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Seed Grant Program

The Population Research Center Seed Grant Program supports Faculty Scholars as they develop new projects in the population sciences that have a high likelihood of leading to external funding. Priority is given to seed projects that fit under the priorities of the Population Dynamics Branch that are led by early-stage investigators who are within 10 years of their doctoral degree, and that is led by Faculty Scholars who have not received seed funding in the past two years.

Biannual calls for seed fund applications will be issued each January and July. Applications are scored according to the following criteria: the relevance of the topic to the PRC’s mission and thematic areas, scientific merit, the extent to which the project is consistent with PDB scientific priorities, and the likelihood that the seed project will lead to future external funding.

The majority of our seed grant funding comes from our P2C center grant (P2CHD042849). To be eligible for this source of funding, seed projects must be conducted in the U.S. and must not involve an intervention. 

PRC faculty may request research funds at two Levels:

  • Level 1 funding ($2,000-$10,000) will support either individual research project development or the creation of networking groups and research teams. Funding can be used to pay for meetings, graduate assistant time, consultant time, and travel, including travel related to the formation and ongoing activity of the networking group. These funds are intended to jump-start research projects that have the potential to gain external funding. Early-stage investigators will receive priority for Level 1 funding. To apply for funds, please complete the seed application form PRC Seed Grant Application.
  • Level 2 funding ($10,000-$20,000) will support the development of multi-investigator interdisciplinary research projects with specific research questions, a well-conceived theoretical basis, an identified team of collaborators, and the potential to gain external funding. Level 2 funding can be used to pay for graduate student time, travel, speakers, consultants, or hourly support of activities. To apply for funds, please complete the seed application form PRC Seed Grant Application

Seed Fund Award Administrative Requirements:

  1. For all awarded seed projects, funds will not be disbursed until IRB approval has been obtained and submitted to the PRC administrative team. This is true even for projects that are determined to be exempt.
  2. Faculty who receive seed funds from the PRC to support a new research project are required to submit resulting proposals for external funding through the PRC and to administer any funded projects that result from those seed funds through the PRC.
  3. Seed fund recipients must cite the PRC's P2C award in all publications that arise from the seed funding and deposit all published papers in PubMed Central (PMC). Information on how to acknowledge the PRC P2C support and deposit in the PMC can be found here.
  4. Seed fund recipients will be expected to report in writing on accomplishments under the seed award during the award period and at the end of the seed fund award period. Information about funded projects and published papers in subsequent years after the award has ended will also be requested from the seed fund recipients on a regular basis.

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