Seed Grant Program

The Population Research Center Seed Grant Program supports the development of new research projects for PRC faculty—particularly high-risk, high-reward research in population dynamics that might not otherwise be initiated.  Seed grants are limited to projects with the potential to advance the field, further the scientific careers of PRC faculty, and lead to later funding. The goal is to strengthen the PRC’s commitment to the priorities of the Population Dynamics Branch as well as generate future external funding.  Priority is given to research that falls within the primary research areas of the PRC.

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 could be used to pay for meetings, graduate assistant time, consultant time and travel, and travel related to the formation and on-going 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.  Biannual calls for seed fund applications will be issued each January and June. Although funding is contingent on available funds, seed fund applications may also be submitted and reviewed throughout the year on a rolling basis.
  • Level 2 funding ($10,000-$30,000) will support 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 II 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.  Biannual calls for seed fund applications will be issued each January and June. Although funding is contingent on available funds, seed fund applications may also be submitted and reviewed throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Seed Fund Award Administrative Requirements:

  1. Faculty who receive seed funds from the PRC to support a new research project are required to submit proposals through the PRC and to administer any funded projects that result from those seed funds through the PRC.
  2. 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
  3. 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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