Published: Oct. 27, 2017

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Research & Innovation Seed Grant Workshop
  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 6, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: UMC Aspen Rooms (285-89)


Sign up by Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. on to reserve your spot. Lunch will be served. Position your proposal for success. Attendees will hear from and have a chance to ask questions of RIO leadership and previous seed grant recipients from Engineering, English and Physics.

The Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program, now in its 12th year of stimulating new, compelling areas of research and creative work on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, is accepting proposals through Jan. 8. The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) is also hosting a workshop on Dec. 6, designed to share detailed information and help position submissions for success.

With a focus on interdisciplinary ventures that take investigators in high-risk, high-reward directions, the program has set aside $1 million to fund grants of up to $50,000 each, with $250,000 reserved to support work connected to the campus Grand Challenge: Our Space. Our Future.

Since 2006, Research & Innovation Seed Grants have supported a wide range of research initiatives, representing an investment in the scholarly and artistic vitality of CU Boulder—including team development proposals for large collaborative research projects. Past Research & Innovation Seed Grant-funded initiatives have seen tangible payoffs in terms of securing future funding and measurable impact.

In 2018, the program will again prioritize funding for research relevant to the "big data" field, i.e., the generation, analysis, use and application of large and complex datasets, such as those requiring new and/or non-traditional tools for data collection, curation, analysis, transfer, visualization, querying and protection/security.

Additionally, a portion of the funding has again been set aside to support projects that expand, strengthen and increase the global impact of the campus Grand Challenge.

Submit your proposal by Jan. 8

If you are developing an innovative research project that represents an investment in the scholarly or artistic vitality of CU Boulder, RIO invites you to submit a proposal.

Proposals from faculty from across disciplines will be judged in categories designed to allow all disciplines an opportunity to compete successfully, even if the discipline is not traditionally connected to sponsored research. Categories considered include:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Basic Physical Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • Grand Challenge
  • Geological & Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences & Professional Schools
  • Big Data

Applications will be assessed using the following review criteria:

  • Intellectual Merit
  • Impact
  • Interdisciplinarity & Expansion of Collaboration

Grant panel reviews will take place in February and March, winners will be notified by early April, and funding will become available starting July 1.  

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