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Due Date: May 15, 2019

Download Seed Grant proposal materials here:

description (pdf)

cover sheet (Word file direct download)

budget worksheet (Excel file direct download)

ISSE makes annual funding available for multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research and support. This year, ISSE will award about four seed grants to support research projects related to sustainability, especially projects related to water, energy, and food sustainability that have potential for external funding opportunities.

The aim of this seed grant is to support project teams as they develop the capability to secure external funding. ISSE expects the funded teams to submit at least one external grant proposal and one article to a peer-reviewed publication with necessary acknowledgement to ISSE.
Proposals should request no more than $40,000/year, but ISSE will consider larger amounts for extraordinary and exceptional proposals. ISSE seed grant funding will begin on July 1, 2019 and terminate on June 30, 2020. Multi-year funding will require submission and approval of a new seed grant proposal in subsequent funding years.

Please take note of the following:

  • Project teams must include multiple investigators across multiple disciplines. PIs must be UT faculty or staff. UTIA faculty submitting a proposal must have at least one UTK faculty member as Co-PI.
  • Eligible expenses are shown on the budget worksheet. Funds may be used for faculty support, such as a “buy out” for teaching commitments if their department heads agree.
  • ISSE encourages cost sharing by investigators and their departments.
  • Researchers may be the PI on only one proposal submission.
  • The UTK part of external follow-on grant proposals resulting from ISSE seed grants must be submitted through ISSE. ISSE staff is happy to assist with the proposal preparation and submission process. If the PI is a UTIA faculty member, there should be a partner at UTK, and the UTK part of the external proposal should go through ISSE.
  • The enclosed coversheet must be completed and signed by each team member and his/her department head.

Proposals should be no more than three pages and contain the following:

  • A completed and signed coversheet (see enclosed; it is not counted in the three pages),
  • A detailed budget, including travel plans for developing external proposals submitted on the Seed Grant Proposal Budget Worksheet (see attached, it is not counted in the three pages),
  • A list of the research team members and their affiliations,
  • A description of the proposed research area and a work plan, and
  • A list of at least two programs or agencies that could serve as possible funding sources for a follow-on external grant proposal (with a targeted grant amount) along with a detailed plan to develop the external proposal(s), and targeted publications for peer-reviewed articles including a time line.

Please email your proposal with cover sheet and budget worksheet by May 15, 2019 to Dr. Mingzhou Jin, Copy Brandy Norwood,