UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) offers seed grants for faculty at UConn Storrs, UConn Health, and the regional campuses who are InCHIP Network Members. These grants are designed to fund pilot work that will directly support a future external grant application in the area of human health, consistent with InCHIP’s mission. The external grant must be submitted through InCHIP or UConn Health within one year of completing the pilot project. InCHIP anticipates funding 4 to 5 pilot projects this academic year.
Program Award and Details:
There will be two cycles of seed grant funding during the 2022-23 academic year – one in the fall semester and a second one in the spring. If your grant application does not get funded the first time you submit it, you are permitted to revise and resubmit it ONCE during a future cycle, or you can submit an entirely new grant application. We anticipate that 4 to 5 seed grants of $15,000 apiece will be awarded during this academic year.
- At least one of the seed grants will be reserved for research on Racism, Health Disparities, and Health Equity.
- At least one seed grant will be reserved for applicants who have never been awarded, as a Principal Investigator (PI), a grant that provides more than $100,000 in total costs per year of external funding.
- At least one grant will be reserved for a study focused on community-engaged health research in Connecticut.
- All grant funds must be expended within two years of the award date. Unexpended funds will revert to InCHIP. Please see the Budget Guidelines for more information.
Seed grant funding will be prioritized based on:
A. How the pilot work will increase the likelihood of external grant funding, AND
B. The scientific merit of the larger future project for which external funding will be sought and the extent to which is it novel or innovative.
There will be two cycles of seed grant funding during the 2022-23 academic year – one in the fall semester and a second one in the spring. If your grant application does not get funded in the first cycle, you are permitted to revise and resubmit for the second cycle.
Fall Semester Cycle
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Spring Semester Cycle
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1. Express Intent to Apply:
It is strongly encouraged that researchers interested in applying for this opportunity inform InCHIP about their “Intent to Apply” at least a month prior to the submission deadline, using the form below. This is an opportunity for researchers to acquire support while in the developmental stage of their proposal. InCHIP can provide any of the following forms of support for seed grant applicants:
a. Help finding a faculty research partner.
b. Feedback from experienced researchers on your pilot study idea/proposal prior to submitting it.
2. Proposal Development
a. It is essential that the work supported by an InCHIP seed grant be linked to a larger future project.
b. Applicants are encouraged (but not required) to utilize InCHIP’s research development resources when working on their research ideas and proposals. Seed grant-related services available through InCHIP include the following:
- Individual consultations can be arranged with InCHIP staff to discuss the proposed study, find potential faculty collaborators, and/or identify possible future external funding mechanisms. To schedule a consultation, email email@example.com.
- Grant Proposal Incubators can be scheduled to provide applicants with the opportunity to receive feedback on their research idea and/or proposal from one or more InCHIP investigators. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applicants can be assisted with making linkages to community researchers and community-based organizations (e.g., community health centers). For assistance with identifying possible community partners, email email@example.com.
- NOTE: InCHIP offers more extensive services for those applying for external funding including pre- and post-award services, as well as assistance with the design, development, implementation, and dissemination of research. A complete description of the available services can be found on InCHIP’s website. Please look for announcements from InCHIP about trainings, workshops, and events in the coming months.
3. Submit Application:
Applications must be submitted through the form at the bottom of the page. Proposals must be uploaded as a single PDF. An application checklist is available to download (see “Application Checklist” below).
Project and Investigator Eligibility:
1. Proposals must be clearly linked to a planned external grant application in the area of human health.
2. The Principal Investigator (PI) must have an advanced degree (e.g., PhD, MD, PharmD), have an eligible faculty appointment at UConn Storrs, UConn Health, or one of the regional campuses, and be eligible to submit external grants through InCHIP or UConn Health. Eligible faculty appointments are tenured or tenure-track faculty, in-residence research faculty, clinical faculty, other research faculty, and research scientists/scholars.
3. Ineligible faculty appointments are post-doctoral fellows, lecturers, research assistants, research associates, visiting titles, and adjunct faculty.
4. Graduate students are not eligible for this opportunity.
5. Applicants are required to be approved InCHIP Faculty Network Members by the time their final proposals are submitted. Applicants who are not currently Network Members must apply to become one before submitting their application. The InCHIP Network Membership application form and instructions are available here. Please allow at least two weeks for approval.
