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Innovative Seed Grant Program

Announcing the new deadlines for the 2015 Innovative Seed Grant Competition.

1) Grant Submission Deadline: February 23, 2015

2) Grant Panel Reviews: March 2015

3) Winner Notification: Early April, 2015

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Interested applicants

  • Applications for the Innovative Seed Grant Competition Program (IGP) are submitted electronically and reviewed by faculty volunteers.
  • Winners will be notified in April, and project funding will be available for use on July 1st of that year and will terminate after 18 months.

Innovative Seed Grant Program  (IGP) applications  support research, scholarly, or 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

New interdisciplinary or collaborative endeavors within CU faculty receive highly favorable consideration in this program.

Maximum budget requests are $50,000 per proposal for up to 18 months of work. 

Eligibility

All Boulder campus Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty, Senior Instructors, and Career Track Research Faculty (i.e., Research Professors Series, Senior Research Associates* (SRA), and Research Associates* (RA)) who hold an appointment of half-time or more, and who are eligible to submit a grant as a principal investigator (PI) to the Office of Contracts and Grants, are eligible to apply.

*RA/SRA in short-term, transitional postdoctoral training positions should not apply as the intent of this award is to foster new and innovative programs of research and scholarly inquiry that will be of long-term benefit to CU-Boulder.

  • Only one responsible PI for each application. Collaborators are expected, but no Co-PI's.
  • Applicants may submit no more than one proposal as a PI.
  • IGP recipients from the past two years are not eligible to apply this year.
  • Projects with a major scientific or budgetary overlap with the PI's active research support are not eligible.
  • Projects with a primary focus on curriculum development are not eligible.
  • Applicants with existing resources that could be used to fund their proposal are discouraged

All applications will need to include the following:

  • Project Title
  • Project Summary: Provide a concise lay summary (350 words maximum) of the project and explain how it will foster future research vitality - scholarly and/or artistic - at CU-Boulder.
  • Principal Investigator name, e-mail, and department (only one PI per project; no Co-PIs)
  • Curriculum Vitae: Upload the Principal Investigator PDF file.
  • Collaborators and their roles, if applicable, (name, institution, Unit/Dept) whose participation significantly expands the scope and or direction of the proposed research or creative work.
  • Amount Requested (no overhead or indirect costs allowed).
  • Desired Review Venue
    • Arts & Humanities
    • Basic Physical Sciences
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Engineering & Applied Sciences
    • Geosciences & Environmental Sciences
    • Social Sciences & Professional Schools
  • Project Budget and Justification file: Clearly itemize, by category, the major expenditures that will be required to carry out the proposal. No overhead or indirect costs may be included. Also, concisely provide a justification of the items requested in the budget. Budgets that request solely faculty salary support are discouraged. Faculty course or teaching buy-out is not allowed. Focus particular attention on providing a justification of items listed in your budget that may not be obvious to reviewers who are familiar with but are not experts in your specific field of research or creative work. Include how much/who/what. Upload as a PDF file.
  • Project Plan: Attach a Research Plan that briefly describes the aims, significance, methods, and expected outcomes of the project, highlighting how it involves a new and creative direction for the researchers and has the potential for establishing new research directions and/or high future payoff. Upload as a PDF file. Maximum length is 3 pages.
  • Selected honors and awards/Representative Scholarly Work or Publications Relevant to this Proposal: Be sure to highlight those published works that are directly relevant to your ability to carry out the proposed project.
  • Other Research Support: Identify all currently active support, or support that will be active as of next fiscal year. Include agency, amount, project title, and award duration.
  • Remember, the projects may take any 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 all and any disciplines at the university, with those involving interdisciplinary work that will foster interaction among CU faculty particularly welcome. 
    • Proposals should use clear writing appropriate for non-specialists and make a strong case for the importance of the project to those outside the area of study.
    • Include the PI's name and the year of application within the document title, e.g., RMooreResearchPlan2013.pdf.
    • Attachments must be in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format.
    • Documents should be in Arial 11 pt type with at least 0.5" margins and be no longer than 3 pages in length, including charts/figures.
    • You may add up to 2 additional pages for literature citations at the end of the Research Plan, for an absolute total of five pages.
    • A research data management plan - please look at  https://data.colorado.edu/ to learn more

Data Management Plan Brown Bags for the Innovative Seed Grants hosted by the Research Data Advisory Committee will be held on the following dates:

  • Sciences and Social Sciences, February 17th, 4:00-5:30pm, ARCE 620
  • Arts and Humanities, February 18th, 4:00-5:30pm, Norlin E260

If you would like to RSVP to one of these brown bag events please go to:

http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3R75j23GFks3iU5 


The 2014 Innovative Seed Grant Competition resulted in 18 new grants for a total of $850,000 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 176 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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