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Research Seed Grants (RSGs)

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The goal of the Research Seed Grants (RSGs) program is to assist faculty in generating preliminary data that can be used to support future applications for extramural funding. RSGs are evaluated for scientific merit by the Grant Review Committee (GRC). New or inexperienced grant writers may submit proposals for pre-review. Contact Kristi Katcher at for further information regarding pre-review.

Guidelines for Internal Research Funding Mechanisms: Research Seed Grants and Near-Miss Funding

Eligibility: Faculty members located on any School of Medicine campus (Springfield, Carbondale, Quincy, Decatur, etc.) are eligible to be principal investigators. A faculty member must be a full-time employee at or above the assistant professor level (including Research and Clinical Assistant Professor, Lecturer or Instructor). Volunteer faculty are not eligible.

Financial Support: A maximum budget of $15,000 may be requested for a period of 1 year. Salary support for faculty is not allowed, however, funding for personnel such as post-docs, researchers, and graduate students may be requested. Equipment, defined as durable items costing over $5,000, is also not eligible for funding. A final report will be due to 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.

Allocation Priorities: Applications will be evaluated and prioritized based on scientific merit by the Grant Review Committee (GRC). 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 proposed project.

Funding Sources: SIU Foundation accounts and special emphasis accounts are available to fund RSGs. 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. Therefore, 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 in 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 sciences 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. SIUSOM does not have a core facility for generating these types of data. The DSG will allow faculty to tap outside resources in order to generate and analyze large data sets (for example, by procuring samples for and conducting genotyping, microarray analysis, etc.) or to interrogate existing databases. For this budget, contractual services 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-style 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 Scelorsis Research

Eskridge Bequest: Heart disease, including discovery science, epidemiology, social/behavioral sciences, and clinical science

Simmons Cancer Institute: Various types of cancer research


Submit one PDF to Kristi Katcher ( by 4:00 p.m. on the due date listed above.

Forms and Templates:

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