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.

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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 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.

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 2021) UT Dallas faculty and established (those hired prior to January 2021) 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. 

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. 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.

Graduate Research and Cancer Education (GRACE) Fellowship Program

The purpose of the Graduate Research and Cancer Education (GRACE) Fellowship Program is to encourage UT Dallas full time doctoral students to engage in cancer related research while performing their studies. This program recognizes and supports outstanding students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in any discipline offered at UT Dallas and are collaborating with one or more of our faculty members on cancer related research. The GRACE Fellowship Program provides scholarship support for the prospective Fellow to perform cancer related research under the mentorship of a UT Dallas faculty member..

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.

R.O.A.D. to D.C. Program

The R.O.A.D. to D.C. initiative was created by the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) to provide faculty the platform to build and cultivate relationships with program managers from agencies such as National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and other D.C. area agencies in an effort to enhance research funding. ORI offers three programs within the R.O.A.D. to D.C. initiative. These programs include in-depth grant writing workshops, opportunities to meet with mentors, and funding for travel to conduct in-person meetings when needed.

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 the requirement 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.

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.