The CU Boulder Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program (RISGP) recently announced approximately $800,000 in seed funding through 16 grants, with a focus on interdisciplinary ventures that take investigators in creative, high-impact directions.
The 2018 awards, announced by the CU Boulder Office of the Provost and Research & Innovation Office (RIO), are funding 16 grants for up to $50,000 each, including $150,000 for three projects supporting work directly connected to the CU Boulder Grand Challenge. The program stimulates new and exciting areas of research and creative work on the CU Boulder campus, as highlighted by a small sample of the 2018 Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program winners, listed to the right.
About the 2018 program
The 2018 program featured 56 applications, which were reviewed by 37 faculty volunteers, including previous RISGP recipients.
The selected projects represent an investment in the future research and scholarly or artistic vitality of the university and demonstrate promise for expansion of the project goals. The awardees come from disciplines across the university—with several of the ventures involving interdisciplinary work that will foster collaborative interaction among CU faculty—as well as disciplines not traditionally connected to sponsored research.
In addition to funding specifically earmarked to further strengthen the campus Grand Challenge, the RISGP had a special category for big data projects.
Impact over the years
Since 2008, the RISGP has provided more than $11 million to fund 254 innovative projects across campus. While 2016 and 2017 projects are still underway, results from previous years demonstrate the program’s impact.
Seed grant projects have resulted in measurable impacts including published manuscripts, artist residencies, inventions and millions of additional funding dollars for CU Boulder research. Outside of the measurable benefits, other RISGP impacts across campus are less quantifiable but equally powerful. New data, partnerships and research directions are often achieved, opening up opportunities that may otherwise not come to fruition. Additionally, funded projects provide undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and other investigators with critical research development and creative work experiences.
The 2019 program
RISGP submissions are generally requested early in the spring semester with reviews taking place in February and March, and selections announced in March or April.
Specific dates for the 2019 RISGP will be announced in the fall of 2018.