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Upcoming Deadline for Seeding Excellence: OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars


The Research Development Office (RDO) within the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) seeks collaborative OVPR Interdisciplinary Research Scholars proposals with awards up to $220k for 18 months as part of the Seeding Excellence Initiative. Successful proposals must focus on areas of interdisciplinary strength at the University of Iowa that have significant societal impact. The goal is to enable teams of researchers to build on existing strengths to achieve significant growth in the area of focus.

For Spring 2023, it is anticipated that up to ten full proposals will be invited with up to five awards made. LOIs for this cycle are due on March 21, 2023. Other important dates are:

  • March 31, 2023 - Full Proposals Invited
  • May 31, 2023 - Full Proposals Due
  • June 16, 2023 - Awards Announced
  • July 17, 2023 - Project Start Date

Find more information about the requirements and apply here.

The Seeding Excellence Initiative aims to sustain the continued growth of the campus research enterprise by providing competitive seed funding in four strategic areas: (1) community engaged research and scholarship, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), 3) early career scholars, and 4) interdisciplinary research. Find more information on the program here.