University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Proposals sought for Faculty Seed Money

Applications are invited for Faculty Seed Money Awards. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Program details follow.

The Faculty Seed Money (FSM) Committee strongly affirms the value of all forms of scholarship and the scholarly contributions of all academic disciplines to the intellectual life of a comprehensive research university. The FSM program is designed to enhance the ability of faculty to submit successful extramural grant applications. Faculty seeking support for projects that are not designed to produce extramural grant applications are encouraged to apply for other sources of support. These include the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) New Scholar Award; SSAC Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award; SSAC Travel Awards; and others.

Eligibility: The Faculty Seed Money Committee distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any department of the University. Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointment at UND.

Faculty who have previously received Faculty Seed Money awards must have a final report on file with Research Development and Compliance (Room 105 Twamley; Stop 7134) in order to be considered for an award.

Faculty who have previously received funds from the Seed Money Committee and who wish to apply for additional support must present evidence that they have submitted a related extramural research proposal since receiving Committee funds. (An extramural application is one submitted to an agency or foundation “outside UND.” Thus, for example, proposals sent to the following are not extramural: UND Instructional Development, NRI, RD&C, SSAC and North Dakota EPSCoR). The new application must describe how the previous Seed Money Award was used and what applications or related publications resulted.

Faculty who have previously received Seed Money funds must have a period of at least five years between the date of submission of the most recent successful application and the date of submission of a subsequent application for new Seed Money funds. (For example, a successful application in December, 2011, whose award was disbursed in Spring, 2012, would be eligible to apply again in December, 2016.)

Review Criteria: Proposals will be subject to competitive review and ranking by discipline-related subcommittees whose members are appointed by individual departments. Proposals must be clear, of high quality, and be designed to develop a project or provide preliminary data for one or more extramural grant proposals.

Higher priority will be given to the following unranked criteria:

  • Proposals with high potential for producing successful extramural applications
  • Applicants who have not received recent funding from the Seed Money Committee
  • Applicants with a demonstrated record of research or academic accomplishment
  • Projects that can be completed in 12 to 18 months

Lower priority will be given to projects from investigators who have significant and/or continuous funding, unless the request is required to begin a project not currently supported. Projects will not be supported if they were previously submitted to an extramural agency but were declined funding because of lack of scientific, technical or academic merit. However, higher consideration will be given to those projects previously submitted to an external agency if the purpose of the Seed Money Application is to address reviewers’ comments, to improve the chance that a revised extramural application will be successful. Where applicable, a copy of the review summary from the most recent unfunded external proposal should be included.

Application criteria:

The application should be prepared to convince and be understood by a general audience, only some of whom may be proficient in the applicant's area. Applications that do not conform to the following format will not be reviewed. The numbered headings in the following order must be included with page limitations. Do not include own headings:

1. Cover Page: Include Target Subcommittee; principal investigator's name; department, college; proposal title; amount requested; proposed beginning and ending dates of the project; agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted; list of previous Faculty Seed Money Committee Awards and whether or not a final report and external proposal have been filed; signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean of the college.

2. Research or Project Plan: Three pages maximum. Include aims, background, significance, approach, methods

Format: One inch margins, single spaced, not to exceed 6 lines per linear inch. (The three page limit for the project plan will be strictly enforced. Proposals exceeding the limit will be returned without review. Appendices circumventing this limit will be discarded.) References/Bibliography are not included in the three-page limit.

3. Detailed Budget (including justification; indirect costs are not included)

The budget should be for a maximum of 18 months.

Award amounts may range from $1,000 to $40,000.

Projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.

Unallowable Budget Items: The Committee has ruled that Seed Money funds may not be used for travel and expenses in conjunction with attendance or presentation of materials at a conference. If you choose to request travel funds that are later disallowed, please be assured this decision will have no impact upon the selection of the remainder of your proposal for an award. Note that salary for the PI is NOT allowed. For any other questions concerning allowable budget items contact RD&C.

4. Biographical Sketch (two pages maximum)

5. Current and Pending Grant Support (title, short description, agency, requested amount)

6. Historical Grant Support at UND (including national, private and seed money awards)

7. List of Extramural Applications Submitted But Not Funded (include past three years)

8. Statement of Intent to Submit Extramural Application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested). Where support is requested for a project that will not serve as the basis for an extramural application, then potential future sources of external funding should be listed.


All applications (one signed hardcopy and one pdf) must be received in Research Development and Compliance (Room 105 Twamley) no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Submit PDF to

Submit the original application to RD&C and a PDF to
Faculty Seed Money Committee
c/o RD&C, Twamley Hall, Room 105
Stop 7134

Note: The subcommittee chair has the option to forward proposals outside the subcommittee expertise to a more appropriate subcommittee.

Award Requirements:

1. All recipients of Faculty Seed Money grants are required to submit a final report to Research Development and Compliance within one month of the project’s end date or depletion of awarded funds, if that occurs before the project ends. The report should include a brief summary of results of the study, how funds were expended and whether or not the project resulted in external grant proposals/awards, publications, presentations, etc.

2. All funds should be spent by the ending date of the award. In exceptional circumstances, recipients may request an extension for up to six months to complete a project. No further extensions will be granted.

3. All recipients of Faculty Seed Money grants are required to submit a proposal to an external funding agency within one year of the award’s end date.

4. All recipients must present evidence that all work associated with their proposal has been approved by the appropriate compliance committee (IRB, IACUC, IBC, etc.) before the award will be set up.

Target Subcommittees
Composition of Subcommittee Reviewer Membership
(May apply to committee best suited for research)

Basic Medical Sciences
Anatomy and Cell Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Microbiology and Immunology
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics

Behavioral Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Counseling Psychology and Community
Educational Leadership
Educational Foundations and Research
Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness
Teaching & Learning

Engineering and Technology
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

Health Sciences
Community Medicine
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Dietetics
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy

Humanities and Fine Arts
Philosophy and Religion
Theatre Arts

Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
Geology and Geological Engineering
Space Studies
Earth System Science and Policy

Professional Disciplines
Information Systems and Business Education

Social Sciences
Indian Studies
Political Science and Public Administration
Social Work

-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for Research and Economic Development, 777.4278,

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