Stony Brook University
Office of Vice President for Research
OVPR Research Initiatives
Seed Grants for Postdoctoral Scholars
This program is designed to enhance the research and training mission of Stony Brook University by providing seed funding for postdoctoral scholars who are conducting research and scholarly activities under the mentorship of established researchers. Awards will be based on creativity, content, innovation and the applicant’s use of his or her ideas to further their research goals.
Funds will not be granted for a project currently supported by another internal funding mechanism. Amount of funding is contingent upon the review and content of each application. Applications will be judged on overall programmatic merit as well as clarity and persuasiveness by a panel of distinguished faculty from our institution. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) shall make determination of funding based on the review panel’s recommendation and availability of funds. Applicants are not eligible to receive a second year of additional funding for this Postdoctoral Scholar Seed Grant. The recipients of this funding are encouraged to continue research initiated under this award by obtaining extramural funding in collaboration with their faculty mentors.
Eligibility & Award Information:
- Applications will be accepted from Postdocs (regardless of functional job title) holding an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degrees who are interested in conducting research sustainable for external funding
- Citizenship is not a selection factor
- The length of support will be for up to one (1) year
- A maximum of up to $10,000 may be requested
- Grantees must indicate a commitment to the proposed research by focusing a maximum of 10% of their time to the proposed research
Research Development Associate
Submission Deadline and Grant Cycle Timeline:
- Receipt of Application: September 1, 2012
- Grant Advisory Committee Meeting: October 1, 2012
- Notification of funding: October 30, 2012
- Public notification: early November, 2012
- Funding start date: November 15, 2012
Submit application, research plan, budget and any appendices electronically as 4 separate documents to Postdocs@stonybrook.edu.
Grant Application Cover Page:
- State the name of the postdoctoral scholar acting as Principal Investigator, including Position Title, Department, Contact Information, Faculty Mentor’s name
- Title of Proposed Project
- General Area/Discipline of Research: Identify the category in which you are applying
- Keywords: Specify all keyword terms that are applicable to your submission (information will be used to assign the appropriate reviewers)
- Total Amount Requested
- Signatures of Postdoctoral Scholar and Faculty Mentor
Personal Statement: The Postdoctoral Scholar must submit a brief (max. 1 page) statement including his/her:
- Training program (including course work) and the kind of interaction that takes place with his/her mentor
- Integration/utilization of the research in his/her host laboratory, if applicable
- Briefly describe why your experience & qualifications make you well suited to carry out the project you are proposing. Also describe how this seed funding may contribute to your career goals
Key Personnel: List all key personnel including name, organization and role on project.
Research Plan: Research plans should be kept to three (3) pages maximum and submitted as a separate document. The literature cited (references, journal articles, or poster abstracts describing the research), figures and tables may be additional pages (kept to a maximum of two (2) pages). Proposals exceeding page limitation may not be evaluated. The research plan should be written in the style of a formal grant application. State the overall objective, the rationale/background and the current state of knowledge relevant to the proposed work. Review relevant prior work and identify the gaps that the project is intended to fill. If appropriate, describe any preliminary results that support the proposed project.
Broader Impact: Please tell us in 1-2 paragraphs if there are any broader impacts of the proposed activity that will benefit society.
Does the proposed activity include the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, disability, economically disadvantaged, etc.)?
Does the proposed activity respond to areas of national need or interest (e.g., address health disparities, involve collaborations with minority-serving institutions or K-12 education, disseminate critical findings in a broader context, change or enhance public policy, promote new models of mentoring or training)?
Budget for the Proposed Budget Period: List each item and amount requested. Subscriptions, memberships, and indirect costs are prohibited. Please use the Excel spreadsheet provided and submit as a separate document.
Budget Justification: Limit budget justification to one (1) page. List each budget category (e.g., travel, supplies, other, etc.) and explain how each category will be spent (e.g., if using animals, state the species and how many are needed).
Other Support: Include all financial resources, whether Federal, non-Federal, commercial or institutional, available in direct support of your research endeavors, including but not limited to research grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and/or institutional awards. Training awards, prizes or gifts may not be included.
Resources and Facilities: Identify the facilities to be used (laboratory, clinical, animal, computer, office, other). Describe only those resources that are directly applicable to the proposed work. Provide any information describing other resources available to the project (e.g., machine shop, electronic shop) and the extent to which they would be available to the project.
Appendices: The following may be included in the appendices:
- Letter of support from the Faculty Mentor. The mentor is encouraged to submit a letter of support for the postdoctoral scholar and/or project indicating his or her professional relationship with the applicant, including the basis for accepting the candidate, and the guarantee to supply reasonable space and funds for the completion of the fellowship
- Biographical sketches for the Postdoctoral Scholar and any key personnel
- A copy of the compliance approval (IRB, IACUC, IBC etc.), if available, must be included when these forms are required to conduct the proposed work. If awarded, no funds will be transferred without the proper approvals
Failure to comply with the above will result in application being returned without benefit of review.
Post Award Requirements
- If an award is made, a final report must be submitted to OVPR within 30 days of the termination of the award period
- A no-cost extension may be granted up to one year with prior approval from OVPR
- Grant recipients are reminded to acknowledge receipt of OVPR support in any presentation or publication of work funded by an OVPR seed grant
- Award recipients will be expected to share their research results in a brief presentation at the annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium held at SBU
Download an application here
Download the budget spreadsheet here
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