Friday, March 22, 2024 by 5 p.m. Program Introduction
The College of Health and Human Sciences is soliciting proposals for support of research, creative, and scholarship activities. The purpose of the seed grant is to substantially improve the likelihood of the applicant securing external funding (i.e., grant, contract, foundation, industry) by providing seed monies for activities that improve a project’s or a team’s competitiveness. Support can be provided for summer salary, graduate assistant support, or other activities directly linked to an identified external funding opportunity. Priority Areas: Early career investigators seeking seed grant support for career development awards (NIH K or NSF CAREER), investigators seeking to transition from career awards to independent investigator mechanisms (NIH R or similar), and multi-disciplinary team efforts pursuing innovative ideas aligned with CHHS strategic aims will be given preference. In total, up to $45,000 (three awards @ $15,000) is available for this funding cycle.
An electronic .pdf of the seed grant proposal is due to firstname.lastname@example.org, Research Support Services Coordinator, by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024.
Award Application Details
Guidelines for Developing a Proposal
- Proposals should include a signed coversheet (see separate attachment); brief narrative (three-page max not including references); detailed budget/budget narrative (1-page max); brief bio sketch (three-page max for all PI/co-PIs and key personnel); and copy of the face page or other identifiable information about the specific targeted RFP that the seed grant proposal is directed toward as a next step. No additional documents will be reviewed as part of the proposal.
- All applicants must identify a specific funding opportunity being sought using the CHHS seed funds to strengthen the external grant proposal. The expectation is that a grant proposal to an external agency/organization WILL BE SUBMITTED based on the seed funds obtained from CHHS. To be eligible for applying for future funds through the CHHS seed grant program, awardees of CHHS seed grant funds are required to submit an associated external grant proposal and inform the Associate Dean for Research that an external grant proposal as described in your CHHS Seed Grant proposal has been submitted.
- The narrative (single-spaced, 12-point type, 1-inch margins) should include:
- Title of project.
- Brief description of investigator/proposal fit to proposed mechanism.
- Specific funding opportunity being sought, including name of the organization (government agency and/or institute, industry, foundation, etc.); specific program funding opportunity; project officer or contact at agency; how your proposal idea fits the agencies’ mission and guidelines of the competition; and how this topic fits within the priorities of your unit, college, and/or CSU.
- A coherent plan describing strategies you will use to develop the targeted external grant proposal and integration of the pilot data/information collected using these CHHS grant funds. This could include a mentoring plan or other review mechanisms to obtain feedback while you are developing the targeted external grant mechanism
- Description of the idea being proposed to the external funding source and how seed grant funds will be used to collect pilot data, etc. to improve the likelihood of successfully competing for this funding source. When completing the narrative, it is important to recognize that members of the CHHS Research Review Committee may not have expertise in the subject matter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to prepare a logical, understandable proposal, and to provide sufficient details for the review process.
- Brief timeline of tasks.
- References (not counted in three-page limit).
- The budget should include a brief justification of expenses. No tuition or indirect charges are allowed in the budget.
Proposals should be delivered electronically in one PDF file to: Stephanie Ouren via email at email@example.com. Paper applications will not be accepted. For questions, please email or call Stephanie at (970) 491-6070.
- Members of the CHHS Research Committee (comprised of representatives from each department) will score the proposals for scientific merit (degree to which the idea proposed will successfully compete for the desired funding source), clarity of proposal narrative (a coherent plan and timeline for using the funds to develop the needed idea, pilot data, coherent plan for preparing the external grant the CHHS funds will seed, etc.), and alignment of the proposal with the relevant funding guidelines and the articulated program of research agenda. The rating forms that the reviewers will be using to rate the submitted proposals are attached to this RFP so you can prepare your CHHS seed grant proposal accordingly. The CHHS Research Committee will then submit recommendations for funding to the College Executive Council.
- The College Executive Council will make the final determination of awardees, and notification will be made to applicants by April 30, 2024. Funds will be available July 1, 2024, and will need to be spent by June 30, 2025.
Final Report Requirement
The annual report should be submitted to the CHHS Associate Dean for Research by June 30, 2025. If an extension is needed, it should be requested prior to March 1, 2025. This report should indicate whether the external grant has been submitted and if not, the report should indicate the anticipated submission date of the external grant. It is the responsibility of the CHHS seed grant awardees to send a notification to Stephanie Ouren firstname.lastname@example.org when the external grant proposal has been submitted. Until this notification is received by the Dean’s office, the awardee will not be eligible to apply for additional funds through the CHHS seed grant program.
Seed Grant Program Proposal Cover Sheet, Proposal Requirements, and Selection Criteria
For Seed Grant Program Proposal Cover Sheet and selection criteria information, please download the document attached below.
2023-2024 CHHS Seed Grant Recipients
Sarah Johnson – Food Science and Human Nutrition. Understanding Mechanisms Contributing to Improved Endothelial Function in Postmenopausal Women with Above-Normal Blood Pressure.
Gloria Luong – Human Development and Family Studies. Testing the Feasibility of a Stressor Paradigm: Dyadic Health Processes Across Adulthood.
2022-2023 CHHS Seed Grant Recipients
Rachel Lucas Thompson – Human Development and Family Studies. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Multi-Modal Adaptive Mindfulness Intervention Delivered through a Mentoring Program for At-Risk Teens.
Karyn Hamilton and Tom LaRocca – Health and Exercise Science, Julie Moreno and Kelly Santangelo – Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. A Promising Pre-clinical Model to overcome a Critical Barrier and Accelerate Age-related
Jamie Yoder – School of Social Work. Feasibility of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth Sexual Violence.