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Program Purpose

The goal of the Research Incentive Seed Grant Program is to support investigators in collecting preliminary data in new, innovative research areas that will be leveraged for extramural grant applications. In brief:

  • The VPR approves a set amount of funds for each college. The amount of these funds is based on the extramural award performance of the college.
  • Each college will run a competitive seed grant program that aligns with their specific needs.
  • Colleges will submit a list of research projects to the VPR that they recommend for seed funding.
  • Lead investigators on recommended projects will submit a project summary and detailed budget to InfoReady. After final VPR approval, the PI will work with the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) to set-up a DSS account to access the seed funds.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Tenure-line faculty and Career-line faculty who hold at least a .75 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.
  • Faculty must be in-residence at the University of Utah to be considered for Seed funding.
  • Faculty in Institutes/Centers/Programs, the Honors College, and the Libraries will need to apply via their home colleges.
  • Proposals must exhibit high potential for leveraging extramural funding and PIs must commit to submitting at least one external proposal based on the pilot project. If funded, all applicants will be required to present proof of extramural submission in the Final Report.
  • All applicants must clearly and convincingly demonstrate that the proposed project represents a new research direction in an area that is likely to generate extramural funding. Research that is already supported by other sources is not eligible for Seed funding. (For example, PI’s cannot receive funding from the URC program and the Research Incentive Seed Grant Program for the same or similar projects.
  • Proposals that have already been submitted to an extramural agency, or those already reviewed and found noncompetitive by an extramural agency, will not be considered for funding.

Budget Restrictions

Grant funds cannot be used for:

  • Travel that is not directly related to project research (including curriculum or career development, taking courses, or attending professional meetings and conferences)
  • Society/group memberships, consultants, or office equipment (including computers) unless clearly and convincingly justified

Application Process

  • Assistant/Associate Deans of Research, or their equivalents, will create a college-specific, competitive seed grant competition (in InfoReady) that includes the College's:
    • Aim/goal for utilization of seed funds.
    • Methods for soliciting seed grant applications from faculty.
    • A description of the internal seed grant review process.
    • The college’s intended plan for reviewing applications, and a description of the review committees.
  • Colleges will finalize their internal compeittion with the VPR Office by September 30, 2021 to be eligible to participate in the Research Incentive Seed Grant Program. A college may begin to collect seed proposals once the internal process is communicated to and approved by the VPR Office.
  • All colleges will need to adhere to the same internal competition deadline of December 1st, 2021.

Following the internal review process, colleges will need to submit a recommendation of research projects to be funded to Colleges will be provided instructions on submitting reccomendations. Project recommendations for seed grant funding must be submitted no later than February 7th, 2022.

Investigators Approved to Receive Seed Grants

The VPR Office will notify Awardees and Colleges of their seed grant award status by March 1st, 2022. Lead Investigators on projects approved for funding are required to submit a DSS in eProposal for the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP). Note: Failure to create and fully approve a DSS will result in a potential reduction of budget or dismissal of project.

Post-Award and Final Reporting Requirements

  • All Seed Grant awards are expected to begin May 1st, 2022 and will expire on April 30th, 2023, 12 months after activation of the award.  No-cost extensions will not be considered unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • A Final Report will be due to the VPR Office and the awardees’ colleges within 90 days of the project end-date. Investigators will submit their Final Report to their Associate Dean for Research (via InfoReady) who must approve the report at the college level to ensure that the college’s goals and requirements have been met. Approved reports will then be reviewed by the VPR Office. 
  • Final reports must include proof of proposal submission to an extramural funding agency. If the investigator has not submitted to an extramural funding agency at the close of the seed grant, their final report will not be approved by the VPR Office.
  • Investigators with outstanding final reports are not eligible for additional funding from the VPR Office.

Submit an Application to my College

Please identify your College's internal competition in the list below. Note that College competitions are published as they are approved. ALL College competitions will be available starting September 30th, 2021. 

Architecture + Planning
Fine Arts
Mines and Earth Sciences
Social Work
Social and Behavioral Science
Cultural and Social Transformation

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Last Updated: 10/5/21