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Seed Funding

Seed Funding

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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. 

RECENT AWARDS​                                                               

Project Title: Improving Drinking Water Quality in Rural Kenya: A Pilot Study of Impacts on the Gut Microbiome of Children
Principal Investigator: Samuel Dorevitch, Associate Professor, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Project Title: Workplace Health Promotion: Translating a Lifestyle Intervention for Certified Nursing Associates
Principal Investigator: Emily Stiehl, Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Administration

A list of all seed funding projects is available here.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due October 24, 2018 (5:00PM CST).

ELIGIBILITY: 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. Only one proposal per PI will be accepted.

GOALS: 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. Collaborative proposals with key personnel from more than one division are encouraged.

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.

AVAILABLE FUNDING: We anticipate a total of $40,000 in available funds. Awards typically range from $10,000 to $20,000, and 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.

FREQUENCY: Two competitions are planned for each academic year. This announcement opens the first call for proposals in AY2018-19. The second call is expected in February 2019.

REVIEWS AND FUNDING DISBURSEMENT: Each application will be reviewed by two or three individuals. Funding recommendations are made by the review committee, which includes members of the SPH Committee on Research. Summary statements will be issued after peer review in December 2018. The earliest expected start date is February 1, 2019.


Application Materials

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions - October 2018

 Application Cover Page 

Budget for Initial Period

Budget Justification Narrative Template

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.

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