Seed Grant Program

Trainees are eligible to apply for small grants to support specific research and professional development activities that are not covered in traditional research grants or assistantships. Awards can support travel for research, purchase of supplies, or other direct costs. Funds may also be used to support travel to regional or professional conferences that broaden the trainee’s non-academic professional mentoring network.

Current funding opportunities:

Professional Network Development Grants

Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants

Professional Development Training Mini-Grants


Examples of recently funded projects:

Investigation of Growth Rates of Lacustrine Carbonate Deposits, Winnemucca Dry Lake, NV
Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant, by Laura DeMott, PhD Student, Earth Sciences

Research Presentation, Mentorship, and Networking at the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting
Professional Network Development Grant, by Alexis Stathis, PhD Student, Chemistry

The New MODFLOW Course: Theory and Hands-On Applications, Professional Development Training Mini-Grant, by Nathan Chien, MS Student, Earth Sciences

Attending the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Professional Development Training Mini-Grant, by Sara Alesi, Caitlin Eger, Megan Daley, Yige Yang (all in Civil and Environmental Engineering), Alexa Stathis (Chemistry), and JR Slosson (Earth Sciences)

Level I Thermography Certification Training Course, Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant, by Emily Baker and Sam Caldwell (Earth Sciences)


If you have been awarded a seed grant that involves travel, please see our “Travel Policies and Procedures” document for more information. READ MORE.