Early-stage seed funding can bolster promising research ideas before their merit has been recognized. Discover seed funding opportunities for UChicago faculty and researchers below:
Award Amount: $15,000
Description: Travel and Lodging Funds to hold exploratory workshops on ideas around the broad areas of information, complexity, or cognition.
Award: Diversity Research and Small Grants
Award Amount: $1,000
Description: Funding for trainees and assistant professors who wish to engage in basic, clinical, and translational health disparities research and present their work nationally and internationally.
Award: Community Programs Accelerator Faculty Support Program
Award Amount: $50,000
Description: Support selected initiatives that have a significant community engagement component for a one-year period, whether the aim is to establish a 501c3 organization or continue as a University program.
Award Amount: $7,000 – 20,000
Description: The France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS) program offers seed funding in support of new and developing projects that: 1) promote meaningful intellectual and scientific exchange between UChicago, ANL, and Fermilab researchers and research teams in France, and 2) show promise of leading to fruitful and sustainable collaboration. There are 8-12 such grants awarded each year, with award amounts typically ranging from $7,000/year to $20,000/year. All supported projects are either one year or two years in duration.
Award: UChicago-HKU Global Partnership Fund
Award Amount: $5,000 – $25,000
Description: Support collaborative teaching, training and research that further enhance the relationship between the University of Chicago and the University of Hong Kong. For academic years 2016-2018, the fund would focus on developing the relationship between UChicago’s Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and HKU’s Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS).
Award: Center in Delhi
Award Amount: $30,000
Description: Expand opportunities for collaboration with Indian scholars and universities, research institutes, and cultural organizations, to serve as a focal point for engaging alumni in India and South Asia, and to contribute to cooperation among the several international centers of the University.
Award: Pilot Awards
Award Amount: $60,000
Description: ITM funding and resource support for study design, ethics and community consults, networking with potential local and national collaborators, and more. Includes video production and communications support to share research findings and impact.
Award: Career Development (K) Awards
Award Amount: Up to $100,000
Description: Up to $100,000 in salary support, 75% protected time for research of your choice, exclusive mentoring from senior faculty, and travel funds for junior investigators pursuing clinical, translational, and/or oncology research. Training also includes communications support, video production, and more.
Award: Short Term Pilot Awards
Award Amount: $5,000
Description: Funding for postdoctoral clinician-scientists in training at the University of Chicago Medical Center, such as residents, fellows and other trainees whose mentors do not have financial support for the specific projects the applicants are trying to undertake.
Award: Faculty Seed Grants
Award Amount: $5,000
Description: Funds to support a first step into an area of research that may or may not lead to an application for the larger faculty research grant the following year
Award: Tata Centre for Development Request for Proposals
Award Amount: $300,000 (full research), $50,000 (pilot projects)
Description: The TCD is seeking applications for research on economics and growth, broadly defined, with policy implications. Projects in the energy, environment, health, water and sanitation, and development economics domains are encouraged. Proposals must involve work in India or analysis of data describing India, although we welcome research producing widely applicable insights.
Award: UChicago Arts Grants
Award Amount: $1,500 – $5,000
Description: Seed funding for new artistic ventures, especially collaborative projects; should not be considered a source of continued funding
Award: Grants Fund
Award Amount: $25,000 – $60,000
Description: Catalyst, sustaining, and capacity-building funding is awarded to high-impact projects that would likely otherwise not go forward without Women’s Board support. Funding is distributed to projects in the areas of faculty research and support, the arts and cultural institutions, quality of student life, and community outreach