External Funding Accelerator Grants (Accelerator Grants) are designed to enhance the competitiveness of CHS faculty members and/or teams to secure external funding, promote scholarly endeavors, and foster team effectiveness. It is anticipated that funded activities will enable a significant and meaningful boost in external funding and related scholarly productivity and provide opportunities for expansion and impact of scholarly work.

The intent of these funds is to support a wide range of activities targeted at scholarship enhancement. Examples of activities that could be funded include visiting another investigator’s research laboratory to learn a specific technique, spending time with a colleague at another university to prepare a grant proposal, visiting a project officer, hiring a grant-writing consultant to facilitate development of a proposal for $500K or higher, or attending a regional conference sponsored by a federal funding agency. These examples are intended to spark creative thinking rather than represent an all-inclusive list of possible activities.

Complete Details: Refer to the External Funding Accelerator Grant Request for Proposals for complete details on eligibility, proposal format, process and reporting requirements.

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


Proposals due: Ongoing

Proposals reviewed: First business day of each month

Funds available: Within 10 business days of approval

Funds spent: Funds must be spent within a calendar year of approval date.

Final report: Submit a brief report within 30 days after completion of the funded activity.


The principal investigator (PI) for the project must be a faculty member with a research appointment in the College of Human Sciences. Individual faculty members or teams of investigators may apply for Accelerator Grants.

Submission requirements

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

Reporting requirements

PIs receiving a CHS External Funding Accelerator Seed Grant are expected to submita brief report, notifications of each external proposal submitted, each external award received, and any publications or productsemerging from this research to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduation Education via the CHS Seed Grant submission form.