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Apr. 3

Nov. 1

Awards may not exceed $40,000, including fringe benefits.

Awards will typically be between $15,000 and $25,000.

Fraya Fox
frsp[at]indiana [dot] edu   
(812) 855-8913

Jeffrey Zaleski, AVP for Sciences
zaleski[at]indiana [dot] edu

Objective

The Seed Funding program supports new innovative research projects that have not been previously submitted for external funding from federal, state, international, or private entities but are targeted for submission to a specific external agency and whose likelihood of funding on submission would increase with the acquisition of data or proof of concept. Renewals and continuation projects will not be considered. Eligible projects must be new, innovative, and targeted for submission to a specific external funding agency within one year of the start of funding. Awards will be for nine months only.


Submission Deadlines to OVPR and Funding Periods

Submission Deadline
5:00 pm
Funding Period
Begin Date
Funding Period
End Date
 April 3 June 1  February 28
 November 1  January 1  September 30

 
Incomplete applications will not be accepted after the submission deadline.

Eligibility

See Call for Proposals for general criteria, application instructions, and additional information.

Eligible Projects:

  • New, innovative projects that are targeted for submission to a specific external federal, state, international, or private non-profit entity and that will benefit from the acquisition of data or proof of concept
  • Projects of individual faculty members in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences are eligible as well as projects involving collaboration between physical and natural scientists and the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Ineligible Projects:

Eligible as PIs

  • All tenured and tenure‐eligible faculty members at IU Bloomington
  • Research scientists at IU Bloomington
  • Research center directors at IU Bloomington
  • Medical Sciences faculty at IU Bloomington
  • Emeriti faculty members who are still active in research. (Some budgetary restrictions may apply. Contact your fiscal officer or the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs for details.)

Not Eligible as PIs

  • Visiting and adjunct faculty members
  • Staff scientists (support‐oriented positions)
  • Postdoctoral research associates
  • PIs with outstanding final grant reports from previously OVPR-funded projects
  • Previous awardees of OVPR-funds for the same or highly-similar projects

Budget

Funding Duration

  • Budgets should be one‐time amounts to be expended over a maximum of nine months.
  • The Seed Funding program does not provide multiple-year awards or renewals.

Award Amount

  • The maximum amount that will be awarded for any project is $40,000. Awards will typically be between $15,000 and $25,000.

Matching Funds

  • All Seed Funding program support requires matching arrangements between OVPR (85%) and the faculty member’s home department, college, or school (15%).