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RSG Call for Proposals

FY18 Springfield Research Seed Grants (RSG)

Call for Applications

Due date: 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 15, 2018

Only electronic submission will be accepted. 


The goal of the Research Seed Grant Program is to assist faculty in generating preliminary data that can be used to support applications for extramural funding. Research Seed Grants (RSG) are evaluated for scientific merit by the Grant Review Committee (GRC).New or inexperienced grant writers may submit proposals for pre-review.  Contact the ADR Office immediately if interested.  Full guidelines for the RSG are available at:

I.Eligibility Highlights

A.      Faculty members in the SOM based on both the Springfield and Carbondale campuses are eligible to be principal investigators.  A faculty member must be a full-time employee at the assistant professor level (including Research and Clinical Assistant Professor but excluding Lecturer or Instructor) or above. Volunteer faculty members are not eligible.

II.      Financial Support Highlights

  1. A maximum budget of $15,000 can be requested.
  2. The funding period will be for 1 year, starting July 1, 2018. 
  3. Salary support for personnel such as post docs, residents, researchers and graduate students is acceptable.  However, RSGs cannot be used to support faculty salaries.    
  4. Equipment, defined as durable items costing over $5,000, is not eligible for funding. 
  5. A grant final report form will be due in the ADR office within two months after the end of the funding period.  Faculty who do not submit this report will lose eligibility for future awards.

III.     Allocation Priorities

A.     The applications will be evaluated and prioritized based on scientific merit by the Grant Review Committee (GRC).

B.      Award recipients will be determined by the Allocation Committee with primary consideration given to the RSG scientific merit score.  This score incorporates consideration of the likelihood that the proposal will eventually generate external funding for the project. 

IV.     Funding Sources:

         Endowments or gifts to SIU Foundation accounts and special emphasis accounts are available to fund RSG applications.  Applications relevant to these funding sources are encouraged.  However, allocation of funds from these accounts is at the discretion of the Allocation Committee and based on funding source stipulations:  PIs do not designate funding sources and GRC scientific merit review will not consider funding sources in deliberations.

                  Patient-Oriented Grant (POG) To promote any level of the translational research continuum from bench research through clinical research and into application into the community.  To be eligible for this funding mechanism, proposals must make use of human subjects, samples, data, or environments.

                  Team Development Grant (TDG) To promote new research collaborations with potential translational impact.  To qualify as a new team, faculty may not have previously published together as co-authors.  Collaborations of clinical and basic science personnel and team members from different departments are particularly encouraged and will be viewed as strengths.  All members of the team must have well-defined roles on the project. 

                  Discovery Science Grant (DSG) To facilitate the generation and/or analysis of large data sets for purposes of hypothesis generation.  NIH study sections often view such applications as ‘fishing,” whereas many unique discoveries and testable hypotheses can arise from this approach.  SIUSM does not have a core facility for generating these types of data.  The DSG will allow faculty to outside resources to generate and analyze large data sets (e.g., by procuring samples for and conducting genotyping, microarray analysis, etc.) or to interrogate existing data bases.  For this budget, contractual service costs up to $15,000 are allowed.  DSG proposals must clearly explain the research question and how the proposed assessment may lead to novel hypotheses suitable for development of an NIH grant.  Attention must be given to sound experimental design and data analysis, including statistical assessments.  Collaborations between faculty to generate and use a given data set are encouraged and will be viewed as strengths. 

            Nowatski Eye Research Fund - the prevention and treatment of eye disease

            Monjoiner Endowment - schizophrenia

            Illinois Health Improvement Association Endowment - diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease

            Malan-Harris Endowment - neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease

            Eskridge Bequest - heart disease

            Simmons Cancer Institute Funds - various types of cancer

V.     Submission of Applications: To apply for funding, submit one PDF file electronically to Kristi Katcher at by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

         In order to maintain the style, margins, and pagination in each Word document of the application, print out each document and ensure page limits, margins, and font/style (point size) are adhered to.  Assemble the application components in the order listed below. 

All of these forms will be posted on the webpage as soon as possible, but you may obtain the Word versions of the forms by emailing Kristi Katcher.

  1. Application Page
  2. Project Abstract and Health Relevance (1 page limit)
  3. A one-year itemized budget for a maximum of $15,000   
  4. Budget Justification (1 page limit)
  5. Resources
  6. Personnel and Biographical Sketch(es)
  7. Specific aims (1 page limit)
  8. Research Plan (6 page limit)
  9. Cited References

Appendices will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Hascup, GRC Committee Chair at or Kristi Katcher at or call 217/545-7936.

Donald S. Torry, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for Research
Professor, Department of MMICB
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
801 North Rutledge Street
P.O. Box 19616
Springfield, IL 62794-9616
Phone 217/545-7936