Seed Grants



Seed Grant Program

Next deadline: March 9, 2022

IPR offers seed grants to nurture and promote population research, with a focus on research that will eventually result in external funding. Seed grants can be used to collect or acquire data, conduct preliminary analyses, develop new collaborations, or other activities that help strengthen research proposals. Priority is given to research that 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. We especially value research that fits within the scientific mission of the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch. See for examples of past IPR seed grants.

Applicants must be OSU faculty or have PI status at OSU. Unfortunately, we are unable to fund research activities that take place outside the United States.

We encourage applications from junior faculty, from faculty new to population and health research, and from multidisciplinary groups. Applications from junior faculty should identify a faculty mentor at OSU.

Contact IPR Director Sarah Hayford [] with any questions about scientific content or project fit. Contact Jill Morris [] with any questions about application materials, budgets, or other aspects of the application process.

IPR seed grants fall into one of two classes:

1.    Small and Focused Projects. These projects are twelve months’ duration (with option for no-cost extension) and have a budget up to $40,000. R01, R21, R03, and K applications to NICHD are common outcomes.

2.    Large Multi-Investigator Projects. 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 Hayford.

The goal of this program is to seed projects that will eventually lead to successful proposals for external funding. The structure of seed grant projects and the activities they fund can take many forms; in particular, seed grants need not immediately result in published research products. However, all seed grant proposals should clearly describe how the activities supported by the seed grant will contribute to the development of the external proposal (for example, by providing preliminary data; by demonstrating feasibility of an approach; by furthering knowledge of a research field; etc.).

Seed grant recipients are required to acknowledge IPR in any presentations or publications resulting from the seeded project. IPR should be included as a recipient of indirect costs on any application for external funding submitted based on the seeded project.

Application Format, Templates and Deadlines

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. 

The grant application includes a 6-page (maximum) description of the project, following the instructions linked below; a cover page; a budget and budget justification; and an NIH-format biosketch for each investigator. 

Seed Grant Application Instructions and Review Criteria

Seed Grant Rules and PI Responsibilities

Seed Grant Cover Page

Budget template

NIH biosketch

Pending available funding, IPR conducts two grant calls each year with deadlines the first Wednesday in October and the first Wednesday in March, at 4 pm. Start dates are approximately January 1 (for October submissions) or June 1 (for March submissions). 

Submit by email to Jill Morris  [].

NICHD Population Dynamics Branch [PDB] scientific mission:

PDB supports research in demographyreproductive 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.