The College of Human Sciences (CHS) requests proposals (up to $10,000) for seed grant research projects intended to assist tenure track faculty members develop as researchers. These grants are intended to provide seed funding that will lead to longer term, externally funded research programs. Research proposals must align with the CHS Mission.

Complete Details: Refer to the Early Career Faculty Research Seed Grant Request for Proposals for complete details on proposal format, process, reporting requirements, and a sample rating form.

Support: Our team is here to assist you with budget development and answering questions on the CHS internal funding opportunities.


Proposals due: Noon on February 15th

Funds available: July 1st

Funds spent: Funds must be spent and accounted for by the last day of the grant period indicated by the applicant in the grant application.

Final report: Submit a final report within 30 days of the completion of the project (by August 31st).


The project PI must be a tenure track faculty member with research appointment in CHS. Eligible PIs are allowed to apply more than once to this RFP. During the review process, proposals from potential first-time awardees will be noted and given preference for funding. Consideration for subsequent/additional awards to PIs who previously received a CHS Early Career Faculty Research Seed Grant will be provided based on available funds. CHS encourages, but does not require, collaboration with researchers in different CHS departments. Cross college collaborations with researchers in other colleges are encouraged as relevant, but personnel expenditures can only support faculty, staff, or students in CHS.

Submission requirements

Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF document (containing the Cover page, Abstract, Narrative, Budget and budget justification, Letters of support, and Curricula vitae) using the CHS Seed Grant submission form.

Reporting requirements

PIs receiving a CHS Early Career Faculty Research Seed Grant are expected to present at a CHS sponsored seminar event and submit a final report, notifications of each external proposal submitted, each external award received, and any publications or products emerging from this research to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduation Education via the CHS Seed Grant submission form.