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Research Seed Grants (RSGs)

Research Seed Grants (RSGs), awarded for amounts up to $10,000 from the Office of Research and Innovation, and are intended to enable research that seeds funding of extramural sponsored programs. The ORI encourages the use of RSG grants to support collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

Funding Restrictions
Funds from RSG may not be used for travel in pursuit of extramural funding or to workshops and conferences.
In addition, certain items may not be paid for using these funds, for example, alcohol, tips and gratuities. Please reference the link here for a breakdown of allowable expenses based on fund type.The RSGs may not request faculty summer salary or teaching release via buy-out. Only one RSG may be awarded to a faculty member each year.

To be eligible for the RSG the PI must be a faculty member that holds the academic rank of tenured-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate/Full Professor, and be employed on a full-time basis in a permanent position. Permanent and temporary faculty appointees who hold the doctorate (or equivalent) may serve as CoPI. Preference will be given to proposals from tenured and tenure track faculty.

Review Criteria
The following criteria will be used to review proposals:

  • Well-articulated and strong research project description. Project description is written with sufficient clarity and detail that an educated researcher can assess the application.

  • Clear plan to collect preliminary data/results needed for a future sponsored project application.

  • Project description states PI/CoPI expertise; when relevant describes the interdisciplinary component.

  • A convincing plan to apply for external funding sources to further the research.

  • A reasonable and itemized budget.

  • Broader impacts/significance of the research included in the project description.

Expectations and Outcomes

  • All proposals should contain a specific research plan and a specific plan for obtaining external funding.

  • It is expected that external support will be submitted within one year of completion of the RSG.

Research Seed Grants applications are due by February 3, 2020. A review panel will make recommendations for funding and a representative from the office of research and innovation will contact you after the review process is complete.

The application form can be accessed here, and includes the project description and additional forms within the document. Provide the application as one single .pdf file submitted to IntramuralGrants@unt.edu