The Research Development Office's (RDO) Seeding Excellence Initiative (SEI) aims to sustain the continued growth of the campus research enterprise by providing competitive seed funding in four strategic areas: 1) community engaged research and scholarship, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), 3) early career scholars, and 4) interdisciplinary research. SEI is made possible through funding to RDO from the public-private partnership (P3) Year 1 funding cycle.
OVPR Community Engaged Scholars
Applications are sought for collaborative, one-year OVPR Community Engaged Scholars proposals with awards up to $50k to support creating and solidifying community research and scholarship partnerships within Iowa. The goal is to support community engaged research and scholarship partnerships that reciprocally benefit the University and Iowa communities. In FY22, it is anticipated that there will be five OVPR Community Engaged Scholars awards funded through SEI.
Letters of Intent due February 4, 2022, with full applications, by invitation only, due April 15, 2022. See the OVPR Community Engaged Scholars RFP here.
OVPR Early Career Scholars
Applications are sought for single investigator, one-year OVPR Early Career Scholars proposals with awards up to $30k. Successful applications will also receive individual grantsmanship consulting and support to visit program officers. The goal is to help tenure-track assistant professors develop a competitive proposal and secure an externally funded award. In FY22, it is anticipated that there will be 13 OVPR Early Career Scholars awards funded through SEI.
Each college will devise their own competitive, peer-reviewed process for identifying prospective candidate(s) using this RFP’s Proposal Guidelines and Review Criteria. Each application must receive three reviews including substantive written critiques that will be provided to the applicant. Colleges will submit their recommended candidate(s) to OVPR for final consideration and approval. Please contact your collegiate Associate Dean for Research for details.
OVPR DEI Supplements
Applications are sought for single investigator, one-year OVPR diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) supplements to existing externally funded awards. The Principal Investigator (PI) will be awarded up to $25k to advance their science while recruiting, retaining, and advancing UI students who support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in research, with a preference for students from traditionally marginalized groups. The goals are for the PI to advance the aims of the externally funded award’s science while engaging these students in mentored research and training experiences that prepare them to excel as next generation researchers and scholars. In FY22, it is anticipated that there will be at least 10 OVPR DEI supplements funded through SEI.
Applications are due December 1, 2021. See the OVPR DEI Supplements RFP here.
COMING SOON - OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars
Applications are sought for collaborative, one-year OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars proposals with awards up to $100k to support teams in coalescing around annual themes that align with UI strengths and anticipated federal research funding priority areas. In FY22, it is anticipated that there will be 10 OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars awards funded through SEI.
The RFP will be announced around January with full applications due late spring.
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