6. The proposed research must be consistent with InCHIP’s mission, which can be found here. It does not have to involve intervention development, implementation, or evaluation. A wide range of research is permitted, including but not limited to, natural history studies, observational studies, qualitative research, correlational studies, pilot trials, and secondary data analysis.
7. The proposed seed grant project should address a novel research question, not a research question that is already being explored as part of an existing externally-funded project.
8. If funded, changes to the project’s objectives and budget will require prior approval from InCHIP staff.
9. The PI(s) must commit in good faith to using the seed grant funds to obtain pilot data to support an external grant proposal that will be submitted through InCHIP or UConn Health within a year of completing the pilot project.
10. A PI who already has an “InCHIP Seed Grant for Faculty Affiliates” must close out the award for that InCHIP seed grant before the start of the award period for the FY23 InCHIP Seed Grant. This is not required for a PI who has an “InCHIP Rolling Seed Grant to Develop Interdisciplinary Teams.”
11. Application Limits: Eligible faculty may only submit one proposal per 2022-23 cycle as PI or Co-PI. If a PI is awarded a seed grant in Fall 2022, they may not submit a second seed grant application in Spring 2023. If, however, they are not funded in Fall 2022, they are permitted to submit a seed grant application (revise and resubmit a prior application or submit a brand new grant application) during the Spring cycle. Investigators may serve as a collaborator on multiple projects.
12. If a PI’s application is not funded, they are permitted to revise and resubmit that proposal once during a future funding cycle. In addition to their funding proposal, the PI must submit a one- to two-page introduction indicating how they have addressed reviewers’ feedback in their revised proposal.
13. UConn faculty who work at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) are not eligible to be a PI on this seed grant unless they can submit their external grant applications through UConn. If they are required to submit their external grant applications through CCMC, they can serve as a Co-Investigator on this grant but not as a PI.
Proposals should contain the following elements and follow the structure and guidelines indicated. All length guidelines assume 1-inch margins, 11-12 pt fonts, single spacing, and single-sided pages. Proposals (items A through K below) should be submitted as a single, compiled PDF via the form below by one of the following deadlines:
Fall Semester Cycle
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Spring Semester Cycle
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An application checklist is available to download (see “Application Checklist” below).
A. Cover Page
- Project Title (maximum 200 characters).
- PI(s) Contact Information – Include name, email address, department/organization, and title/position for each PI.
B. Abstract/Project Summary (maximum 1 page) – This section should describe the concept for the future external grant application and explicitly state how the proposed seed grant will help the research team develop a more competitive external grant.
C. Research Plan (maximum 4 pages)
- Specific Aims – In addition to information about the proposed pilot project, this section should include information about the planned future external grant application. Include an explanation of how the proposed pilot project will lead to a new externally-funded research project.
- Research Strategy – Provide a brief description of significance, innovation, and approach. The significance and innovation descriptions should focus on the larger research questions that will be addressed by the future external grant application. The approach portion of the Research Strategy should focus on the pilot project that is being funded by the seed grant.
D. References (not included in the 4-page maximum for the Research Plan).
E. Biographical Sketch of PI(s), in NIH or NSF format.
F. Roles and Functions of Project Personnel (maximum 1 page). Briefly describe the roles of all people working on the project. If there is more than one PI, describe the individual project responsibilities of each PI.
G. Budget with Justification for each item (maximum 1 page).
H. Other Sources of Support for the proposed project (e.g., additional funding, in-kind services, equipment).
I. Proposed Project’s Relationship to Extant Research: Provide a brief description of how the proposed pilot project is related to any current projects being conducted by the PI(s).
K. Letters of Support (optional)
L. Introduction for Revise and Resubmit: For PIs revising and resubmitting a previous seed grant application that did not get funded, provide a one- to two-page introduction indicating how you addressed the issues raised by reviewers in their summary review statement.
1. Seed grant proposals are not required to be routed through InCHIP or Sponsored Program Services (SPS).
2. Seed grant proposals must be predominantly the work of the Principal Investigator (PI) and for the benefit of the PI’s research program. Proposals written primarily by graduate students or others in the PI’s name will not be considered.
