UCI Research Seed Funding Program

  • Internal
  • Anywhere
  • January 13, 2023

Website UCI Office of Research

The 2022-23 UCI Research Seed Funding Program is aimed at investing in promising research directions where internal seed level investment can lead to externally funded “center-scale” research programs. The UCI strategic plan identifies convergence research as one of the keys to achieving the vision of research growth that makes a difference. Here convergence refers to deep integration of knowledge bases, tools, techniques, and ways of thinking from physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, computing and social sciences, and reaching out to humanities, arts, business and law to address major societal challenges.

Accordingly, seed funding proposals are invited from multidisciplinary teams that can compete for extramural funding. Please note that the Seed Funding Program is not intended to serve as a funding mechanism for internal UCI-based centers.
Seed funding can be used for planning, capacity building, and research development activities.

Examples of extramural opportunities that teams can target include the NIH P30, P50, PPG and SPORE programs, the NSF ERC, STC, MRSEC, CCI, and Expeditions programs, the DOD MURI program, the DOE EFRC program, the DHS S&T COE program and large grants offered by any of the NSF cross-directorate funding initiatives, the NEH, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation. It should be noted that this is not an exhaustive list, but is meant to be illustrative.

UC Irvine faculty members who are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators may apply. Only multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary teams and proposals are eligible.
Seed funding may be requested for a period of up to two years, and it is anticipated that 5 – 8 awards of up to $150,000 each will be given.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm, via the UCI Review application portal.

To apply for this opportunity please visit uci.infoready4.com.

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