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Request for Applications

The OVPR Revise and Resubmit Seed Grant Program is a pilot program that will provide funding to support the resubmission efforts of PIs/teams who have received highly favorable summary statements on prior, unfunded grant proposals. The funds are to be utilized to explicitly address weaknesses and gaps in the original submissions as indicated by the reviewers.

This pilot seed grant program will accept proposals from PIs targeting NIH funding opportunities for their resubmissions. Future cycles may be open more broadly to include additional sponsors.

AWARD AMOUNT: Average size award is $10,000. Well justified proposals may request up to $20,000.

START DATE: February 1, 2022 (date subject to change)

GRANT PERIOD: Up to 12 months


Who is Eligible: We are following the  Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility Policy. Please review it carefully to determine whether you need a letter from your Department Chair. 

Additionally, projects must demonstrate the following:

    • Faculty may only submit ONE proposal to the OVPR Revise and Resubmit Seed Grant Program.
    • PIs of active OVPR Seed Grant projects from previous cycles are eligible to submit a proposal to the OVPR Revise and Resubmit Seed Grant Program.
    • PIs must have plans to resubmit a proposal that was declined for funding in the past 12 months and must make their summary statements available.
    • PIs of awarded projects will receive information about upcoming workshops offered by OVPR and will be encouraged to participate when relevant.

Award Information:

The total budget for this special initiative seed grant program is $150,000. We expect to make between 10 to 15 awards, with an average award size of $10,000. Well justified proposals may request up to a maximum of $20,000. Award periods may be up to 12 months, but will vary based on the targeted NIH resubmission deadline. PIs are expected to apply for external grants within the award period.

Funds can be used for equipment and supplies, travel, and consultant costs. Personnel costs for research staff (students, technicians, etc.) can also be included in the budget, but use of funds for PI salary is discouraged. All personnel related expenses must include fringe. Indirect costs should not be included in the budget.

Seed grant funds can also be used to cover the PI’s participation in a six-to-eight-month consultation program with John Robertson, Ph.D. from Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops ( Following a full-day “Write Winning Grant Proposals” seminar and half-day “NIH Renewals and Resubmissions” seminar on January 13-14, 2022, program participants can expect 3-4 rounds of review of the Specific Aims section of their proposals, along with a Group Workshop and a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Robertson (tentatively scheduled for April 8 and 11, 2022). There will be further electronic communication and Dr. Robertson will review your final proposal.  Participation in this program is highly encouraged for all eligible PIs. The total cost of participation is $4,400. PIs that are interested in using seed grant funds to cover the cost of participation will only need to pay $3,000 out of the award amount. OVPR will cover the remaining $1,400 and will also take care of the payment process on behalf of the PI. Please note that PIs who choose to participate in the one-on-one consultation program will have their seed grant accounts set up for $3,000 less than the total award amount. Please note that all seminar dates are subject to change. 

Budgets should include strong justification across all categories as projects will only be funded at the level deemed necessary to accomplish research goals in the proposed project period.

Refer to the FAQs for all OVPR Seed Grant Programs.

Post-Award Requirements:

Awarded projects will be required to submit a final progress report at the end of the award period. Templates will be provided.

How to Apply:

Proposals must be uploaded to the application portal as a single PDF file by 11:59pm on December 1, 2021. Font size must be 11 points or larger with 1 inch margins.

A complete application will comprise of the following:

    • Cover page that includes the name(s) and department(s) of the PI and Co-investigator(s), the title of the research project, and a brief project summary (200 word limit)
    • Project narrative (2 page limit) that includes the following sections:
        • Brief overview of your previously submitted proposal describing the research goals and timelines
        • Brief summary of the reviewer’s comments describing the gaps and/or weaknesses identified by the reviewers
        • Description of your plans to address the reviewer comments, your resubmission strategy, plan and timelines.
    • Budget and budget justification (2 page limit)
        • Budget must include a timeline for spending the funds that is no longer than 12 months. Please be clear about which NIH resubmission deadline will be targeted and make sure that is reflected in the budget and budget justification. This proposed timeline will determine the length of the award period for funded projects, so it is very important to map out a clear and realistic plan for spending. PIs of funded projects will be expected to be mindful of the award period and account balance throughout the life of the award. OVPR will be closely monitoring spending of the awarded projects and any PI teams that overspend will be expected to cover the difference with other funds. Likewise, PI teams that request more than the budget needed for the project in the proposed time frame should expect any remaining funds to be recaptured at the end of the award period. No extensions will be granted for this seed grant program.
    • Biosketches for all key personnel (2 page limit per investigator)
    • Copy of summary statement from previously submitted proposal

myResearch is not required for this submission.

Review Criteria:

All applications will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:

    • Innovation and excellence
    • Strength of the research team
    • Clarity and efficiency of the budget
    • Ability to complete the project within the proposed timeline
    • Ability to address concerns and gaps in the original submission as indicated by the reviewers
    • Opportunities created by the project to attract external funding

Additional Information/Questions:

For more information, please contact the Office of Proposal Development at