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Interdisciplinary  Seed Grants

Interdisciplinary Seed Grants

The Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM (COE-MWS) is committed to supporting the development of faculty research projects that align with the modernization priorities of the Department of Defense or explore the underrepresentation of Black women in STEM. To that end, applications for the COE-MWS Faculty Seed Grants are sought for projects from interdisciplinary teams that show promise for the development of new ideas and approaches, as well as potential for future sustained funding from outside sources. Grants are intended to fund pilot research that will generate preliminary data to leverage external research grant opportunities and contribute to a sustainable program of research or scholarship. 


To submit your proposal, please email your proposal materials as a single PDF file to The filename should include the last name of the PI.


  • Application deadline: Aug. 8, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Funding notification: Aug. 19, 2022
  • Funding Begins: Sept. 1, 2022
  • Funding Ends: June 30, 2023
  • Report Due: July 31, 2023

For questions about the COE-MWS Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program, please contact Dr. Tamara Pearson, Director of the COE-MWS at


  •  Submissions must include teams of at least two tenure-track faculty members, one of which must be in the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics. Priority will be given to proposals that include cross-departmental teams.

  • Proposals must describe work that will position teams to be competitive for externally funded multi-investigator awards. 

  • Each faculty member may only submit one application in this funding cycle. 

  • If you have external funding related to this project, the proposal must clearly explain why that funding cannot be used for the proposed work, and how the proposed project represents a distinct, new direction.

Funding Details

  • We intend to make between 6-8 awards in 2022.
  • These are one-year awards, possibly best suited to pilot projects and proof of concept explorations.
  • The funding level is between $10,000 and $20,000 per award.
  • Funds may be used in any customary way to support research, including for summer salary for key personnel. However, these funds are not intended to support travel or external collaborators. Awarded funds will be available Sept. 1, 2022 and must be expended by June 30, 2023.
  • Preference may be given to fund proposals from early and mid-career faculty who do not currently have external funding.


Important Details

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