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Seed Funding Program

The School of Public Health (SPH) provides funding to support pilot research by eligible SPH faculty. The program aims to fund projects that will lead to extramural funding. 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. The annual call for proposals includes details on available funds, eligibility, and funding priorities.

In addition, the SPH dean's office makes available small discretionary grant awards (mini-grants) to provide support for the research activities of SPH faculty for which other sources of funding are not available. See below for more information.

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AY 2023-2024 Status:

  • August 2023 Call for Proposals: Awards completed
  • January 2024 Special Call for Small Research Grants: In review
  • Mini-grants: Accepting applications

Recent Awards

  • Bookhart, Larelle
    Doula Enhanced Breastfeeding Community of Practice and Training Program Development & Pilot Test
  • Madigan, Dana
    Surveillance of Work-Related Injuries in Chiropractors
  • Dworkin, Mark
    Development of an mHealth Educational Intervention to Improve the Prevalence of Viral Suppression among Persons Living with HIV and Low Literacy in India (Global Health)

See previously funded projects below.

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A limited amount of discretionary funds are available each year to provide support for the research activities of SPH faculty for which other sources of support (e.g., Professional Development funds, grant) are not available. The two-fold aim in making these funds available is: a) to increase the competitiveness of faculty in obtaining external funding for their research and b) to support meaningful involvement of both undergraduate and graduate SPH students in faculty research. Types of expenses that may be supported include (but are not limited) to human subject payments, compensation for community partners, personnel and other costs incurred for data collection or analysis, publication expenses, software, laboratory equipment, and support for the development of proposals for external research funding.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are expended.

Eligibility and Restrictions
  • The maximum amount of funds that can be requested, in general, is $500. For collaborative proposals involving eligible faculty from two or more SPH Divisions and those that will support greater involvement of one or more SPH undergraduate and/or graduate students in the faculty member’s research, the maximum award amount is $750.
  • Requests will be considered only in cases in which funds to support the activities involved are not available through the faculty member’s Professional Development funds or (in the case of new faculty) start-up funds, an existing grant/contract, or other relevant mechanisms (for example, the ROAPP fund in the case of publication costs).
  • Applicants 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.
  • A faculty member can have only one request granted in a given year, inclusive of any awards received together with other faculty.
  • All proposals must include a clear indication of how the support requested will increase the faculty member’s prospects for receiving external funding for research.
  • The faculty member’s Division Director must approve the submission. Division Directors should enter Dr. David DuBois ( as their unit head for approval purposes.

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