Seed Money grants for up to $10,000 are available to tenure-track faculty at the rank of assistant professor for the development of larger projects leading to research grant proposals to outside funding agencies. Successful applicants will be expected to submit an external funding proposal within 12 months of the award expiration date. Awards have a duration of 18 months. There is an award competition each semester, with five awards available in each fiscal year (July 1- June 30). All research areas and methodologies within the School are considered equally.
The proposals 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, so proposals must be written with a multi-disciplinary audience in mind.
Fall: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Spring: Sunday, March 29, 2020
Estimated Number of Awards: 5
Anticipated Funding Amount per Award: $10,000
Tenure-track faculty at the rank of assistant professor. Tenured faculty are not eligible to apply.
Submit the completed online Seed Money application (at the bottom of this page) by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. Prepare all materials using a minimum of 11 point Arial or Times New Roman font, with one inch margins all around. Upload as a PDF. Be sure to include the following:
The primary criteria are the significance of the proposed research, its feasibility within the planned timeframe, and its potential 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.
Those who receive an SSRI seed money grant are required to submit two additional pieces of information:
1. A 1-2 page research report should be submitted to the SSRI within 60 days of the expiration of the award.
2. SSRI staff should be notified when the external application is submitted to the funding agency, which should be within 12 months of the expiration of the award. If the sponsor to which you are applying does not have a deadline that falls within the 12 month window, please contact Chris to discuss your intended submission.