The RDO offers several ways for researchers to connect with both internal and external funding opportunities. This includes internal seed grant programs to catalyze new research and discovery, managing the internal limited submission process for funding agencies, and ways to identify potential funding such as Pivot and the Grant Bulletin.

Upcoming Seeding Excellence Opportunities

OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars

Applications are sought for collaborative OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars proposals with awards up to $220k for 18 months. Successful proposals must focus on areas of interdisciplinary strength at the University of Iowa that have significant societal impact. As part of the application, proposers will need to identify and justify why their proposal area is considered an institutional strength. The goal is to enable teams of researchers to build on existing strengths to achieve significant growth in the area of focus. For Spring 2023, it is anticipated that up to ten full proposals will be invited with up to five awards made.

LOIs were due March 21. Full proposals due May 31 and by invitation only.

See RFP and how to apply here

Upcoming Limited Submission Opportunities

Mallinckrodt Foundation Grant

Description: The mission of the Mallinckrodt Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. Applicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position and not have current R01 funding.
Eligibility: Early Career or Emerging in Field
Limitation: one application per institution
Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Sponsor Deadline: Tuesday, August 1, 2023


NIH: Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)

Description: The NIH Director's Early Independence Award supports rigorous and promising junior investigators who wish to pursue independent research soon after completion of their terminal doctoral degree or post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.
Limitation: two applications per institution
Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Sponsor Deadline: Wednesday, September 6, 2023


NSF: Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development

Description: The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. 
Limitation: four applications per institution.  See InfoReady for more details.
Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2023 @ 12pm
Sponsor Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2023