Planning Grants for Interdisciplinary Research


This OVCR Program provides funds to support interdisciplinary teams to initiate early stage project development or assist with the proposal development associated with submission of a large/complex proposal. Planning Grants help initiate new interdisciplinary research programs by creating and building teams, mapping out opportunities, and broadening the partnerships and networks that will result in successful extramural funding. These funds may be used to support organizational activities that enable submission of a large proposal to an external sponsor, which could include symposiums, workshops, etc. Planning Grants are up to $250,000 over one year.


Full Proposal Deadline: rolling deadline – proposals accepted on an ongoing basis.
Earliest Start Date: Dependent upon submission.
Award Period: One year from start date, unless otherwise specified.
** NOTE: Before an applicant begins working on an application, they should email Catherine Determan (cdeterman@wustl.edu) of their intent to apply.**


  • Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) must be full time faculty at Washington University at the time of application.
  • Each applicant may submit only one proposal as a Co-PI.
  • Must have tangible collaboration from at least two schools within Washington University. (i.e. A minimum of two Co-PIs required with primary appointment in different schools. If there are three Co-PIs on the application, at least two schools must be represented by the Co-PIs primary appointments.)

This OVCR program utilizes a standard peer review process. The reviewers are selected from different disciplines; the names of the reviewers are confidential. Please note that the review committee is comprised of senior scientists that are not necessarily experts in your specific field of research. Therefore, it is in your best interest to define all acronyms, to keep your research plan free of jargon, and to ensure that it is understandable and compelling to a non-specialist.

For questions relating to application guidelines and/or programmatic activities, please contact Catherine Determan at cdeterman@wustl.edu (or via phone at 747-1654)