Seed Funding Guidelines and Application Instructions (January 2018 Competition)
Budget Worksheet The budget worksheet is a tool available to applicants for calculating the project budget. It is not required as part of the application.