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2021 SBU-BNL Seed Grants for Collaborative Research

The SBU-BNL Seed Grant program serves to foster collaborative efforts between scientists at the University and BNL.  It is a key opportunity for developing synergistic activities that can grow joint research programs aligned with the strategic plans of both institutions. For this 23rd year a minimum pool of $250K will be available for proposals submitted jointly by SBU and BNL scientists. 

The subject of a proposal can be any scientific topic that is of joint interest to BNL and SBU. Proposals should be innovative and exploratory, in line with the seeding character of the program, and should position the investigators to pursue new external funding. Successful proposals in areas of high interest to BNL may be eligible for matching funds from BNL.

Successful proposals are typically funded at the level of $30,000-45,000. At Stony Brook these funds, which will be administered by the Research Foundation, are free from all overhead, and no tuition is charged for graduate students that are supported by a Seed Grant. The funds will be available on or about July 1, 2021, and should be expended within 18 months after awarding. All awardees will be required to provide a brief (2 pages) progress report after 12 months, and must submit a brief final report (2 pages with references) on the results of the project. Publications and grant submissions that resulted from the project are of particular interest.  Any additional funds provided by BNL will be administered by the respective ALD’s office. 

The Office of Brookhaven Affairs at SBU will handle proposals and oversee decisions on awards. Recommendations for awards will be made by a committee of SBU and BNL scientific leaders. Proposals should explain the significance of the project to scientists who are not experts in the field, and should clearly lay out a vision for the strategic value of the proposal and the potential for future funding.


Call for Proposals

About the Seed Grant Awards:  The Office of the President sponsors the Seed Grant program for joint initiatives between scientists from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Office of Brookhaven National Laboratory Affairs at Stony Brook administers the program annually. Joint proposals are solicited at the beginning of each year for submission in early April and winners are announced in May.

History and Description:  The Seed Grant Program began more than 20 years ago as a vehicle to foster collaboration between the Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Lab science communities. Scientists from both institutions work in conjunction with colleagues bringing their ideas to life. These collaborations are a key element for developing synergistic activities that can grow joint research programs aligned with the strategic plans of both institutions. The Program is announced in February.
Please contact the Office of Brookhaven Affairs ( for more information.