FY22 (Fall) Research Seed Grants

Pre-Review Due Date:  4 p.m. on September 13, 2021 for clinical and unestablished investigators
FINAL Due Date:  4 p.m. on October 1, 2021
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).

Clinical or unestablished grant writers may submit proposals for pre-review.  Contact the ADR Office immediately if interested. 

Call for Applications

Full guidelines for RSG submission

I.  Eligibility Highlights

Faculty members in the SOM are eligible to be principal investigators.  A faculty member must be a full-time employee (51%) at the assistant professor level (including Research and Clinical Assistant Professor, Lecturer and Instructor) or above. Volunteer faculty members are not eligible.

II.      Financial Support Highlights

  • A maximum budget of $15,000 can be requested.
  • The funding period will be for 1 year, starting January 1, 2022. 
  • Salary support for personnel such as post docs, residents, researchers and graduate students is acceptable with justification.  However, RSGs cannot be used to support faculty salaries.    
  • Equipment, defined as durable items costing over $5,000, is not eligible for funding. 
  • 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 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 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.

A list of potential grants and endowments are listed below along with their research focus or purpose.

         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. 

       Monjoiner Endowment - schizophrenia research

        Illinois Health Improvement Association Endowment - diabetes and Alzheimer's disease research

        Malan-Harris Endowment - neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s, Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis research

        Eskridge Bequest - heart disease research

        Simmons Cancer Institute Funds - various types of cancer research

V.    Submission of Applications: To apply for funding, submit one PDF file electronically to grants@siumed.edu by 4 p.m. on October 1, 2021 (final submission deadline).



When completing a Research Seed Grant Application, keep in mind the following requirements:

  1. Documents must be on formatted for 8.5” x 11” paper.
  2. Margins must not be smaller than 0.5”.
  3. Arial is the preferred font and must be at least 11 point font.
  4. The Application/Cover Page should be the first page of the document. This should be followed by the Abstract/Project Summary, Health Relevance, Specific Aims, Research Strategy, Cited References, Biosketch, Budget, and Budget Justification, in that order.
    1. Application/Cover page—1 page limit.
    2. The Abstract/Project Summary page is limited to 30 lines.
    3. Health Relevance is limited to 3 sentences (note that the Abstract/Project Summary and Health Relevance can be on the same page).
    4. Specific Aims—1 page limit.
    5. Research Strategy—6 page limit.
    6. Cited References.  Appendices will not be accepted.
    7. Biosketch (NIH format)—5-page limit per investigator.
    8. A one-year itemized budget for a maximum of $15,000.  Salary support for post docs, residents, researchers, and graduate students is acceptable with justification. Budget cannot support faculty salaries.  Travel and publication costs are not allowable.  Equipment (defined as durable items costing over $5,000) is not eligible for funding.
    9. Budget Justification—--1 page limit.
  5. The above documents should be collated in the order noted above into one pdf document and emailed to  grants@siumed.edu.

In fairness to all, late applications will not be accepted and applications that do not adhere to the directions will not be reviewed.

RSG Forms

RSG Application page and instructions

Budget Template FY22