3. Full proposals will undergo a rigorous review process by reviewers from the InCHIP affiliate network. One or more external reviewers may be consulted as well. Individuals who are Senior/Key Personnel or Other Significant Contributors on a seed grant proposal will be excluded from participation in the review process. Reviewers and InCHIP staff may request additional information from applicants to better evaluate the scientific merit of the application, to clarify any aspect of the proposal, or to assess how the application fits within the strategic priorities of InCHIP.
4. Investigators will be notified via email whether their proposal has been awarded funding.
Priority for funding will be based on the following review criteria:
A. Scientific merit of the planned external grant application and the extent to which is it novel or innovative (e.g., testing a new methodology, theory, or understudied research area).
B. Scientific premise and rigor of the pilot work to be supported by the seed grant, and the extent to which it will make a substantial contribution to the planned external grant application.
C. The relevance of the study to InCHIP’s research mission and strategic priorities.
D. Composition of the research team (preference will be given to interdisciplinary work).
E. Feasibility of plans to submit an external grant proposal to external funders no later than one year following completion of the pilot project.
Seed grant funds may only be used for direct costs of carrying out approved projects, such as:
1. Personnel who are essential for conducting the research project, such as graduate research assistants and student labor. Individuals who are not on the regular state payroll (i.e., consultants and other off-campus assistance) may be hired to perform special research-related tasks as needed.
2. Resources that require fee-for-services within UConn.
3. Participant incentives for recruitment or study participation.
4. Out-of-state travel that is necessary to conduct the research.
5. Equipment necessary for conducting the research (“equipment” is defined as an article of tangible, non-expendable personal property that costs $5,000 or more).
6. Project supplies, including drugs and services.
7. Other specifically authorized expenses as may be essential for carrying out the project.
Seed grant funds may not be used for the following:
1. The salary of any Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, or other faculty member who has an appointment at UConn Storrs, UConn Health, or any of the UConn campuses. This includes Connecticut Children’s faculty with joint appointments.
2. Living expenses.
3. Laptops or desktop computers, unless used exclusively for the project and not for any other activities.
4. Service/maintenance contracts on equipment.
5. Laboratory renovations or other infrastructure renovations.
6. Institutional and/or individual memberships in professional organizations.
7. Travel to professional meetings to present the results of the research, or any conference attendance.
8. Indirect costs, including clerical and administrative personnel salaries.
9. Costs associated with the publication of results of the research, such as the purchase of reprints.
10. Investigator training costs, including tuition.
The awarded PIs are responsible for obtaining all required approvals for their research from the relevant IRB(s). Please visit the UConn IRB website for more information about the IRB approval process for research conducted at the UConn Storrs Campus, the four regional campuses, and the School of Law. For more information about the IRB approval process for research conducted at UConn Health, please visit the UConn Health IRB website.
Awardees will be required to submit a brief summary report of their progress annually to InCHIP for a period of 5 years following receipt of their funding award. Changes to the project’s objectives, PI(s), and budget will require prior approval from relevant InCHIP staff.
Faculty based at UConn Storrs, Hartford, Avery Point, Stamford, and Waterbury must submit any external grant applications that result from this seed grant award through InCHIP.
All research products (e.g., publications, presentations) must acknowledge InCHIP funding support: “This research was supported by pilot grant funding from the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut.”
Detailed awardee instructions/requirements will be distributed to seed grant winners when they are notified of the award decisions. All awardee requirements described above are subject to change in accordance with updated institutional procedures (e.g., routing requirements).
Admin Contact: Grace Morris, MA (Director of Research Training & Development), firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-486-7935
Intent to Apply
Researchers interested in applying for this opportunity are strongly encouraged to let InCHIP know of their “Intent to Apply” via the form below at least one month prior to submission. This is an opportunity to acquire support while in the developmental stage of one’s proposal. InCHIP can provide any of the following forms of support for seed grant applicants:
- Help finding a faculty research partner
- Receiving feedback on your pilot study from experienced researchers
Seed Grant Application
Directions: There will be two cycles of seed grant funding during the 2022-23 academic year – one in the Fall semester and a second one in the Spring. If your grant application does not initially get funded, you are permitted to revise and resubmit it ONCE during a future funding cycle, or you can submit an entirely new grant application.
Applications must be submitted using the form at the bottom of the page.
If you have any technical issues, please contact Grace Morris (email@example.com).