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1U4U Initiative – VPR Targeted Seed Grant Program Announcement

The Office of the Vice President for Research is launching a targeted seed grant program that is intended to foster campus-wide collaborations to facilitate the formation of new interdisciplinary, multi-investigator teams that will pursue significant external funding. In Fall 2019, the program will target two focal research areas:

1.   Opioid Addiction
2.   Violence Against Women

 Proposals are solicited for seed projects in these areas that bring together U of U researchers from different units on campus to initiate new, solutions-oriented research programs that address causes and/or possible solutions to these pressing societal and public health issues. Research teams should be interdisciplinary, span different departments or colleges, and constitute new collaborations.Preference will be given to proposals that include researchers from both the main and health sciences campuses, and to projects with strong off-campus partnerships.

Research that is already supported by other sources will not be approved for funding. Gap funding to bridge support between external grants or contracts will not be considered. The applicants must clearly and convincingly demonstrate that the proposed project represents a new research direction that is eligible for extramural funding. Thus, the proposal must not overlap with any existing grants (i.e. PIs cannot receive funding from the VPR Funding Incentive Seed Grant or existing mechanisms for the same, or a similar project). Seed funding under this program is to be used to successfully compete for extramural funds to support the project in the long term and proposals must include a detailed plan for soliciting extramural support.

Awards will be up to $50,000 for multi-investigator teams for one year only. Larger amounts may be considered under exceptional circumstances with a very strong justification.

Due Date
Submissions are due by October 15, 2019.

Required Application Documents to be uploaded as a combined PDF

  • Cover Sheet
  • Abstract (250-word maximum)
  • Project Description (Five page maximum)
  • Key References (One Page Maximum)
  • Budget and justification
  • CV for all PIs and co-PIs

Project Description
The project description should be limited to five typed, single-spaced pages with one-inch margins and a font size of 12 points, and should address the following:

  • Description of the problem to addressed.
  • Relevance to the 1U4U Program.
  • Goals, methodology, and deliverables.
  • Explanation of how the proposed project constitutes a new campus collaboration.
  • Role of each project investigator.
  • Plan for extramural support, included specific funding opportunity to be targeted and timeline for submitting an extramural proposal.

Project budgets
A detailed justification should accompany the project budget with an explanation and justification for all proposed expenditures.

Contact Information:
The above guidelines can be found HERE, on the VPR website funding page. The link to apply can be found HERE, in InfoReady.

Please contact Diane Pataki or Tyler Matsamas with any questions.

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Last Updated: 4/13/21