Office of Research Seed Funding Initiatives

Commonly asked questions about the seed funding initiatives

How many UCSC faculty need to be involved?

Can I be a collaborator (not the main PI) in more than one campus seed fund proposal?

Can non-UCSC collaborators receive funds?

Does the submission need to go through Cayuse and OSP?

Do all proposals need a statement of support from the chair or ORU director?

What is the anticipated start date?

Is a brief summary of each PI sufficient for the CV requirement?

How many awards will be made?

If I have received a COR grant, am I still eligible to apply?

My research group is working on a number of externally funded projects, but no funds have been allocated to a new project we are considering proposing for the Seed Funding program. Am I still eligible to apply?

I received a small amount of money to get started on a project, but it wasn't enough to complete a proof of principle or the preliminary work required to take the next developmental step. Can I apply?

The project I have in mind doesn't require the full amount available for each award. Is that ok?



How many UCSC faculty need to be involved?

One. While collaborative proposals are eligible and encouraged, collaboration is not required.

back to top

Can I be a collaborator (not the main PI) in more than one campus seed fund proposal?

Yes.

back to top

Can non-UCSC collaborators receive funds?

No. Funding may only be used for UCSC students, researchers, staff and faculty. Applicants may provide participant support such as gift cards for participation in studies.

back to top

Does the submission need to go through Cayuse and OSP?

No. This is an internal submission and should be submitted through InfoReady.

back to top

Do all proposals need a statement of support from the chair or ORU director?

No. A statement of support is needed only if you are including staffing in your budget (an email is acceptable). However, if course buyout is an anticipated part of the budget, we suggest a preliminary discussion with your department chair. Full consultation with the chair and dean will follow after the project is selected for award.

back to top

What is the anticipated start date?

Funding decisions will be made by early January, with projects to begin January 17, 2022.

back to top

Is a brief summary of each PI sufficient for the CV requirement?

No. Requirements for the CV are outlined on InfoReady. Each CV should include education history, positions held, relevant peer-reviewed publications or creative projects, and funding support.

back to top

How many awards will be made?

We anticipate funding up to 15 proposed projects, depending on the composition of requests.

back to top

If I have received a COR grant, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes.

back to top

My research group is working on a number of externally funded projects, but no funds have been allocated to a new project we are considering proposing for the Seed Funding program. Am I still eligible to apply?

If the project you're proposing has received no external funding and you haven't received recent OR Seed Funding, yes, you are eligible to apply. There is no limit on total external funding received by the PI, only for the proposed project.

back to top

I received a small amount of money to get started on a project, but it wasn't enough to complete a proof of principle or the preliminary work required to take the next developmental step. Can I apply?

Yes, you are eligible to apply. Please explain the gap and what is needed to fill it in your project description and budget justification. The nature of any previous funding will be a consideration in the review process, however.

back to top

The project I have in mind doesn't require the full amount available for each award. Is that ok?

Yes! It is ok to request less than $30K. Ask for what you need and what you can justify based on what you have proposed.

back to top