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Innovative Seed Grant Program

The 2015 Innovative Seed Grant Competition resulted in 17 new grants for a total of $786,154 being awarded to Boulder faculty across all disciplines.

In 2006, the Offices of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Research pooled funds for an annual campus-wide seed grant program intended to stimulate new and exciting areas of research and creative work on the CU-Boulder campus. Since that time, seed grants of up to $50,000 have been awarded to 193 faculty researchers and research teams for research, scholarship, and creative projects that:

  • involve new interdisciplinary initiatives that take investigators in creative, and sometimes high-risk, high-reward directions including team development proposals for future large team research projects
  • have tangible payoffs in terms of future funding, scholarly or artistic impact, or development of new productive collaborations

The projects may take a variety of forms but must represent an investment in the future research, scholarly, or artistic vitality of the university and demonstrate promise for expansion of the project goals in the future. The projects can come from any discipline at the university, with those involving interdisciplinary work that will foster interaction among CU faculty particularly welcome. Consistent with legislative intent and university policy, the state-appropriated operating funds allocated to carry out the role and mission of the institution, and specifically earmarked for the Innovative Seed Grant Program, must be expended solely for the designated purpose.

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