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
June 1, 2018
LETTER OF INTENT DATE
May 1, 2018
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.
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. 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.
Two announcements are planned for each academic year. This announcement opens the second call for proposals in AY2017-18. Future announcements will be issued in the fall and spring of each academic year.
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 August 2018. The earliest expected start date is September 2018.
A list of previously funded seed funding projects is available here.
Seed Funding Guidelines and Application Instructions (Revised March 2018)
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.