Call for Seed Grant Proposals

March 10, 2016
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 to Monday, March 25, 2019
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Institute for Population Research 2019 Seed Grant Announcement

We are currently accepting applications-Due March 25, 2019


PI Applicant must be OSU Faculty 

IPR offers seed grants to nurture research projects consistent with IPR’s mission to promote population science research.  IPR favors multi-disciplinary collaboration.  We especially encourage applications from junior faculty, and from faculty new to population and health research. 
Funding for this seed grant program is drawn primarily from our NICHD P2C award.  See below for the scientific mission of the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch [PDB].  Priority is given to research which falls within one or more of IPR's four thematic areas:  (i) Sexual and Reproductive Health;  (ii) Family Demography;  (iii) Mortality and Health over the Life Course;  (iv) Migration.  If you are unsure if your research fits, you are welcome to discuss with IPR Director John Casterline.  See:  for examples of past IPR seed grants.
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.
The structure of seed grant projects, and the activities which they fund, can take many forms.  We are deliberately flexible, within the boundaries set by the above criteria.  We give priority to interdisciplinary teams of scholars who propose projects with innovative scientific aims and/or research designs, projects which will contribute to building IPR as a research center, and projects which effectively take advantage of other emerging strengths and investments at Ohio State, in particular the Discovery Theme initiatives.
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 Pam Salsberry (  

Application Format, Templates and Deadlines


PI Applicant must be OSU Faculty 

Applications must comply with IPR application format.  

Allowable expenses under IPR seed grants include:  limited investigator salary (academic year or summer); GRA stipend and tuition; salary for other research staff (research scientist, post-doctoral fellow); research materials, data acquisition; preliminary analysis (including software development); pilot fieldwork and instrument development; meetings with visitors and shared support for multidisciplinary teams of researchers (including travel expenses); consultation with collaborators and experts outside OSU. 

Please note:

-  PI must be OSU faculty

-  Junior faculty must specify a mentor

-  Applicants who received an IPR seed grant during the past four years will be lower priority.

Templates for the two types of applications (#1 and #2 above) are below:

1.  PDF icon PDF icon 2019_Small Seed Grant App_Instructions.pdf The application consists of text describing the proposed work (maximum 4 pages), 
a cover page, Microsoft Office document icon 2019_seedgrant cover pg.doc
budget, File Seed Grant Budget.xlsx
references and NIH biosketch.

2.  PDF icon   2019_Large Seed Grant App_Instructions.pdf The application consists of text describing the proposed work (maximum 6 pages),
a cover page, Microsoft Office document icon 2019_seedgrant cover pg.doc
budget, File Seed Grant Budgets.xlsx
references and NIH biosketch for each investigator.  


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 Mon, March 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Submit 2 hard copies and an electronic copy by email  to Jill Morris (60C Townshend Hall, 1885 Neil Ave Mall) [].

Review will be completed by May 17, 2019.  Earliest start-date will be July 1, 2019.


NICHD Population Dynamics Branch [PDB] scientific mission:

PDB supports research in demography, reproductive health, and population health:

·       In demography, the Branch supports research on the scientific study of human populations, including fertility, mortality and morbidity, migration, population distribution, nuptiality, family demography, population growth and decline, and the causes and consequences of demographic change.

·       In reproductive health, the Branch supports behavioral and social science research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, family planning, and infertility.

·       In population health, the Branch supports data collection and research on human health, productivity, behavior, and development at the population level, using such methods as inferential statistics, natural experiments, policy experiments, statistical modeling, and gene/environment interaction studies.