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ACCM Beginner SEED Grants

The goal of ACCM Beginner SEED grants is to provide a pathway to research independence for faculty members within the department.  Funding of the SEED grants will be determined primarily by the strength of the candidate and by the importance and novelty of the proposal.  However, the SEED grant should also be organized to support an extramural application(s) (to foundations or NIH K awards) and enable the applicant to expand his/her independent research. Therefore, the likelihood that the Beginner SEED grant will result in a publication(s) and a strong extramural grant application will also be important criteria for evaluating the application. If the applicant is working in a mentor’s laboratory, the SEED application should be based on an independent line of investigation, which can be similar to but not the same as the mentor’s research.  Similarly, the mentor will need to provide a letter of support stating that the applicant will be given sufficient time to perform the research. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Research & Grants Office (

The maximal level of funding is up to $15,000.  The award is designed to support supplies and materials for experiments and cannot be used for salary support or to purchase capital equipment.

These instructions are provided as general guidelines.  If the information required for the SEED application (e.g., Background section) is already presented in an extramural grant application (draft or completed), then the applicant can merely provide the application and refer to it in the SEED application.

Use standard NIH page format.

  • Title Page. Include name(s) of key individual(s), with divisional and departmental affiliation, and contact information for the Principal Investigator(s). Identify where the research will be conducted.
  • NIH-style biosketch(es) for key individual(s).
  • Other funding support for key individual(s); include current funding and pending applications. 
  • Proposed budget for the SEED grant (0.5 page maximum).
  • Background and Significance (2 pages maximum).
  • Overall goals for the SEED grant (1 page maximum).
  • Preliminary data supporting proposed experiments (2 pages of text maximum; figures and tables do not count toward page limit).
  • Description of protocols and methods (2 pages maximum). Please provide a timeline for the proposed experiments (0.5 page maximum).
  • Investigators should provide details of faculty mentor(s) who may be assisting them with the application and provide letters of support from the mentor(s). If the applicant is working in the mentor’s laboratory, the mentor should indicate that the research reflects an independent line of investigation and that the applicant will be given sufficient time to perform the research.


  • Please identify the agency and type of award and provide preliminary Specific Aims and a timeline for the extramural grant application (2 pages maximum).  If this SEED grant is to support a revised extramural grant application, please provide the last submitted version of that application along with agency’s review sheets.  Provide a detailed rebuttal to the reviewers’ comments and explain how the SEED grant will be used to revise the application (3 pages maximum). The SEED application will not be considered until the applicant has received the agency’s review comments and had the opportunity to plan a revised application. 

Appendix – can include relevant published manuscripts (limit 3 manuscripts)


Original applications are due at the ACCM Research & Grants Office on July 1 at 5 pm or on December 1 at 5 pm; no extensions will be considered.  Electronic submissions are preferred (to  July submissions will be reviewed during July and August; funding decisions will be announced in early September, and the anticipated start date will be October 1. December submissions will be reviewed during December and January; funding decisions will be announced in early February, and the anticipated start date will be March 1. If an applicant is unsuccessful, he/she can resubmit a revised application at any time. Revised applications should include a summary of the substantial changes to the original submission and a response to the criticisms and issues generated in the review (2 pages maximum for the summary; indicate changes in the application using lines in the margin or colored font). If submission deadlines fall on weekends, the application can be submitted by 5 pm on the following Monday. 


The criteria for reviewing these applications will be the strength of the candidate, the importance and novelty of the proposal, and the likelihood that the research will generate publications and an extramural grant application.  Applications will be reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers followed by an NIH-style committee review. Applicants will receive a written critique detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the application.  Decisions regarding funding will be based solely on the peer-review process. The Research Committee will oversee the review process and ensure a fair and accurate ranking of the applications.


Awards will be paid in one installment. Award recipients must agree to present their research progress and findings at departmental research meetings. On completion of the proposed studies, the Principal Investigator must provide a report summarizing the progress made during the funding of the award and any publications or grant applications arising from the award (2 pages maximum, NIH format).