The Office of Research will utilize a portion of our State of Texas National Research University Fund (NRUF) allocation to pilot several seed grant initiatives. While each program is designed to support different opportunities, they all share the goal of growing quality and quantity of research at UT Dallas. Below you will find brief summaries of each seed program. Follow the links for full program details including eligibility requirements and expenditure guidelines.

Collaborative Biomedical Research Award (CoBRA) — Submission deadline: March 31

The UT Dallas Collaborative Biomedical Research Award (CoBRA) grant program is a funding mechanism designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations between faculty at UT Dallas and the UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) that will lead to external funding. Supported and led by the Office of Research, this program will be offered annually pending the availability of resources. Successful proposals will include faculty members serving as PIs from both UT Dallas and UTSW. PIs who accept a CoBRA Grant award commit to the pursuit of external funding for the collaborative effort within 24 to 36 months of receiving this funding. Activities that are not eligible for support through this mechanism include consulting, dissertation completion, research/analysis pertaining to the operation of UT Dallas and/or UTSW, and curriculum development.

Major Extramural Grant Award (MEGA) — Submission deadlines: February 15 and August 15

The UT Dallas Major Extramural Grant Award (MEGA) is an internal funding mechanism designed to support the pursuit of significant, extramural funding opportunities. These grants will support acquisition of new equipment, collaborator meetings, travel related to collaborations, and/or performance of key experiments to best position UT Dallas faculty to compete for large external awards. In addition, funds can be used to support a fraction of summer salary or a negotiated buy-out of teaching obligations for one or more PIs/co-PIs to focus on assembling a major funding proposal. PIs who accept a UT Dallas MEGA award submit a proposal for extramural funding within 12 to 24 months of being selected for MEGA award funding.

Strategic Center Investment (SCI) Program — Submission deadline: March 31

The UT Dallas Strategic Center Investment (SCI) Grant Program is an internal funding mechanism designed to seed innovative centers that aggregate collaborative faculty to address problems of significance. For the purposes of this program, the proposed center will be housed and report to at least one school within UT Dallas. Cooperation between schools with secondary and perhaps tertiary participation is encouraged.

Seed Program for Interdisciplinary Research (SPIRe) — Submission deadline: March 31

The UT Dallas Seed Program for Interdisciplinary Research (SPIRe) program is an internal funding mechanism designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations that will lead to external funding. Successful proposals will include faculty members serving as PIs from different UT Dallas departments, programs, or schools. This program is well-suited to support the endeavors of those faculty with STEM backgrounds and project interests, although there is no limitation for faculty affiliations. PIs who accept a UT Dallas SPIRe Grant award commit to the pursuit of external funding for the collaborative effort within 12 to 18 months of receiving SPIRe Grant funding. Activities that are not eligible for support through this mechanism include consulting, dissertation completion, research/analysis pertaining to the operation of UT Dallas, and curriculum development.

Humanities and Emerging Arts (HEArts) Grant — Submission deadline: March 31

The UT Dallas Humanities and Emerging Arts (HEArts) Grant Competition is an internal funding mechanism designed to promote scholarly activities in the form of research, outreach, and/or creative activities in all disciplines that will result in publications, recognition, awards, or exhibitions/performances. Priority will be placed on applications that codify a plan for external funding to sustain the proposed activity. This program is well-suited to support the endeavors of those tenured/tenure-track faculty with school affiliations that are outside of STEM. Activities not eligible for support through this mechanism include: consulting; dissertation completion; research/analysis pertaining to the operation of UT Dallas; and curriculum development.

Social Sciences Grant — Submission deadline: March 31

The UT Dallas Social Sciences Grant program is an internal funding mechanism designed to support the collection preliminary data through quantitative measures of human behavior to successfully position faculty for external funding. This program is well-suited to support the endeavors of those faculty from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, although there is no explicit limitation for faculty affiliations. PIs who accept a UT Dallas Social Sciences Grant award commit to the pursuit of external funding for the research effort within 12 to 18 months of receiving Social Sciences Grant funding. Activities that are not eligible for support through this mechanism include consulting, dissertation completion, research/analysis pertaining to the operation of UT Dallas, and curriculum development.

Workshop Grant Competition — Submission deadlines: February 28, June 30, October 31

Workshops offer an opportunity for scientists, engineers, and scholars from within and outside of UT Dallas to gather and discuss significant research opportunities, issues related to problems of national significance, or emerging areas of science and technology. The Office of Research seeks proposals for workshops that are hosted at UT Dallas and led by UT Dallas faculty. It is expected that the workshop will bring together recognized leaders from across the United States and/or abroad to engage with UT Dallas faculty and students. Any research topic can be the focus of the workshop.

Core Facilities Voucher Program (CFVP) — Submission deadlines: April 30, October 31

This is an internal funding program designed to enable facility access to faculty whose project is not yet externally funded.

 
The Office of Research will hold a Proposer’s Day on Thursday, January 17 to provide information on the seed programs and answer any questions from potential applicants before the submission deadline. To find additional details and to RSVP for this event, please register here.

Grant Proposal Editing/Writing Resources

The Office of Research is pleased to announce Grant Proposal editing/writing resources to help prepare faculty competitive proposals. The Grant Writer resources will assist faculty in the development of small and large proposals across multiple agencies. The Office of Research will cover the expenses associated with editor support.

We have a variety of Grant Proposal editors available with a track record of success in supporting faculty from other institutions. If any faculty member would like to take advantage of this opportunity, contact Kelly McKinney at (972) 883-4540 to make arrangements.