Institute for Population Research 2021 Seed Grant announcement

The goal of this program is to seed projects which have the potential to compete successfully for external awards — NIH, NSF or other agencies that fund research encompassed by the NICHD/IPR mission. Hence it is expected that seed grants will lead to the submission of a grant proposal. It is also expected that IPR will receive a portion of the indirects (e.g. 10%-20%) when an external award is secured.

IPR seed grants fall into one of two classes:
1. Small and Focused Projects. This class is the “traditional” IPR seed grant. Typically these projects are twelve months’ duration (with option for no-cost extension) and have a budget $15,000 – $35,000. R01, R21, and R03 applications to NICHD/NIH are common outcomes.

2. Large Multi-investigator Project. These projects have a maximum duration of twenty-four months and maximum budget of $85,000. The expected outcome is application(s) for substantial external funding. Teams contemplating applying for a large IPR seed grant are advised to discuss their plans with IPR Director Casterline ( or IPR Associate Director Sarah Hayford (

The text should discuss the scientific themes and the additional sections below:

(a)   How the proposed project will contribute to the development of IPR as an interdisciplinary population and health research center.  It is expected, for example, that project infrastructure will be based in IPR, to the extent appropriate and feasible.  You are encouraged to discuss in advance with IPR Director Casterline the resources IPR currently offers to support research projects as well as emerging plans for expanding IPR capabilities (e.g. in data services).

(b)  How the proposed project will take advantage of other existing and emerging initiatives and resources at Ohio State.

Applications must be received by Wed, March 3, 2021 by 4:00 p.m.

Submit by email to Jill Morris  [].

Review will be completed by May 15, 2021.  Earliest start-date will be approx June 1, 2021.

Click here to read more about submission guidelines and proposal elements.

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