Office of Research and Economic Development Seed Grant Program
The Seed Grant program is sponsored by the University of Idaho Office of Research and Economic Development. The program’s objectives are to promote research, outreach and creative activities in all branches of learning that will improve competitiveness for external funding and/or which will result in publications, patents, recognition, awards or exhibitions/performances appropriate to the PI’s discipline. The primary purpose of the program is to support early career faculty establishing a scholarly program; early career faculty are those who have been at the U of I 5 years or less and/or are still Assistant Professors. Proposals that support a change in direction for established investigators will also be considered, but must be well-justified.
- All faculty members with 25% or greater of their time allocated to Scholarship and Creative Activities on their position descriptions are eligible to apply. This includes Extension faculty, faculty whose terminal degree is not a PhD (e.g., Law), Research, Library and Clinical faculty. A faculty member may participate in or submit only one seed grant proposal per year.
- Those who have current Seed Grants or have received seed grants in the past are not eligible to apply.
- Faculty who have current grant funding over $25,000 from any source are not eligible to apply unless the Seed Grant project will be distinct from the currently funded work. Faculty with current funding $250,000 or greater, including start-up funding, are not eligible. The PI must provide a list of currently funded projects and must clearly justify that the proposed project is distinct from currently funded work. Proposals that do not specifically address this distinction will be returned without review.
- The Seed Grant funding period is from May 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019. The Principal Investigator must state the anticipated start date and expected date of completion of the project.
The grant period for 2018 has closed. Proposal submission instructions for 2019 will be posted in November 2018.
- 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"
- Please add your Departmental Grant Administrator (DGA) and Larissa LaBolee, ORED Fiscal Operations Manager, as editors on your 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.
- 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 “U of I 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.
- 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.
- Provide an introduction to 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 funding period.
- Describe the expected outcomes and the deliverables that will result from the scholarly activity. This may include publications, exhibition/performance, patents, awards, etc.
- If applicable, identify the external funding agency(ies) to which you will submit a proposal for follow up funding.
- If the PI has other funding, including start-up funds, > $25,000, include a list of currently funded projects in the Biographical Information and describe the special circumstances that may justify a Seed Grant award.
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.
- Field and date of investigator's highest degree.
- Date of initial appointment as a faculty member at U of I.
- Present academic rank.
- Publications, exhibitions/performances and patents during past five years.
- Proposals submitted and funding received during the past five years.