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The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the Smithsonian Institution continue to solidify and enhance the collaboration that has existed between the two institutions over many years. As part of continuing activities to foster the existing relationship and to forge new areas of collaboration, UMD and SI will again support the joint competitive Seed Grants for Research Program in 2015. Now in its sixth year, the intent of this initiative is to encourage new teams of investigators to cross institutional and disciplinary boundaries, to enhance established collaborative teams to move to the next level in their research, to establish specific high impact research foci and/or generate preliminary data to support new areas of endeavor and to encourage research that leads to new funding opportunities. Given the range of disciplines and capabilities at UMD and SI, there are likely to be numerous opportunities to improve research and secure needed new funding.

Program Information

UMD and SI scientists and scholars are encouraged to develop joint Seed Grants for Research proposals. In order to be considered, a proposal meeting the guidelines must be submitted no later than April 10th. The proposal should address the scientific or scholarly merits of the proposed research and identify both the research and institutional benefits, as well as potential future proposals to federal, public or private funding agencies.

There are likely to be four to six awards that will range from $25,000 to no more than $50,000; the final number of awards will depend on the quality and quantity of proposals received as well as the proposed budgets. It is expected that the budgeted awards will be distributed equally between the two PIs or institutions, whichever is appropriate. An individual may serve as PI on only one team project.

Upcoming Deadlines

Proposals Due: April 10, 2015 5pm EDT

Funding Decision: May/June 2015

Recent Grants


University of Maryland, College Park
Tara Burke, Director for Research Resources
(301) 405-4178 or 

Smithsonian Institution
Amy Marino, Program Officer, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support
(202) 633-5645 or


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Division of Research, Seed Grant Program
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1541

Anne Geronimo, Director for Research Development
(301) 405-4178 or

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