Faculty Seed Grants

Award Cycle: Annual
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one FSG per cycle and be awarded one FSG every 4 years.
Next Due Date: April 20, 2022
Award Period: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
Applications:  Accepted through Arizona Cultivate 

Description: Designed to jump-start worthwhile projects by providing short-term, one-time support. FSG grants are single investigator awards, provide up to $15,000 on a competitive basis. While there are two tracks available, funding for mid-career faculty is priority to help them take the next step in their research and careers.

  • Track 1: Early Career: proposals must lead to the generation of data for new extramural proposals or a new line of scholarship or creative activity. Proposals should describe how this funding will support a new faculty member develop independence. It is highly recommended that early career faculty first utilize their start-up funds prior to applying. Early Career applicants who fall under the categories of Career Track or Professor of Practice should include a letter from the Assistant Dean of Research in their college that confirms approval to conduct research as part of, or in addition to, job duties. 
  • Track 2: Mid-Career: proposals must lead to the generation of data for new extramural proposals or scholarship. Mid-career faculty interested in taking their research in a new direction, or in developing their career to lead a future research center or institute, are encouraged to apply.

We strongly encourage faculty to support undergraduate research opportunities through the FSG.

Previous solicitations include a third track for “Arts, Culture & Society”. This track has been removed due to the announcement of the new Production Grants as well as implementation of review panels, including one focused on social sciences and the humanities and one focused on the arts. Applicants are requested to select their preferred review panel during proposal submission. Our goal is to fund proposals across all fields.

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RII Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG) v7. The PPG includes requirements for the project narrative and supplemental documents; it is strongly encouraged that interested applicants read the PPG in full as proposals that do not match the PPG will be returned without review.

Solicitation specific information below supersedes information presented in the PPG. 


Solicitation Specific Requirements:

1. Eligibility: In addition to the general eligibility requirements in the PPG, applicants must:

  • Track 1. Appointment at the rank of assistant professor
  • Track 2. Appointment at the rank of associate professor

2. Proposal Preparation: Supplemental Documents. While optional, early career faculty are encouraged to include up to one-page on their professional development plans over the course of the award. This may include details on how they plan to leverage mentoring from more senior faculty or peer mentors, gain experience in proposal development, or expand their capabilities as a teacher/scholar.

Questions: resdev@email.arizona.edu



Updated: March 28, 2022