Monday, January 7, 2019

Applications are being accepted until March 8 for seed funding to support collaborative research and scholarship between University of Iowa (UI) and Iowa State University (ISU) faculty.

The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and ISU’s Office of the Vice President for Research will provide seed funds to support UI and ISU researchers in developing innovative, ambitious, interdisciplinary programs that have the potential to advance both institutions’ research profiles, as well as lead to sponsored funding from government agencies, corporations, and/or foundations. Seed funds may be used to develop new initiatives or expand existing collaborations.

Interested faculty are invited to attend a brown bag information meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, January 25, led by Senior Associate Vice President for Research Rich Hichwa. Please bring your lunch and questions to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Room C44-A of the General Hospital. RSVP at

In a change from 2018, the UI and ISU are offering a matchmaking platform to help PIs identify collaborators for a proposal. UI faculty interested in finding an ISU collaborator should fill out the form linked here. The list of UI and ISU faculty interested in collaborating on the UI-ISU Partnership Seed Grant Program can be found here. Faculty who add their names to the list can also opt in to receive a weekly email update.

This is the second year for the Partnership Seed Grant Program between the UI and ISU. The program offers a maximum $50,000 in funding per project, over a period of up to two years.

Applications, which must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. March 8, must address one or more of the four areas below, consistent with the TEConomy-2017 Iowa Bioscience platforms: medical devices, biobased chemical, vaccines and immunotherapeutics, or precision and digital agriculture.

Faculty from all disciplines may apply for the ISU-UI Partnership Seed Program. Applicants must be assistant, associate, or full professors; adjunct, instructional-track, or visiting faculty are not eligible. Faculty may not be on more than one proposal in a given funding cycle.

UI faculty can log in to with their HawkID and password for additional details and to submit their application and support materials, including narrative, timeline, budget, funding plan, and biosketches.

For more information, visit or contact Research Support Coordinator Cheryl Ridgeway at or 319-384-3332, or Hichwa at or 319-335-2106.

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research provides researchers and scholars with resources, guidance, and inspiration to secure funding, collaborate, innovate, and forge frontiers of discovery that benefit everyone. More at, and on Twitter: @DaretoDiscover.