Arts & Sciences’ Collaboration Seed Grant Program (CSGP) for Junior Faculty is designed to fund
projects that foster collaborative research across and within disciplines. This seed grant program
aims to increase the competitiveness of junior faculty by providing a means to obtain preliminary
results and proof of pre-existing collaborations. The CSGP program serves as a platform for faculty
to apply for larger, interdisciplinary grants. Research proposals that receive funding must meet
these basic criteria:
1) Create a powerful, interdisciplinary project that could not be achieved by a single researcher in a
2) Demonstrate the potential for sustained collaboration and external funding support;
3) Establish collaboration between a junior faculty member with a senior faculty member or with
other junior faculty. Junior faculty are the primary focus and beneficiaries of this program.
4) Require pooled investment from the Dean’s office, the associated departments, and associated PIs.
Estimated Number of Awards and Funding Amounts
Up to three (3) awards per year, with $15,000 from the Dean, $10,000 from associated departments,
and a cost sharing commitment of $5,000 from each Co- PI sharing this collaborative research
interest. A signed letter of commitment, specifying cost sharing amounts, is required as part of the
Proposals should be submitted via email to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences who will
convene a review committee including senior faculty from appropriate departments and
interdisciplinary programs. Applications will be received once per year, by April 1st for the following
Who May Submit Proposals
Proposals may be submitted by Washington University Arts & Sciences tenure-track faculty who
have not received tenure and who have been a faculty member at Washington University for at least
six months. The junior faculty member will serve as PI. Proposals are encouraged to include at least
one Co-PI from a different department (or school) than the junior faculty member’s. Collaborations
outside the department of the PI will be viewed favorably; however proposals within a department
will be considered to the extent they demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach across sub-fields.
Use of Funds
Funds may be used for any activity directly related to the conduct of the research proposed with
these exceptions: funds may not be used for faculty summer salaries, staff salaries, course buyouts,
seminar speakers, consultants, conferences or travel (unless the travel is directly related to the
conduct of research – i.e. field work).
Proposal Preparation Instructions
Cover Page – The cover page should include:
1. Proposal title
2. PI information:
- Email address
- Email address
4. Total number of investigators
5. Total award request, including matching contributions from departments and PIs.
6. Targeted future funding opportunities, including sponsoring agency name and
current solicitation numbers (if available).
Project Summary – No more than 1 page.
Project Description – No more than 3 pages. The project description should include:
2. Research plan and technical approach, including:
- Specific aims and methodology
- Anticipated results
- Specific needs for preliminary data for future submissions
3. No more than one figure is recommended
Budget and Budget Justification – No more than 1 page.
References – No more than 1 page.
External Funding Target(s) – No more than 1 page. This section should:
- Explain to what extent the proposed research has already been piloted by the PI
- and Co-PI(s);
- Explain to what extent the collaboration has already been on-going or established;
- Indicate why the collaboration creates a more powerful, synergetic project than could
- be achieved alone;
- Estimate the length of the project for the future funding opportunity.
Biographical Sketch – No more than 3 pages per participating faculty member; include a list of up to
10 relevant publications.
Current and Pending Support – Required for each participating faculty member.
Letter of Support from the PI’s Department Chair – A letter of support from the Department Chair
of the PI is required. This letter should indicate the chair’s opinion on the importance of the
project for their department and Arts & Sciences. A letter from the Co-PI’s department chair is
Cost Sharing Commitment Letter – The letter should indicate committal of cash cost sharing funds,
including the source (e.g., letter of commitment from departmental chair or from PI/Co-PI(s) with
discretionary account fund numbers) and how the cost sharing total will be divided among the PI
Proposal Review Process
A committee appointed by the Dean will serve as the review board for these proposals and will make
recommendations to the Dean, with specific rankings. The Dean will determine which proposals to