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.

2021 Winter Competition

The School of Public Health is pleased to launch the winter AY20-21 seed funding competition.
Competition guidelines, details, and applications are available at: https://uic.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1828098 

Applications are due January 8, 2021. 

 

The School of Public Health (SPH) provides funding to support pilot research conducted by eligible SPH faculty. This initiative supports two calls for proposals in each academic year, one in the fall and one in the spring/summer.

The goal of the program is to fund as many projects as possible. 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 are encouraged.

NEW: In 2020-2021, additional funding is available for proposals aligning with the goals of the Policy, Practice and Prevention Research Center (P3RC). Applicants that would like to be considered for P3RC funding should select “Yes” to the below question “Does this proposal align with the goals of the Policy, Practice and Prevention Research Center (P3RC)?” Eligible proposals will be considered for funding under both the SPH and P3RC programs with the overall goal of maximizing the number of awards. Detailed information is provided in the program guidelines.

Eligibility: 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.

Goals: Awards will be judged according to their likelihood of leading to external (e.g., NIH) funding. 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 SPH funds for this round of competition. 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. See guidelines for budget restrictions.

Policy, Practice and Prevention Research Center (P3RC) Funding: In addition to the above funding, eligible proposals will be considered for P3RC pilot funding. We anticipate a total of $20,000 available to fund 1-2 proposals between $10,000-$20,000. Eligible proposals will be considered for funding under both the SPH and P3RC programs with the overall goal of maximizing the total number of awards.

 

 

Congratulations to new awardees!

A Novel Approach to Bacterial Sample Preservation and Transportation at Ambient Temperature
Abhilasha Shrestha, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

Caminos a Seguridad: Creating Culturally-Tailored Safety Planning “Pathways” for Chicago’s Latinas in a Pandemic
Alisa Velonis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences

Funded Projects