Proposal Submission

Proposals are due to the Office of Research and Economic Development by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

Sarah Koerber (, Proposal Development Specialist, Office of Research and Economic Development, is the contact for the program. Proposals must be submitted through the UI’s Electronic Internal Proposal Routing System (EIPRS) at, which enables electronic routing and signatures of your proposal. The entire application package should be loaded into EIPRS as one PDF file. Please add your departmental grant administrator and Larissa LaBolle, Fiscal Operations Manager, Office of Research and Economic Development, as editors on your proposal. Since this is an internal grant program, the proposal will not need to be reviewed by your Sponsored Program Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs. 

Tips on submitting through EIPRS

  • Begin the Title with: "Seed Grant:

  • Sponsor name: select "Other" and enter "ORED"

  • How submitting: select "electronic"

  • Budget page: no F&A, no cost share required

  • Please upload your Seed Grant application as a single PDF file under "Attachment Full proposal"


Use single spacing, one-inch margins, and a font size of 12 pt. Do not include extra materials. Proposals that do not follow these guidelines will be returned without review.

1) Cover Sheet (1 Page): Complete the cover sheet included in this application packet. In EIPRS, please begin the title with “Seed Grant:”. This will assist with tracking the proposal through EIPRS. For Sponsor, please select “UI Office of Research and Economic Development.” Signatures of PI(s), departmental administrator(s), and college dean(s) will be processed electronically via EIPRS. All signatures must be obtained through EIPRS by the 5:00pm deadline in order for the proposal to be considered complete and on time. Please note that your College may have an internal deadline for proposal submission and routing, to ensure that there is adequate time for Departmental and College level review and approval. 

2) Abstract (1 Page): Provide a brief (limited to 200 words), non-technical description of the problem, work to be performed, and expected outcome. 

3) Narrative (2 Pages): PIs are encouraged to follow the structure below. 

    • Describe the proposed scholarly or creative activity, including brief context or background. 

    • Explain how the project will contribute to the PI’s field and professional development. For established investigators, the proposal must clearly explain how the project is a change in direction.

    • Present specific objectives and methods and how they will be completed during the funding period.

    • Describe the expected outcomes and the deliverables that will result from the scholarly activity, e.g., publication, exhibition/performance, patent, proposal to an external funding agency.

    • If the PI has other grants > $25,000, include a list of currently funded projects in the Biographical Information (below). The proposed Seed Grant cannot duplicate projects funded through other grants and awards. 

4) Bibliography/References Cited. This will not be counted towards the 2 page limit. 

5) Budget Form: The budget must be reasonable and well justified. The resources needed to complete the project should be described. This may include resources already available (e.g., laboratory equipment, computational resources, performance space, etc) and resources to be funded by the Seed Grant. PI’s should work with their departmental grant administrator when developing the budget. Faculty who have been at the university less than 5 years must describe how their start-up funds contributed (or will contribute) to the proposed project. If the PI did not receive start-up funds, they should state that. Allowable expenses include, for example, expendable supplies, capital outlay (e.g., software, computer, equipment, etc.), and travel to conduct research. Funds may be used for partial support of undergraduate or graduate students. Up to one month of PI summer salary is allowed. Travel to professional meetings is limited to $500 and must be justified as related to the project’s outcomes. The maximum award is $12,000. Budgets that exceed the maximum amount will be returned without review. Because these are internal funds, no Facilities and Administration fees (F&A) will be assessed on these awards. 

6) Biographical Information: (up to 3 Pages): Please include: 

    • Field and date of investigator's highest degree.

    • Date of initial appointment as a faculty member at UI.

    • Present academic rank.

    • Publications, exhibitions/performances, and patents during past five years.

    • Proposals submitted and funding received during the past five years.