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Seed Funding

Seed Funding

Seedling photo for seed funding



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. 

GOALS (Updated AY2016-17): 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. Preference also will be given to awarding at least one proposal with a significant Environmental Health component that is submitted by an investigator (regardless of faculty rank) who is either new to Environmental Health research or who has not had Environmental Health research funding in the past 5 years.

TYPES OF PROJECTS: Applications in all areas will be accepted, but investigators must indicate the project’s relationship to the SPH’s strategic initiatives. Resubmission applications will be accepted.

AVAILABLE FUNDING: We anticipate a total of $60,000 in available funds. There is no maximum allowable per application, but investigators are encouraged to consider the program’s goal to award as many applications as possible. Matching funds or tangible support from relevant Division(s) is strongly encouraged. Budget requests may include any items necessary to strengthen an important area for the research enterprise, including salary support for investigators. No indirect costs are allowed.

REVIEW AND AWARD TIMELINE: Application reviews are expected to occur in January 2017. Each application will be reviewed by two individuals, with at least one from the SPH Committee on Research. Summary statements will be issued in February 2017. Following a notice of award, funds will be disbursed once proper IRB approvals are obtained to begin project activities in April 2017.

FUNDED PROJECTS: A list of previously funded seed funding projects is available here.



Application Materials

Seed Funding Guidelines and Application Instructions (AY2016-17)

 Application Cover Page (AY2016-17)

Seed Funding Table of Contents

Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period 

Budget Justification Template‌‌

NIH Biographical Sketch (NEW!)

NIH Continuation Page

Planned Enrollment Table (Required for projects that involve human subjects.)

UIC-SPH Facilities and Other Resources Template 

Seed Funding Budget Worksheet (Worksheet includes current fringe benefit rates and calculations to convert percent effort into person months.) 

SPH Strategic Plan


Additional proposal development resources are available at the following sites:

SPH Granstmanship Workshop Archives (Username: ad\YourNedtID Password: Your common NetID password)

UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

NIH Office of Extramural Research

NIAID Sample Applications and More

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