Seed Funding

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.

2020 Summer Competition 

Applications are closed for Summer 2020.

The next application round will occur late fall 2020.



New! For AY 2019-20, eligibility for awards is limited to PIs who are at the Assistant Professor rank or in the first two years of their appointment in SPH.  

The PI must be a faculty member 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. 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.

The Office of Research 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.  Future announcements will be issued in the fall and spring of each academic year.

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 the Fall.

Application Materials

If you have any questions about application materials, please contact the Office of Research Services.  Note that the budget worksheet is a tool available to applicants for calculating the project budget. It is not required as part of the application.

Congratulations to new awardees!

Joint and Two-Stage Prognostic Models in Pain Trajectory Research
Saria S. Awadalla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics

Out-of-pocket costs and coverage for chronic diseases in high-deductible health plans
Betsy Cliff, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Administration

PrEP in Practice: Analyzing PrEP Persistence and the Relationship Between PrEP Initiation and HIV Infections
Marcus Dillender, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Administration

An Expanded Social Network Approach to Locating People who Use Drugs and Recently Infected and/or Undiagnosed Positive Cases for HIV
Leslie D. Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences

Funded Projects