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Seed Funding Programs

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce two internal seed funding programs to launch new scholarship, research, and creativity at Dartmouth. Faculty members in all departments and each of the professional schools are encouraged to apply for pilot funds and/or cross-disciplinary collaboration funds.

Pilot Funds

Pilot funds encourage new directions of inquiry. They are intended to support the first steps in exploratory, high-risk, and potentially high-impact projects. These might include developing innovative, emerging ideas; exploring cross-disciplinary collaborations; pursuing novel creative endeavors; or collecting preliminary data. Individual faculty members or small teams may apply for pilot fund awards, generally in the range of $5K-$50K. We anticipate pilot funds will be awarded each Fall, Winter, and Spring term. The next deadline for applications is February 14, 2014. Click here for more information and submission requirements for pilot funds.

Cross-disciplinary Collaboration Funds

Larger cross-disciplinary collaboration awards are available to support new initiatives that cross institutional and disciplinary boundaries to address complex societal questions and grand challenge problems. The aim is to enable faculty to compete for large-scale awards, initiate new fields of inquiry, or establish new capabilities at Dartmouth. Teams of faculty members from at least two different schools, or at least two traditionally disparate fields within a school, may apply for awards, generally in the range of $50K-$150K. We anticipate cross-disciplinary collaboration funds will be awarded each year. The next deadline for submissions is February 14, 2014. Click here for more information and submission requirements for cross-disciplinary collaboration funds.

Submission Requirements

     Pilot Funds Cross-disciplinary Collaboration Funds
Procedure for Submitting Proposals Proposals should include: a 2-page narrative, a 1-page budget, a 1-page bio sketch for each individual, and a letter of endorsement from the appropriate department chair or associate dean. Proposals should be sent to Kristen Rhodes (kristen.a.rhodes@dartmouth.edu) by February 14, 2014. Proposals should include: a 5-page narrative, a 2-page budget, a 1-page bio sketch for each individual, and a letter of endorsement from the associate dean of each school involved. Proposals should be sent to Kristen Rhodes (kristen.a.rhodes@dartmouth.edu) by February 14, 2014.
Amount/Duration
  • $5K-$50K
  • One year, no carry-over funds
  • Non-renewable
  • $50K-$150K
  • Up to two years, no carry-over funds
  • Non-renewable
Eligibility
  • Tenured, tenure-track, and research faculty, including clinical faculty, are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals may involve a single faculty member or a small team.
  • Faculty with existing start-up funds or other internal awards (excluding Burke awards) are not eligible to apply. Faculty who have received a pilot fund award in the last two years are not eligible.
  • Emeritus, adjunct, and visiting faculty, as well as post-docs, are not eligible to lead projects, but may be included on a team.
  • Tenured, tenure-track, and research faculty, including clinical faculty, are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals must involve a team of faculty members from at least two different schools or at least two traditionally disparate fields within a school.
  • Emeritus, adjunct, and visiting faculty, as well as post-docs, are not eligible to lead projects, but may be included on a team.
Selection Criteria Selection will be made by the Provost based on the following criteria:
  • Overall merit of the work
  • Degree of originality and innovation
  • Potential for further inquiry
  • Potential impact on the field of study
  • Likelihood that the award will enable a project that would not be possible without the funding
  • Feasibility of proposed work and appropriateness of budget
A Provost-appointed committee of faculty reviewers will evaluate proposals. The final selection will be made by the Provost based on the following criteria:
  • Overall merit of the work
  • Degree of originality and innovation
  • Potential impact on the field of study
  • Potential impact at Dartmouth
  • Potential for the award to provide a basis for support from external sponsors (where relevant)
  • Feasibility of proposed work and appropriateness of budget
Award Conditions Support for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, travel, materials, supplies, and equipment under $5K, are allowable. All expenditures must follow Dartmouth policies. Limited faculty salary support may be considered. Tuition is not allowable.

Intellectual property and copyright will be handled according to Dartmouth policies.

Support for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, travel, materials, supplies, and equipment are allowable. All expenditures must follow Dartmouth policies. Limited faculty salary support may be considered. Tuition is not allowable.

Intellectual property and copyright will be handled according to Dartmouth policies.

Reporting Requirements Award recipients will submit a brief final report (1-2 pages) to the Provost describing the outcomes of the project and next steps. Award recipients will submit a final report (2-4 pages) to the Provost describing the outcomes and impact of the project, including proposals submitted for extramural funding, awards received, a list of publications/scholarly work (pending and in press), and next steps.

Last Updated: 2/14/14