2018 ASIRT Seed Grant Funding

Download the Full 2018 Seed Grant Program Guidelines.

Phase I Funding

Deadline for Proposals:
Awards Decided:
Award Amount:

January 15, 2018
February 1, 2018

Phase II Funding

Deadline for Proposals:
Awards Decided:
Award Amount:

March 15, 2018
April 1, 2018
Depending on Phase I, at least $50K

Proposal Guidelines

Please submit a 1-2 (pdf) document by 11:59 PM on the due date for the Phase via email to eric.frew@colorado.edu. The level of detail in the proposal should align with the amount of funds being requested. The proposal should include the following elements:

  • The problem being addressed
  • Itemized budget
  • What specifically will be done with the seed grant funds
  • How the seed grant will further the goals of the ASIRT
  • Risks involved with the project
  • Measures of success
  • If applicable, specific external funding opportunities that the seed grant helps prepare the faculty to pursue


The ASIRT Seed Grant Program is open to all faculty (research, teaching, tenure-track) and research staff in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Awards will not be made directly to students or postdoctoral researchers, though their faculty advisors may request funds that you used to support their activities, e.g., travel to a conference.

All awarded funds must be spent before December 31, 2018. Unused funds will be swept back and applied to the CY 2019 budget allocation for ASIRT. 

Projects with multiple researchers are encouraged, but a single Principle Investigator (PI) from within CEAS must be identified who will managed the award. Projects over $5,000 will be given their own Speed Type to be amanged by the faculty member's home department. Projects less than $5,000 will be managed directly by the IRT with staff in the Dean's Office. 

The IRT and seed grant funds are intended to catalyze the research effort of CEAS faculty. As a result, support for course material and student teams is out of scope, unless a case can be made for direct impact on the research goals of the ASIRT. 

Seed grant funds are awarded without overhead. Any seed grant allocations that include payroll must also account for benefits.

The use of seed grant funds for social activities is acceptable, but the funds cannot be used to purchase alcohol.