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Seed Grant Program

The Seed Grant Program is a crucial mechanism by which we foster population-related research

About the Program

The Seed Grant Program at Maryland has several goals for the development of faculty research:

  1. to facilitate the development of strong individual research proposals, especially NIH and NSF applications
  2. to support junior faculty in proposal development
  3. to encourage faculty in allied fields or faculty who have not previously sought funding from NIH to develop grant proposals
  4. to encourage grant development that involves faculty from more than one discipline
  5. to support high-risk / high-return projects or projects where time-sensitive funding is needed, and
  6. to support research related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Guidelines

The current Seed Grant Proposal Guidelines are available by reviewing the RFP, which is also available for download.


Submit your proposal using the Seed Grant Proposal Submission Form. For information, contact , Development Core Director.

Rapid-Response "Policy Changes and Public Health Crises" Seed Grant Call

Due to the rapidly evolving environment and the recent Notice of Special Interest call from NICHD  (NOT-HD-22-038: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI)), the Maryland Population Research Center invites seed grant proposals for projects on the Impact of Policy Changes and Emerging and Evolving Public Health Crises on NICHD Populations of Interest. These proposals will be evaluated on an ongoing basis with an expedited turn-around time for reviews, about 2-3 weeks. All of the standard criteria for population related research (see linked call for proposals) will be used to evaluate Rapid Response proposals.

Program Guidelines

The Rapid-Response Seed Grant Proposal Guidelines are available by reviewing the special RFP, which is also available for download. (While similar to the standard Seed Grant guidelines there are significant differences.)


Submit your proposal using the Seed Grant Proposal Submission Form. For information, contact , Development Core Director.

Seed Grant Report Form

PIs who have completed their Seed Grant research can report on their progress using this form :

Seed Grant Report Form

Past Awards

Past Seed Grant awardees are listed below by academic year:

2020-21 | 2019-20 | 2018-19 | 2017-18 |
2016-17 | 2015-16 | 2014-15 | 2013-14 | 2012-13 |
2011-12 |2009-10 | 2008-09 | 2007-08 | 2006-07 |
2005-06 | 2004-05 | 2003-04 | 2002_03 | 2001-02


See a listing of all Seed Grants awarded since 2001