1. Collaborative Proposals
Goal: To promote high impact cross-cutting ideas to spark trans-disciplinary research in BSOS. Funds will support the formation of interdisciplinary research teams with resources to develop ideas, conduct research, and seed larger scale projects including an application for external research funding for an individual project or an institutional effort (e.g., center grant, institutional training grant), a highly innovative teaching breakthrough, an impactful scholarly product (e.g., book), creation of a lasting research instrument or large-scale data set that would support interdisciplinary efforts across BSOS/Campus, and/or implementation of a transformative program at the University or in the community.

Maximum Number of Awards: 2
Maximum Amount per award: $30,000
Requirements: Proposals must include at least two faculty members and at least two different departments within BSOS unless a very strong argument can be made for the interdisciplinary benefits of bringing together faculty in the same department. While at least two primary faculty must be from BSOS, additional collaborators are encouraged from across and outside of campus (national and international).

2. Level 1 Seed Projects
Goal: To support scholarly research projects with a well-defined set of aims and methods, with the specific purpose of “seeding” future external funding applications. Level 1 Awards will support projects of smaller scale and/or at an early stage of development.

Maximum Number of Awards: 6
Maximum Amount per award: $10,000
Requirements: None (open to all faculty)
Additional Notes: Awards can be used to support a currently unfunded project or a partially/fully funded project that could be expanded significantly with additional funds. In the latter case, the application must thoroughly differentiate the aspects of the project currently funded and the new aspects to be funded by the Seed funding, as well as how the Seed funding increases the likelihood of additional external funding and scholarly products beyond what would be possible with the original funding.

3. Level 2 Seed Projects
Goal: To support scholarly research projects with a well-defined set of aims and methods, with the specific purpose of “seeding” future external funding applications. Level 2 Awards will support projects of larger scale and/or at a more advanced stage of development. Unfunded Level 2 proposals automatically will be considered for a Level 1 Award.

Maximum Number of Awards: 3
Maximum Amount per award: $20,000
Requirements: None (open to all faculty)
Additional Notes: See Additional Notes for Level 1 Seed Projects.