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Seed Funding

The Research Institute has several internal award programs designed to foster research and scholarly activities, stimulate the quest for external support, and promote SLU as an excellent teaching and research institution.

To learn about the criteria used to evaluate internal proposals, review our internal awards peer review forms. If an internal proposal deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline will always be the following business day at 5 p.m.

Spark Microgrants

The Research Institute recognizes the importance of flexible funding to help stimulate ambitious ideas and help faculty find collaborators across the University. To support faculty research, the Institute will make small grants of up to $1,000 available to support faculty who wish to convene possible collaborators outside of their primary disciplinary area.

Applications are submitted on a rolling basis and the Office of the Vice President for Research will review applications weekly. Projects need to be completed within three months of approval. If you need additional information or wish to test the idea, contact Jasmin Patel, assistant vice president for research collaborations, at

Apply for a Spark Microgrant

Beaumont Faculty Development Fund

The Beaumont Faculty Development Fund was established at Saint Louis University in 1976 with initial endowed support from the Beaumont Foundation.  The fund is now administered through the Research Institute.

Its purpose is to meet three goals:

  1. Encourage a positive atmosphere for research and scholarly activity at the University by making small grants available.
  2. Stimulate pursuit of external support for faculty research and scholarly activities.
  3. Promote the University as an excellent place to teach and do research.

Projects with clear and demonstrable relationships to the objectives of the fund are eligible. However, the purpose of the program is to assist rather than totally support a project.

President’s Research Fund

The President’s Research Fund supports promising projects that have strong potential to attract external funding. These funds have been made available since 2009 to support research and scholarly activity. PRF awards are aimed at supporting the collection of data or other pilot activities that the awardee will use as the basis for extramural grant or contract applications.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Research Grant Program

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Research Grant Program is intended to encourage collaborative groups of interdisciplinary researchers across at least two or more academic units to conceptualize a larger future grant application for external funding. New working relationships are encouraged. Applications for pilot projects should include a tentative plan for a future structured grant and clearly describe how the seed money will be used to support the future grant application.

Awards are made based on a competitive review process in which reviewers consider an application on the merits of the specific activities proposed, relative ranking among other applications, and the availability of funds. Proposals must demonstrate exceptional merit and value for the field of study, the individual, the department, the college or school and the research mission of the University. Preference may be given to new interdisciplinary collaborations.