2018 Seed Grant Program

Proposals Due: February 9, 2018

The Imaging Science IRT is funded by the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Our vision is to deveop an intensive, interdisciplinary research effort producing novel imaging systems and technologies with significant societal impact. The goal of IS-IRT is to solidify our position as a world leader in interdisciplinary imaging science and engineering. Our metrics for success in achieving this goal include:

  • Development of new collaborations with industry
  • IP and technology transfer
  • Enhancing our reputation through national press and positions
  • Success in obtaining multi-investigator and "center-scale" grants

The IS-IRT will award a total of approximately 180K in seed grants in 2018 in support of the IRT goals. The seed grants can range in size, but the suggested amount for a standard grant is $30,000. Seed grant proposals that involve multiple IRT members are strongly encouraged. Grants of more than $30,000 are possible in support of initiatives proposed by larger research teams or for capital equipment that will provide broad benefit to the IS-IRT. The seed grant program is open to all faculty members who are eligible to serve as PIs on grant applications submitted through the Office of Contracts and Grants.

All Seed Grant requests should be made through submission of a two-page (not including referneces) proposal no later than Feb. 9, 2018. Proposals should be submitted in PDF form to Faculty Director Todd Murray via-email at Todd.Murray@Colorado.Edu. Proposals should include the following elements:

  • Objectives of the project
  • Proposed activities
  • Timeline
  • Expected outcomes
  • Potential of the work to further the goals of the IS-IRT
  • Itemized budget and justification
  • Specification of a single PI

In the event of an award, the PI will be provided a speed type and will be responsible for project reporting. The start date for the project can be as early as Feb. 23 and all funds must be spend by the end of the calendar year. 

Renewal Criteria

The seed grants offer an opportunity for researchers with expertise in wave propagation, contrast agents, imaging systems, and computational approaches to explore novel, collaborative research directions and generate preliminary results for future funding opportunities. Preference will be given to proposals that clearly articulate how the project outcomes will further the IS-IRT goals and enhance the visibility of Imaging Science at CU. The primary review criteria are intellectual merit, impact of the work, and potential for attracting extramural funding. Funding decisions will be made by Feb. 19.


All grantees should provide a one-page summary report on the project outcomes by the end of the calendar year. The report should include, for example, project accomplishments, papers published, proposals submitted or planned, industry contacts made, and/or any type of recognition received.

For any questions or additional information, please contact Todd Murray, Director of the Imaging Science IRT.