Proposals are due December 2nd, 2013
The Division of Research is pleased to announce the Faculty Research Seed Grant Program with a total funding available of $350,000. The third year of this program strives to foster increased extramural funding by facilitating the development of innovative research collaborations. The maximum award amounts are now $25,000 for Collaborative Awards and $7,500 for Individual Awards. A principal investigator may apply for both a Collaborative and an Individual award.
The objectives of the seed grant program are to:
- Encourage groups of researchers to collaborate on new avenues of research that otherwise would not be possible if explored independently.
- Assist early stage researchers to establish themselves as independent investigators by facilitating a record of preliminary research that will lead to successful grant applications in the future.
- Support researchers who received favorable reviews for their proposals but were unsuccessful with funding due to recommendations to perform additional research or testing.
While the competition strives to support excellence in all areas of funded research, an important aspect to consider this year is the opportunity for undergraduate students to work on the project as part of the Distinction Through Discovery QEP program.
The number of awards funded will depend on the quality and types of proposals submitted.
Faculty Research Seed Grant Program Past Winners
The maximum award amounts are now $25,000 for Collaborative Awards
and $7,500 for Individual Awards. A principal investigator may
apply for both a Collaborative and an Individual award. The number of awards
funded will depend on the quality and types of proposals submitted.
Proposals may be submitted by anyone who is eligible to submit a proposal to an
external funding agency as a principal investigator (see Principal
Investigator Eligibility Policy,
Faculty members who are currently supported by other internally funded grant
awards are eligible to apply provided the proposed seed grant funding supports a
different line of research. Additionally, faculty who received a previous seed
grant from this program in the past are still eligible to apply.
Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013. Submission instructions are listed below.
Award recipients are expected to produce sufficient results so that by the expiration of the award, the principal investigator(s) shall submit one or more proposals for external funding. To the extent that the information is known, drafts of the proposal(s) shall be submitted to the Division of Research every six months from the inception of the award.
Grant Editing Services
Grant editors are available to assist you with editing your proposal
until Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Contact Beth Barak at 561-297-2311 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an initial
meeting with a grant facilitator.
The following are allowable expenses: research supplies; equipment purchase or
rental; computers; software; salary and benefits for research-related staff
(e.g., technicians, post-doctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate
students); and travel to conduct research.
The following expenses are not allowed: salaries and benefits for principal
investigators; secretarial support; telephones; internet service; postage;
alterations or renovations of laboratory space; furniture; periodicals and
books; dues and memberships; and travel to conferences and symposia.
Conditions of the Award
- The award will be made to the principal investigator(s) and cannot be transferred without prior approval.
Equipment purchased with seed grant funds will remain the property of FAU.
The proposed seed grant program can be administered for up to two years.
Extensions will not be permitted.
The principal investigator(s) shall prepare at least one fully developed
proposal for extramural funding and submit it for review by the end of the
proposed funding period.
Proposals will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary panel convened by the Division
of Research. The panel will rate the proposals based on quality, clarity,
technical merits of the proposed research, and the likelihood of obtaining
funding from the proposed funding source(s). The review panel will give their
recommendations to the Vice President for Research and final decisions will be
made shortly thereafter. Written comments will be provided to all those who
Principal investigators who wish to apply to the seed grant program must submit
their proposals to the online submission portal at
by 5 p.m. on December 2, 2013. Because these are internal awards, proposals
should not be submitted to the Division of Research using the grantsERA system. Questions about the Seed
Grant Program or application requirements can be directed to Dr. Jeffrey
Anderson, Associate Vice President for Research at 561-297-1165 or
Format for submission:
Proposals must single-spaced, with a font size no smaller than 11 point; minimum
1-inch margins; tables and figure legends can be in 10 point.
Project Summary: Maximum one (1) page.
Include the title of the project and name the principal investigator(s), co-PIs,
and other contributors. Provide a statement of the objectives and methods to be
employed that demonstrate how this funding would lead to a successful grant
application. Provide a specific start date and end date of the proposed seed
Narrative: Maximum four (4) pages. Include the following sections (with section headers):
- Introduction and Background: Provide an overview of the research project,
including a clear statement of the problem/challenge and the objectives of the
proposed project. Describe the background of the project, including a review of
the appropriate literature in the field. Succinctly describe the specific aims
of the project, and briefly describe any preliminary results, if applicable.
- Intellectual Merit: Provide a statement regarding the intellectual merit of the
proposed activity. Intellectual merit can encompass the importance of the
proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within the field or
across different fields; the qualifications of the applicant(s) to conduct the
research based on prior work; the extent to which the proposed activity suggests
and explores original concepts; and the conception and organization of the
- Project Plan: Provide a brief description of the methodology to be used to
conduct this research. Include a project timeline and the research related staff
needed to complete the project. Research projects that are experimental in
nature should describe the design of the experiment(s) and the methods for
acquiring and analyzing the data. Non-experimental projects should include a
description of the work to be done, the available resources to conduct the
research, and a plan for carrying it out.
- Anticipated Results: Describe the anticipated results of the project and how
they fit into any larger, long-term research plan. Identify the avenues of
dissemination that meet standards for scholarship in the discipline. Describe
the sources of external support that will be pursued to fund continuation and
expansion of the proposed research. Cite specific funding agencies and programs,
as well as time lines, due dates and potential funding amounts.
- Critical Issues: Address critical issues, if any, that could interfere with the
deliverables of the proposed project.
- References: Use the publishing citation conventions of the discipline for each
reference cited in the narrative.
Budget and Resources: Maximum two (2) pages. Include the following sections:
- Budget: Before completing the budget, please carefully review the sections on
allowable and non-allowable expenses.
- Budget Justification: Justify the funding request in narrative form. Each line
item on the budget must be fully explained and justified. If a seed grant is
awarded, the Division of Research may follow-up with the principal
investigator(s) to provide further justification of certain budgeted items.
- Institutional Resources: Describe the resources currently available to conduct
Biosketch: Maximum of one (1) page for the principal investigator. An additional single biosketch page can be added for each Co-PI on Collaborative proposals.
Submission of appendices, letters of support, and other supplementary documents
will not be permitted. All information must be contained within the application
sections described above.
Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on December 2, 2013. Late
submissions will not be accepted and will be returned without review. Proposals
must be sent electronically to
http://dorsrv1.fau.edu/SeedGrant/registration.aspx in order to be
considered for funding.
Notification of the Award
For projects to begin as early as February 2014, every effort will be made to notify principal investigators of their award status by end of January 2014.