Division of Research
Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP)

Seed Funds Awards

  1. Objective: Supports individual faculty members or teams of faculty members who are working on initiation and/or continuation of research projects or pilot studies with the purpose of seeking external funding.

  2. Award Criteria & Terms:
    1. Funding for the recipient?s effort during the summers is restricted to .50 FTE.
    2. Project must be completed within 12 calendar months.
    3. Support for Co-Investigators is allowed in multidisciplinary or team projects.
    4. Awardee(s) must submit an external grant application associated with the project being support by the FRSP within 6 months of the end of the FRSP funding period. Failure to submit disqualifies the individual(s) from future FRSP funding for a period of 5 years.
    5. Awards are up to $30,000

  3. Application Deadlines: Due annually on March 1 and September 30

  4. Proposal Package
    1. Internal Clearance Form: The FRSP Internal Clearance Form must be used.
    2. Budget: The FRSP Budget Form must be used
    3. Resume: Attach resume(s) of the applicant(s).
    4. Title: Provide a project title that clearly represents the research topic.
    5. Project Narrative [not to exceed 2 1/2 pages]:
      • Problem: Clearly state the research question or creative area to be explored.
      • Methods: Discuss the research design, data collection methods, analysis, write-up, and dissemination of results.
      • Timeframe: Delineate the timeframe of the project.
      • Goals: Provide the short-term and long-term goals. In particular, explain how the project will lead to the enhancement of the PI?s professional development, including obtaining external sources of funding, and contribute to the university?s mission

    Proposals that do not strictly adhere to all requirements will be returned without review. For all application types, pages must be letter size, 8.5x11 inches, Arial 11 point or Times New Roman 12 point, single-spaced with 1-inch margins.

    All proposals submitted for consideration must contain the components listed below under each award type, and must be in the specified order. All awardees MUST submit to the Office of Research and Economic Development a final report within 30 days of completion. Failure to submit a final report disqualifies the individual(s) from future FRSP funding for a period of 5 years.

  5. Application and Review Process
    Submit the complete proposal as a single pdf file to frawards@fiu.edu. The entire package must be received by the deadline specified for the specific type of proposal. Proposals will be declared ineligible if the guidelines are not followed or if all components of the proposal package are not received by the deadline

    Applications will be reviewed by peer faculty, with the VPR Advisory Research Council making funding recommendations to the VPR.

    For Bridge Funding: Funding determination will be made by the respective Dean and the Vice President for Research.

    Review Criteria
    • The FRSP scoring system for uses a 9-point scale. A score of 1 indicates an exceptionally strong application with essentially no weaknesses. A score of 9 indicates an application with serious and substantive weaknesses with very few strengths; 5 is considered an average score. Ratings are in whole numbers only (no decimal ratings).
    • The following three core review criteria will be used:
      • Significance: Does the project address an important problem or critical barrier to progress in the field? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? For Seed Funds and Major Research Initiatives Course Buy-Out: How likely is it that external funding will be obtained?
      • Innovation: Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or creativity paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed?
      • Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed?