Working with the Laboratories

Funding New Science

The University of Chicago promotes field-advancing research through the Strategic Collaborative Initiatives seed grant program for joint UChicago, Argonne and Fermilab projects. These UChicago-funded grants support original, innovative early-stage research with potential to push the boundaries of our known world.

Proposals are reviewed by the laboratory directors, relevant deans and other scientific experts. Research proposals that receive funding meet the following criteria:

  • The work to be accomplished has importance
  • The project displays an ability for the collaboration to create a more powerful research program than could be achieved by one institution independently
  • The proposal has a potential to achieve and sustain an ongoing collaboration between institutions
  • Projects are funded between $50,000 to $100,000 for one year of research

UChicago-Argonne application
UChicago-Fermilab application

The University continues to fund joint projects in collaboration with Argonne and Fermilab scientists leading to the endowment of millions in research dollars from the Department of Energy for the continuation of their impactful programs. One project funded by the program pioneers basic elements of quantum computers known as qubits, which have the potential to revolutionize cancer therapy, security and defense, food sanitization, and production of X-rays to characterize materials and pattern computer chips.

View past Argonne and Fermilab-University Seed Grant awardees