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; these will be removed from your proposal before it is reviewed. Proposals that do not follow these guidelines will be returned without review. 
  • Cover Sheet (1 Page): Complete the cover sheet included in this application packet. 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. 
  • Abstract (1 Page): Provide a brief (limited to 200 words), non‐technical description of the problem, work to be performed, and expected outcome. 
  • 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. 
    • Present specific objectives and methods and how they will be completed during the one‐year 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 and describe the special circumstances that may justify an award
  • Bibliography, if applicable. This will not be counted towards the 2 page limit. 
  • 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. 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, but are not sufficient to be used as a research assistantship. 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 will be assessed on these awards. 
  • Biographical Information: (up to 3 Pages): Do not include a full CV or resume. 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. 
Ownership of any and all intellectual property created through the use of these funds shall be determined as defined in UI Faculty Staff Handbook 5300.

If the proposed project will involve regulated activities (e.g., Human Subjects, Animals, biohazards), the PI will need to obtain the appropriate assurances before a grant is awarded. The PI must specifically address their plans to obtain the appropriate assurances. All IRB or IACUC approvals must be received before the funds can be awarded to those engaged in regulated activities.

A final project report will be required; the due date and format of the report will be posted at a later date and/or provided to PIs at the time award decisions are made.

Proposal Submission

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2014. Please submit proposals through the UI’s Electronic Internal Proposal Routing System (EIPRS) at EIPRS allows your proposal file(s) to be uploaded as a PDF, and enables electronic routing and signatures. Please note that, 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. Sarah Koerber (, Proposal Development Specialist, Office of Research and Economic