SEED GRANT: Application Due April 10, 2017

The Genome Science Institute is pleased to announce the availability of up to two one year seed grants ranging up to $20,000; each to enhance genetics and genomics research at Boston University/Boston Medical Center. These grants are intended to provide the resources needed to generate preliminary data prior to the submission of extramural grants (e.g., R01s or P01s).


PURPOSE AND SCOPE: This RFA is intended to stimulate the expansion of genetics and genomics research by enabling the generation of preliminary data and establishing collaborations so they can be convincingly presented in extramural grant applications. We encourage applicants to seek opportunities to enhance their NIH research proposal applications.

ELIGIBLITY: The RFA is open to all BU faculty on the Medical or Charles River campuses. Joint PIs are allowed. At least one PI must have been a GSI member for the six months prior to the submission deadline. (Exceptions for new faculty will be considered.) The GSI is open to all BU faculty engaged in genetics and/or genomics research. Please contact to apply.


  1. A two-page application outlining the specific aims, rationale, background (brief) and methodology (brief) of the project.
  2. A one-page summary describing the expertise of the individuals involved.
  3. NIH Biosketch including other support information for all participants.
  4. A detailed budget. Requests can be made only for support staff and/or supplies (i.e., not faculty salaries).
  5. Appropriate IRB/Animal Studies Approval.
  6. Application should be sent to by 5:00 PM on April 10, 2017.

REVIEW PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed for scientific merit and potential importance in the field of genetics and genomics. Applications will be ranked by the GSI Seed Grant Committee and funding level determined by the GSI directors. A summary of the discussion is available by contacting the seed committee chair after the review. Anyone with a Conflict of Interest with a potential reviewer should make appropriate notes in the application.

REPORTING: Individuals who are funded should appropriately acknowledge support of the GSI in publications and grant applications that arise from this project. A 1-2 page progress report outlining the work carried out, as well as a basic breakdown of how funds have been spent is due 24 months from the date of award. (Although, individuals may be asked to provide this sooner.) Individuals will also be required to give a seminar in the GSI seminar series reporting their findings.

Finally, individuals are required to notify the GSI if any of the work conducted as a result of a GSI seed grant contributes in any way to either a publication or a subsequent award. This allows the GSI to measure the effectiveness of this program.