The Research Opportunity Seed Fund targets interdisciplinary, faculty-initiated research
projects with potential for extramural support. The program focuses on new projects
and/or new collaborative partnerships.

Projects should be innovative, support institutional mission goals, have strong potential
for garnering future funding from external sources, OR have outstanding commercial
potential. Opportunity Fund awards are not intended to support on-going projects — they
should support new projects (not a supplement to current research) and/or new
collaborative partnerships. The proposal must emphasize novel research. To be
competitive, proposals must be multi-/interdisciplinary and must involve faculty from at
least two departments/units/colleges (see Review Criteria for more information on this
criterion). Single-investigator proposals are not eligible. Proposals involving
hypothesis-driven research should clearly and explicitly state the hypothesis. Proposals
for equipment are allowed if the funds will be used for instrument development;
Opportunity Fund awards are not to be used for the purchase of standard pieces of

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