Seed Money Grants

Description

The purpose of the SSRI Seed Money Grants Program is to help faculty collect preliminary data or perform preliminary research so that they can submit, or revise and resubmit, a competitive proposal to an external funding agency within 12 months of the end of their SSRI Seed Money Grant.

Application Deadlines (Due by 11:45 p.m., CST)

Fall: Sunday, October 11, 2020
Spring: Sunday, March 28, 2021

Award Information (FY21)

Estimated Number of Awards: 5
Anticipated Funding Amount per Award: $10,000

Eligibility

The SSRI Seed Money Grants Program is available to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty at all ranks. Faculty may only receive assistance from this program once per academic year. Faculty who receive an SSRI Seed Money Grant but do not submit an external grant proposal will be ineligible to apply for future seed money grants.

Funding

Requests may be up to $10,000 and must be justified within the application. The amount awarded may differ from the amount requested. The duration of the award is 18 months. There is an award competition each semester, with five awards available in each fiscal year (July 1- June 30). Applications will be evaluated by the School’s Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) steered by the Dean of Social Sciences and a six-member faculty panel representing multiple departments. Proposals must be written with a multi-disciplinary audience in mind. All research must comply with university regulations (e.g., IRB approval). All funds remaining at the time of award expiration will be returned without notice. No-cost extensions will not be granted under any circumstance.

Allowable Expenses

Funds may support research-related travel (transportation, lodging and other incidentals; subsistence/meal per diem will not be allowed), wages (including fringe benefits) for staff or graduate/undergraduate student workers, supplies, subject compensation, special software needs, if the need is clearly tied to the project, and other miscellaneous research expenses. Requests for travel funding should be actual dollar estimates of your anticipated expenses – per diem for lodging is not allowable. No support is provided for faculty supplemental compensation, travel to conferences, or computer hardware.

Application Procedure

Submit the completed online Seed Money application (at the bottom of this page) by the deadline. Required proposal components are listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. All materials must be written with a minimum of 11 point Arial or Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins and single spacing, and saved as a pdf file.

  1. Proposal narrative (maximum of 3 pages): The proposal narrative should discuss the research proposed and explain how it is expected to lead to a larger research project for which external funding will be sought. The research question of interest and the methods to be used should be clearly explained and accessible to a non-specialist, academic audience. Explain how and why this research question is significant and/or innovative in the context of existing literature in the discipline. Relevant literature should be included in a separate References/Bibliography section and will not count towards the three-page narrative limit. Explain the anticipated end product of the research and how you expect it to lay the foundation for subsequent research. The proposal narrative must contain, as a separate section within the narrative a project timeline. This section will outline your schedule for the proposed research and should indicate when you plan to begin the proposed research, where it will be conducted, and when it will end.
  2. Potential funding sources: Include a list of possible future funding sources appropriate for a proposal that expands this research. Include funding agency, links to the funding announcements or request for proposal, amount of award, and due dates.
  3. Itemized budget and justification (maximum of two pages): Be sure to include item, cost, quantity, and justification for each item. Examples of allowable grant expenses include, but are not limited to, ­research-related travel (transportation, lodging, and other incidentals; subsistence will not be allowed), wages (including fringe benefits) for graduate or undergraduate student workers or staff, human subject payments, supplies, special software needs if the need is clearly tied to the project, and other miscellaneous research expenses. Requests for travel funding should be actual dollar estimates of your anticipated expenses – per diem for lodging is not allowable. No support is provided for subsistence, faculty supplemental compensation, travel to conferences, or computer hardware.
  4. Curriculum Vitae (maximum of two pages): Any format is allowed, including biosketches used by NSF and NIH (but limit to 2 pages).
  5. List of current and pending support (no page limit): Any format is allowed, including current and pending support used by NSF and NIH.
  6. Prior reviews if applicable: If the SSRI Seed Money Grant is being used to resubmit an external proposal that was previously declined, the application should include a summary of the major criticisms raised in the review, and an explanation of how the SSRI Seed Money Grant will be used to address these criticisms.

Evaluation Criteria

The primary criteria are the significance of the proposed research, its feasibility within the planned timeframe, and its potential to lead to competitive funding applications for subsequent research. The FAC panel will more readily appreciate these aspects of the proposal if it is written clearly and for a non-specialist, academic audience.

Applications will be evaluated in terms of significance, innovation, rationale and justification, feasibility, and likelihood to result in external funding. Proposals will be more effective if they are written clearly and for a non-specialist, academic audience.

Requirements and Expectations

Those who receive an SSRI Seed Money Grant are required to provide additional information:

  1. A report (maximum of 2 pages) summarizing outcomes must be submitted within 60 days of the expiration of the award.
  2. A notification of the submission of a proposal to an external funding agency, which should be within 12 months of the end of the award. If the sponsor to which you are applying does not have a deadline that falls within that month's window, please contact Chris Rodriguez (carod@rice.edu) to discuss your intended submission.