Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research


This OVCR Program provides funds to support interdisciplinary teams collaborating on new and innovative research questions to solve global problems / significant problems. Seed Grants are up to $50,000 over one year. Up to two seed grants will be awarded this cycle. Seed grants will address complex global problems that require an interdisciplinary approach; are historically underfunded; and have a future potential for increased funding, either through the federal government or through substantial foundation or philanthropic support. These funds can be used to gather pilot data with a goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities.


Required LOI Deadline: October 12, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline: November 12, 2018


  • 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.)

Please note: Faculty who have previously received an URSA grant are eligible to apply. Collaborations can be “new” collaborations, but that is not a requirement.

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.

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