University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Resources for Faculty

Funding Opportunities & Awards

Seed Grant Awards


Deadline: January 31

Each year the College of Arts and Sciences provides a number of seed grants that are specifically directed at faculty research and creative/performance projects that are designed to facilitate applications for larger, clearly identified, extra-mural grants in the immediate future. Awards may not be used for attendance at meetings, conferences or symposia. The maximum amount per award is $10,000; in addition, above that amount, the College will provide a 50/50 match with departments up to a total award amount of $15,000. The total award pool is $35,000. The objectives, eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application guidelines are summarized below.

  • Deadline: January 31, 4:30 p.m.
  • Award funds are available starting in the spring of the award year through the following fiscal year. Funds will expire June 30th one year after the award notification, unless given an extension.


The College of Arts and Sciences Seed Grant awards are specifically designed to provide support for research and creative/performance projects of the highest merit that can directly facilitate competitive applications for larger, extramurally funded projects.

Awards are not made to support:

  • curriculum development
  • faculty education or training
  • service projects
  • development of commercial products, including textbooks or electronic teaching materials
  • summer salary stipends, course releases, or expenses for meals.


To be considered eligible, projects must address the objectives listed above in Section I and be submitted by full-time faculty [minimum of 0.75 FTE and 9 months] who:

  • will have completed their terminal degree by date of application
  • have primary appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • are not current  members of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee
  • are not on notice of non-retention for  the next academic year
  • will be on the faculty during the period of the award (Faculty Research Support Awards are made contingent upon the recipient’s continued service at UVM throughout the academic year following the award year. If a grantee fails to complete this required term of continued service, full reimbursement to the College of all expended funds is required)
  • Faculty may not concurrently apply for a Faculty Research Support Award and a Seed Grant Award or have received a College Small Grant Award the previous semester.


The maximum amount per award is $10,000; in addition, above that amount, the College will provide a 50/50 match with departments up to a total award amount of $15,000. The total award pool is $35,000.

Only one application is allowed from each eligible faculty member; however, more than one faculty member may submit a single joint application.  .

Recipients of this award are expected to submit a final report to the Dean's Office on their project by September 30 of the academic year after the award was utilized. Notice on how to complete this report will be sent to necessary faculty prior to the deadline. Recipients may contact to complete their report earlier. Failure to file a final report will make the recipient ineligible for future awards funding..


Applications that address award objectives (Section I) and are submitted by eligible applicants (Section II) will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the project being proposed, i.e., originality of proposed research, potential contribution to, and advancement of, the field, etc;
  • Clear evidence of identification of  a significant extramural grant[s] to which the applicant intends to apply;
  • Evidence that the Seed Grant Award will directly facilitate that application and likely contribute to its success;
  • Record of the applicant's achievement as indicated by scholarly and creative products related to the proposal under review;
  • Clarity of the proposal. Proposals must be understandable to colleagues who are not specialists in the applicant's field.  Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from other faculty before submitting their proposals;
  • Relationship of the proposed project to the applicant's long-term research agenda;
  • Feasibility of the proposed project in terms of reasonableness of the budget and availability of facilities and existing resources necessary for satisfactory completion of the project.


Application in Word format

Attached are instructions for completing the application packet. If you have questions regarding the application instructions, completion of the application, or your budget, please contact the College.

All proposals for awards must be e-mailed as a single Word document attachment (12 pt. Times New Roman font) to to arrive no later than 4:30 pm, January 31.  Applications that are received after this time will not be considered.


Make every effort to write an application that is understandable to readers from outside of your field. Since your application will be reviewed and ranked by a committee of faculty from all four academic areas, you should not assume that committee members are familiar with the significance of a given project to a particular discipline. Minimize the use of discipline-specific terminology (jargon). It is advisable to have a colleague critique your draft proposal before submission. Do not include these instructions with your application.


