SIU System Collaborative Grant

DUE DATE: Sept. 15, 2021

The goal of the SIU System Collaborative Grant program is to promote new biomedical research collaborations and foster receipt of extramural funding for research projects between faculty at the various SIU campuses, including the School of Medicine, Edwardsville, and Carbondale. Thus, projects considered for funding should represent pilot studies for obtaining preliminary data for larger collaborative projects to be submitted for external funding.

To qualify as a new team (Co-PIs), faculty may not have previously published together as co-authors or worked together previously on an internal or external grant submission. Faculty from at least two campuses must be represented on the team, but applications from all three campuses are also eligible. Each faculty member must have a well-defined and significant role on the project. Total available funding is $20,000, if two campuses are represented, and $30,000, if three campuses are represented.

Successful teams will be expected to submit close-out reports to each campus within 90 days of the end of the award period and are required to submit a joint proposal related to the topic of the award to an external sponsor within one year of the end of the award period. Failure to meet the terms and conditions may results in loss of eligibility for other internal funding opportunities.

All applications must be submitted as a single PDF to SIUE Office of Research and ProjectsDUE DATE: Sept. 15, 2021

In fairness to all, late applications will not be accepted. Applications that do not conform to the requirements will be administratively withdrawn.

For assistance in finding potential collaborators on another campus, please contact:

SIU SOM        Grants and Contracts Office (
SIUE               Dr. Diane Cox, Director of Grant Development (
SIUC               Gary Kinsel (

Instructions:  Combine application and all attachments into one, collated pdf document for submission. 

Download forms from SIUE's website.

Please note, separate sections are included for each respective campuses. Electronic signatures are acceptable.

  • Specific Aims (1 Page limit, 11 point Arial font, single-spaced, 1” margins
  • Excel Budget Template
    • Provide a 1-year itemized budget using the Excel Budget template.  Each campus has a tab and a cumulative budget tab.
    • Budgets must be appropriate for the scope of work being proposed for the 1-year timeline.  Budgets may be administratively reduced by the respective Deans of Research.
    • Budgets should reflect the purpose of the SIU System Collaborative Grant program to provide seed support for larger, more ambitious, collaborative projects that will seek extramural funding in the future.
    • A maximum of $10,000 can be requested for each campus.
    • Budgets for each campus need not be identical, but must be tailored to the scope of work being performed on each campus.
    • Faculty salary support is NOT allowed.  Student support and technical support salaries allowed, if justified.
    • Major equipment (>$2,000) is NOT allowed.
    • Travel expenses to conferences are NOT permitted.  Travel expenses between campuses to perform tasks directly relevant to the project are allowed, if justified.
    • Contractual Costs are limited to $2,000/service.
  • Research Plan (6 page limit, 11 point Arial font, single-spaced, 1” margins)
    • Significance
      • Realistically describe the effect of these studies on the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field.
      • Delineate how scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice will be improved through completion of the project aims.
      • Address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field.
    • Innovation
      • Provide a compelling scientific premise for your hypothesis or research question.
      • Detail original and innovative aspects of the project. For example:  Does the project challenge current research or seek to shift clinical practice paradigms; address an innovative hypothesis or critical barrier to progress in the field?
      • Describe the novel concepts, approaches, or methodologies, tools, or technologies that will be developed by, or employed in the project.
    • Approach
      • Describe the research framework, design, methods, and data analysis as adequately developed, well-integrated, well-reasoned, and appropriate to the aims of the project.
      • Include rigor and reproducibility requirements for this application.
      • Acknowledge potential problem areas and provide alternative strategies.
  • References Cited (No page limit, but must be succinct)
  • NIH Style Biosketches (5 page limit per PI)