Seed Grant Competition FAQs

Who can I ask questions about the Innovative Seed Grant Program?

Please contact Ryan Reeves at

How do I log in?

Applicants should navigate to the Online Application where they will be prompted to log in to OpenWater using your CU IdentiKey and password. If you need assistance, please contact

What is the policy regarding Co-PIs and/or external collaborators (i.e., from outside the CU system). Can their name be included in the grant as a collaborator? Can they be included in the budget in any form?

Each application should have a lead PI from CU Boulder. Co-PIs and collaborators are allowed and can be paid as long as the co-PI(s) are CU faculty and not at other institutions. Unpaid collaborators from other institutions are permitted. Note that 2017 grantees cannot be co-PIs for the 2018 competition. The purpose of the seed program is to invest in the future of research and creative work at CU Boulder.

How much faculty salary can I apply for?

Budgets can be no more than $50,000 total and faculty salary support requests are discouraged. As a point of guidance, RIO has not seen more than approximately two weeks of PI salary accepted by past review panels. 

Is funding for third party contractors permitted?

Third party contractor support is permitted if the contractor directly supports the research and is an integral part of the project. 

What is the maximum file size?

All files must be less than 50 MB.

What are the page limits for submissions?

Documents should be in Arial 11 pt type with at least 0.5" margins and no more than 13 pages total in length, including all components of the application. Each section of the proposal must be clearly marked to be considered compliant and eligible for review. 

The budget template and budget justification count as two separate pages towards the 13 page count. The proposal/project plan can be no longer than three pages in length, including charts/figures. Up to two additional pages for literature citations may be added at the end of the project plan, for an absolute total of five pages for the proposal/project plan. See the application requirements section for more specific page count requirements.  

When is the proposal due date?

2017 submission deadline is February 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM MST.