The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) is hosting a Nov. 6 workshop to help applicants strengthen proposals in advance of the January submission deadline for the Research & Innovation Seed Grant program.

Now in its 13th year, this seed grant program—designed to stimulate new areas of research and creative work on the University of Colorado Boulder campus—is accepting proposals through Tuesday, Jan. 21. 

Research & Innovation Seed Grants support projects that take investigators in creative, and sometimes high-risk, high-reward directions including team development proposals for future large collaborative research projects. Proposed projects may take a variety of forms and will represent an investment in the future research, scholarly or creative vitality of the university.

Proposals will be accepted in the following categories: Arts & Humanities, Basic Physical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering & Applied Sciences, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Grand Challenge: Our Space. Our Future., and Social Sciences & Professional Schools. 

Previous funded projects include those from Critical Media Practices, Engineering, Geological Sciences, Integrative Physiology, Sociology, and Theatre & Dance, among many other disciplines. A complete list of previous seed grant recipients and funded projects is available on the Research & Innovation Seed Grant webpage.

Seed grant projects have been remarkably successful in attracting follow-on funding outside of the university, with 41% of seed grant projects from 2016 and 2017 securing additional funding from external sources. These sixteen projects received a combined $744,014 in seed grant funds, and a reported $7.4 million in subsequent funding, equating to almost $10 in outside funding for every $1 invested in these projects.

Submit your proposal by Jan. 21

If you are developing an innovative research project that represents an investment in the scholarly or artistic enterprise of CU Boulder, RIO welcomes you to submit a proposal. Proposals will be reviewed in self-selected categories to provide faculty from all disciplines with the opportunity to compete successfully, even if their discipline is not traditionally connected to sponsored research.

Prepare by participating in the Nov. 6 Research & Innovation Seed Grant workshop

Need help positioning your proposal for success? See the workshop details to the right. Attendees will hear from and have a chance to ask questions of previous seed grantees. Interested attendees should RSVP by Friday, Nov. 1.

For full Research & Innovation Seed Grant application details and requirements, visit the Research & Innovation Seed Grant webpage. Any questions should be emailed to

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