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 seed grants:

– Purchase of laboratory supplies and materials to conduct data-collection for micro-plastics dissertation research project entitled, “Investigation the influence of UV and temperature on the leaching of estrogenic compounds from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic water bottles using bioanalytical and chemical analyses.”  Trainee: Laura Markley. Type: Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant.

– Travel and lodging to Pasco, Wa. to complete dissertation work at the U.S. Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Trainee: Geoff Millard. Type: Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant

– Travel and lodging to attend the East Africa Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2019. Trainee: Shaidu Nuru Shaban. Type: Professional Development Training Mini-Grant

– Exam registration and study materials for the preliminary Professional Geologist certification to be undertaken on October 4th, 2019. Trainees:  Micah Wiesner, Julianne Sweeney, Julio Bertran. Type: Professional Development Training Mini-Grant

– Travel and lodging to present at two upcoming conferences: LC/MS/MS Applications in Environmental Analysis and Food Safety in Miami, FL and the America Chemical Society Fall 2019 National Meeting in San Diego, CA. Trainee: Shiru Wang. Type: Professional Network Development Seed Grant

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