(in a single Word file 12 pt. Times New Roman font)
  • Cover Page (see C below)
  • Budget Form (see D below)
  • Budget Description (see E below)
  • Project Description (see F below)
  • Relevant Bibliographic References (see G below)
  • Identification of Potential External Funding Sources (see H below)
  • An abbreviated c.v. (no more than 3 pages)


Use the enclosed cover page and provide all required information using Microsoft Word Times New Roman 12 pt. font.
  • #4 Area: Choose the disciplinary area in which you would like your proposal considered
                                                        (Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences)
  • #10  Project Title: Limited to 120 characters
  • #11  Abstract: Provide a synopsis of the proposed project in the allotted space 
  • #12  Review Boards: Award recipients are required to secure approval from any applicable review board(s) prior to beginning a project.


Use the budget form provided. Budgets should not be inflated to reach the  maximum provided; the Awards Committee will reduce or eliminate proposed expenditures that are not justified.
  • For Research Assistants, you will need to specify percent appointment (33% or 50%), rate, time period (semester, academic year and/or summer), and cost, which needs to include the university’s fringe benefit rate.
  • For Student Hourly Help, specify the number of students, the number of hours each is to be employed, and the hourly rate of pay.  The student fringe benefit rate for SUMMER employment should also be included.
  • UVM fringe benefit rates are located here:
  • This program will not fund or supplement the salary of the applicant.
  • For non-UVM personnel costs (e.g., consultant), list such costs in the Supplies & Expenses category on the Budget Form and explain in the Budget Description.
  • In the Capital, Supplies & Expenses, and Travel Categories, list individual items and their costs. Be specific. Provide a total for each category in the appropriate space.
  • Capital: Include in this category items that have a unit price of $5,000 or more, and a useful life of greater than one year. Justify the need and cost for these items in the Budget Description.
  • Funds requested in the Supplies and Expenses category will not be awarded for subventions, indexing, page charges or reprints.  Do not include any travel-related expenses here.
  • Transfer of funds between categories requires permission of the Dean.
  • Funds requested in the Travel category will be provided only for travel directly related to the conduct of the research project, not for dissemination of the results of this project or for attendance at conferences or professional meetings.  Expenses for meals should not be included; they are not funded by this award.


The budget description (maximum length of 1 page) should:

  • provide a rationale for proposed expenditures; explain the costs of individual items; explain the role of student appointments, including Research Assistant and student hourly help, in the project;
  • justify the purchase of Capital equipment; clarify and justify the involvement of non-UVM personnel; and describe the source and amount of any other funds committed to the project;


Use the following formatting guidelines for your project description.  The project description may not exceed three single-spaced pages including all supportive materials, e.g., graphics, illustrations, figures, or pictures. Be sure to include 

  • a description of the research/scholarly project;
  • a discussion of the significance of the research/scholarly project;
  • a precise description of the methodology or system of inquiry;
  • a statement of expected outcomes, contributions to the field or discipline, and/or scholarly products;
  • a statement concerning how College support of this project will better enable you to compete for the externally funded grant to which you plan to apply;
  • a description of how this project relates to your overall research agenda.


Literature citations in the Project Description should be listed on a separate page immediately following the Project Description.  The references may not exceed one page.  


Indicate, as appropriate, information concerning the external grant to which you are planning to apply.
  • i.) Funding Agency/Organization. -e.g., NSF, NIH, NEH, The Kress Foundation, The Social Science Research Council, etc.
  • ii.) Program or Request for Application/Proposal Announcement. -e.g. NIH - Economic Research on Incentives for Efficient Use of Preventative Services (R01); NEH Bridging Culture Through Film: International Topics, etc., -Include a web link, if available.
  • iii.) Funding Available. -e.g., $25,000-$250,000 direct costs/year for up to five years, up to $25,000/year direct costs, etc.
  • iv.) Application Deadline(s). -either the next submission deadline for the indicated program OR (if appropriate) the deadline for your intended proposal submission to this funding program
  • v.) Applicability of this Project to this Potential Funding Source. -indicate the suitability of this funding source for longer term funding of this project -describe plans/timing for grant proposal submission

I.  C.V. 

The application should include an abbreviated c.v. of no more than three pages. 

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