Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

CSDE is pleased to offer this call for applications to our seed grant program. The CSDE seed grants program is supported by our Population Research Infrastructure Program award from NICHD and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Proposals may come in three forms (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3), with the following deadlines:

Tier 1 and 2: applications accepted on a rolling basis
Tier 3: applications due November 15, 2017 at 5pm

Seed Grant Application Tiers

Tier 1 applications are for those requests that do not include a monetary award, but are limited to requests for in-kind services from CSDE staff and administration that exceed the standard package provided to all affiliates.  Key features include up to 20 hours of free consultation per year with scientific core staff (i.e. biodemography, spatial demography, statistics). Examples of Tier 1 applications might include additional hours of scientific staff support, the ability to sponsor more than 5 computer accounts, or software license purchases that would also benefit the general good. The application requires a general but concrete vision for how the work is part of a research endeavor that will lead to submission for extramural funding in the next 1-3 years (more specific plans welcome if relevant).

Tier 2 applications are for proposals requesting up to $10k in direct costs (and optional request for in-kind services). Applicants are encouraged to apply for many different kinds of activities that foster their ability to move their research forward overall, and especially towards extramural funding. Examples include (but are most certainly not limited to!) small formative or pilot research, organizing workshops or working groups, developing writing retreats, setting up data sharing agreements, creating new research infrastructure, or funding dedicated time to write up grant applications. Tier 2 applications are expected to include a plan for how the applicant expects this work to lead to submission for extramural funding within 1-3 years. We anticipate that Tier 2 awards will be the most common.

Tier 3 applications are for proposals that request up to $25k in direct costs (and optional request for in-kind services) for pilot research.  These proposals require a defined plan to submit for extramural funding within 12 months of award date, including a draft set of specific aims for that submission.  We anticipate awarding 2-3 Tier 3 awards per year, depending on the sizes of the requests.

Expense Examples

For an award requesting funding for pilot research, typical budgets will include research-related travel, graduate student research assistance, summer salary (max $10k including benefits), or data acquisition costs. Faculty release time is limited to one quarter and should be based on actual replacement cost rather than salary. A request for release time requires appointing department approval. Indirect (F&A) costs are not allowable. A request for working group support can typically cover staff or RA support, travel for outside experts, and costs for meetings and conferences (please check with the Admin staff if your budget will include food or meals, which are admissible expenses only if they are integral to the activities of the working group). Indirect (F&A) costs are not allowable.

Policies

For all tiers, the submitting applicant must be a faculty member at any of UW’s campuses, and be a CSDE affiliate. The maximum term limit allowed for expenses or resources is 1 year from award date. Successful proposals for all tiers will exhibit outstanding scientific merit, innovation, and have a high probability of generating new extramural funding. All applications that involve human subjects research may take advantage of just-in-time approval (i.e. human subjects approval can be obtained after the seed grant is awarded). Applicants are encouraged to contact the Development Chair (Steve Goodreau) if they want to discuss feasibility/appropriateness in advance of submitting a proposal.

Funding Priorities

  • Proposals that fit within any of CSDE’s five Primary Research Areas (Demographic Measurements and Methods, Environments and Populations, Health of People and Populations, Migrations and Settlements, Wellbeing of Families and Households).
  • Proposals that support short- or long-term plans to submit for funding from NICHD’s Population Dynamic Branch (highest priority); plans for other branches and institutes within NIH (second priority); plans for NSF, foundations, or other extramural funding sources (third priority). Note that PDB supports a wide range of basic and applied research on population dynamics.
  • Proposals that fit within one of PDB’s current priority areas for fostering new research: Contraceptive Use and Non-Use, Health and Disease across the Lifespan, and Gene–Environment Interactions
  • Proposals from junior faculty, from new investigators (those who have not held a large extramural grant as PI), or from mid-career faculty who are pursuing new directions in population research
  • Proposals that combine faculty or students across multiple disciplines
  • Proposals that integrate research with training (e.g. employing a CSDE trainee, joint submission with trainees to PAA and for publication or extramural funding, travel money for a trainee involved in the project, data sharing with interested students)
  • Proposals that include matching funds or in-kind services from another department or other unit

Expectations for Funded Applicants

  • For all tiers, the applicant must provide a final project report detailing (1) how the money was spent; (2) progress towards the stated objectives; (3) obstacles faced and how overcome (if relevant); (4) details on any proposals already submitted for extramural funding; and (5) plans for subsequent submission of proposals for extramural funding. The length and amount of detail for the report is expected to vary by Tier (e.g. 1-2 pages for Tier 1, 3-5 pages for Tier 3).
  • For Tier 2 and 3 applications, applicants should expect to receive quarterly outreach from the Development chair during the period of the award to discuss progress, and if relevant, how CSDE can provide further assistance
  • For Tier 2 and 3 applications, applicants will meet with the Development Chair (and other CSDE administrative faculty and staff as relevant) towards the end of the project cycle to discuss future steps
  • For all tiers, CSDE staff may choose to write a news article about each funded project in the CSDE e-news

Application Procedure

Tier 1: Fill application form (below) and provide a 1-2-page proposal narrative and a 2-page CV or biosketch for all key personnel. The narrative should include objectives, proposed activities, details of requested in-kind support, and vision for how the work is part of a larger research endeavor that will lead to submission for extramural funding in the next 1-3 years.

Tier 2: Fill application form (below) and provide a 2-3-page proposal narrative and a 2-page CV or biosketch for all key personnel. The narrative should include objectives, proposed activities, detailed budget and budget justification, details of requested in-kind support (if applicable), and plan for how the applicant expects this work to lead to submission for extramural funding within 1-3 years. Applications that entail any salary support for personnel (faculty, staff or students) must include a letter from the relevant unit chair or head indicating concurrence.

Tier 3: Fill application form (below) and provide an abstract (250 words), 4-page proposal narrative, and a 2-page CV or biosketch for all key personnel. The narrative should include objectives, proposed activities, analysis plan, detailed budget and budget justification, details of requested in-kind support (if applicable), description of defined plan to submit for extramural funding within 12 months of award date, and draft set of specific aims for that submission. Applications that entail any salary support for personnel (faculty, staff or students) must include a letter from the relevant unit chair or head indicating concurrence.

Seed Grant Application Form