Enabled by support from the State of Texas National Research University Fund (NRUF), the Office of Research and Innovation funds several seed grant initiatives. While each program is designed to support different opportunities, they all share the goal of growing the 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 Emily Lacy.
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.
Center for Emergent Novel Technology at the Innovation Quarter (CENT-IQ)
The Center for Emergent Novel Technology at the Innovation Quarter is expected to include multiple programs, departments, and schools that can leverage the substantial space provided to UT Dallas. This RFP seeks concepts for a new center to be located at the IQ that has the potential to capitalize on interactions with industry and advance the University’s strategic goals. Center themes include, but are not limited to: applied artificial intelligence, automated mobility technology and testing, big data analytics, and health care informatics.
TxACE Collaboration Initiative
The UT Dallas TxACE Collaboration Initiative (TCI) is an internal funding mechanism designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations with a high likelihood of securing major externally funded research. Successful proposals will include at least one non-TxACE affiliated faculty (no affiliation with TxACE in the previous 5 years) as PI and at least one current affiliated TxACE faculty as co-PI. 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. 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.
Proposal Resubmission Enhancement Program (PREP)
The UT Dallas Proposal Resubmission Enhancement Program (PREP) is an internal funding mechanism designed to assist faculty who have received positive reviews of their grant application from federal agencies and are close to the pay line but are not yet funded. PREP is intended to provide funds to address limitations or issues identified by a peer-review panel with an expectation of resubmission to a federal agency. PREP is not intended to be used in place of start-up funds, to initiate an entirely new research endeavor, or to fund research that has not been evaluated by a federal funding agency.
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 2020) UT Dallas faculty and established (those hired prior to January 2020) 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.
DFW Research Data Center Grant
The UT Dallas Research Data Center (RDC) Grant is an internal funding mechanism designed to encourage the development of proposals to conduct research in the DFWRDC that have a strong likelihood of leading to external funding.
UT Dallas is a consortium member of the DFW Federal Statistical Research Data Center. Federal Statistical RDC’s provide access for approved researchers and projects to use selected non-public government and other data under secure conditions. The DFWRDC opened October 2018 and is located at 2200 N Pearl Street Dallas, TX in the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.
Small Animal Imaging Facility Voucher Program
The Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) for Cancer Research Voucher Program is an internal funding mechanism designed to: (1) enable facility access to faculty whose project is not yet externally funded, (2) support extension of data for current projects, (3) raise awareness of the various SAIF resources available to researchers on campus, and (4) encourage use of SAIF resources and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations. The SAIF voucher program is supported in part by a core facility award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT, RP180670). Successful recipients of the voucher will include faculty members from different UT Dallas departments, programs, or schools.
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.
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.
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 and Innovation 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.
Proposals due October 1, 2021
Mobile Technology Seed Grant
Mobility Technology Seed Grants incentivize faculty to develop mobility solutions through the submission of external proposals to the North Texas Center for Mobility Technologies (NTCMT). This RFP seeks proposals that align with the NTCMT funding criteria and have strong industrial support and funding. Mobility Technology Seed Grants that focus on the review of academic programs, curriculum development, University operations, or teaching methodologies will not be supported through this mechanism.
Masters Accelerator Research Support (MARS) Program
The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Masters Accelerator Research Support (MARS) Program is an internal funding opportunity designed to encourage research and entrepreneurially oriented master’s degree students to forward their ideas. This opportunity was created through a collaboration of the Office of Research and Innovation and the Office of Graduate Education.
R.O.A.D. to D.C. Program
The R.O.A.D. to D.C. Program will provide an opportunity to meet with program managers within your area of research from agencies such as National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and other D.C. area agencies.
Grant Proposal Editing/Writing Resources
The Office of Research and Innovation 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 and Innovation 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 Emily Lacy to make arrangements.