The Seed Grant Program was established to support efforts by faculty to seek external funding for research.

Maximum Grants: $3,000

  1. Eligibility: Faculty; Must be tenured or have tenure-track appointment at time of application. No proposal will be accepted from investigators who have an open R&D Grant (Faculty Research, Curriculum, Research Project Initiation, Regional Research, or Seed Grant) at the time of application.

May be used for:

  • Release time (including either a direct summer stipend or associate faculty replacement funds during the academic year)
  • Travel Funds clearly related to the research project (e.g. to visit federal funding agencies)
  • Student or hourly assistants
  • Supplies, expendable equipment, or software
  • Other expenses critical to development of a successful external support proposal

Restrictions/Conditions: Grants will be based on submitted pre-proposals (see reverse) for one or more external proposals to be developed. There will be no specific deadline. Proposals will be reviewed by the Research & Development Committee, who will provide evaluations and recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The final decision on grants rests with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or his/her delegate. Grantees will be required to provide regular progress reports to the Contracts & Grants Coordinator and to submit at least one major proposal (> $10,000) to an external funding source within one year of award. Failure to address all the application materials and questions (see below) may result in the application being rejected. Failure to submit a major proposal will result in the PI becoming ineligible to receive any R&D funding (Faculty Research, Curriculum, Research Project Initiation, Regional Research, or Seed Grant).

How to Apply: Submit the following:

  • Proposal Route Sheet
  • One or more pre-proposals to external funding sources (over)
  • Cover letter describing timing and proposed use of the seed grant
  • Budget for requested funds
  • Letter of support from applicant’s dean, chair, or program director. Letters of support do not require original signatures but should be sent from the author's e-mail account.

Electronic proposal submission is encouraged (except for signed route sheet). Staff of the IUSB Research Office are available to assist in preparing applications.

Notification of Action and Handling of the Grant Account: Applicants will be notified by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the status of their application approximately three weeks after submission. Unless a longer timeline is approved, all funding must be used within one year of the grant; unused funds will revert back to the Seed Grant Fund. All Seed Grants will terminate when the recipients appointment at IUSB comes to an end and unused funds will revert back to the Seed Grant Fund.

Pre-Proposal Form

Use this form to describe the project for
which you plan to seek external funding

Project Working Title:

Principal Investigator/Co-Investigators:

Other IUSB personnel involved, if any:

Target date for submission to outside funding source:

Funding sources(s) to be approached (and a rationale for each):

Briefly describe the project (What is it intended to accomplish and what activities are proposed?)
Proposed timetable for project:

Briefly indicate resources needed to complete the proposed project (personnel/time, space, equipment/technology, travel, and other resources).

Approximately how much will the research project cost (you will not be held to these amounts):

Amount to be sought from external sources:


Matching or in-kind funds to be committed (if applicable)


Indirect Costs


Project Total



Principal Investigator: __________________________________________________

Department Chair: _____________________________________________________

Division Dean: ________________________________________________________

** Your signature on this form indicates your willingness to support this project if awarded. In the case of released-time requests, your willingness to replace applicant with an adjunct lecturer is assumed by your signature herewith.