Enabled by support from the State of Texas National Research University Fund (NRUF), the Office of Research is launching 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. For further information, please contact Kelly McKinney.

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Collaborative Biomedical Research Award (CoBRA)

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.

Major Extramural Grant Award (MEGA)

The UT Dallas M.E.G.A. (Major Extramural Grant Award) Grant Competition is an internal funding mechanism designed to support the pursuit of a major extramural funding opportunity. These funds will enable acquisition of new equipment, group/meeting coordination and travel, and/or performance of key experiments to best position UT Dallas faculty to compete for large 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 faculty on the team to focus on assembling a major funding proposal. Pending availability of funds, MEGA proposals will be accepted two times a year (February 15, August 15). The targeted extramural award must have a total budget to UT Dallas of no less than $6M for the total award period and must include full indirect costs.

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Strategic Center Investment (SCI) Program

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)

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.

Deadline: February 29, 2020

New Faculty Research Symposium Grant

The UT Dallas New Faculty Research Symposium Grant is an internal funding mechanism designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations between newly hired (start date after January 2019) UT Dallas faculty and established (those hired prior to January 2019) UT Dallas faculty. Successful proposals will include at least two faculty members serving as PIs from different UT Dallas departments, programs, or schools. PIs who accept a UT Dallas New Faculty Research Symposium Grant commit to the pursuit of external funding for the collaborative effort within 12 to 18 months of receiving the New Faculty Research Symposium 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

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.

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Social Sciences Grant

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.

Deadline: February 29, 2020

DC Symposium Grant Competition

Symposiums in the Washington D.C. area offer an opportunity to convene scientists, engineers, and scholars from academia and industry with policy makers and program managers within the federal government. The Office of Research seeks proposals for symposiums that are led by The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) faculty, but hosted in Washington, D.C., utilizing The University of Texas System Space (1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 900) which provides accommodations for approximately 50 individuals.  It is expected that the symposium will bring thought leaders from within and outside of UT Dallas with the goal of influencing the formation of new programmatic research opportunities or funding mechanisms in an important area of inquiry. However, UT Dallas faculty should be leaders in the field related to the symposium topic. Symposiums that focus on the review of academic programs, curriculum development, university operations, or teaching methodologies will not be supported through this mechanism.

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Workshop Grant Competition

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.

Deadlines: October 31, 2019, February 29, 2020, June 30, 2020 and October 31, 2020

Core Facilities Voucher Program (CFVP)

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

Deadline: October 31, 2019

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.