2013 Research Opportunity Seed Fund

2013 Research Opportunity Seed Fund

IFAS will again participate in the 2013 UF Research Opportunity Incentive Seed Fund competition. Please see the following link: http://www.research.ufl.edu/researchsupport/internal_support.html#opportunity_fund. We also have put this information at our url site: http://my.ifas.ufl.edu/sites/admin/dean-rec/researchOpportunity2013/

This University-wide awards grants program is to encourage interdisciplinary research that has a high potential to produce follow-up funding. Before submitting, please carefully consider the guidelines:

"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 equipment."

IFAS has been allocated seven full proposals for the 2013 competition in which the PI is a faculty member in IFAS. (Note, there are no limits on the number of IFAS co-PIs on proposals from other colleges.)

We plan to conduct our internal IFAS selection (starting with pre-proposals) using the same process we used last year with the first screening handled at the unit level. After submission to the Dean’s Office, pre-proposals will be evaluated by a Review Panel according to the Review Criteria as found on: http://www.research.ufl.edu/researchsupport/internal_support.html#opportunity_fund

Allowed Number of Proposal Submissions:

In recognition of changes over the last few years and the fact that there is a significant variation in the number of research faculty in each of the IFAS units, we have designated some units to be able to submit more than one proposal for the unit. The following is the chart of allowable submissions based on Research Faculty FTE effective July 1, 2012.

Research FTE between 10 to 24 – Unit may submit 2 proposals


  • School of Forest Resources & Conservation - 25.23
  • CREC - 21.35
  • Horticultural Sciences - 16.47
  • Microbiology & Cell Science - 13.25
  • Animal Sciences - 12.60
  • Entomology & Nematology - 12.42
  • Ag & Biological Engineering - 11.90
  • Food Science & Human Nutrition - 10.10
  • NFREC - 10.00

Research FTE of less than 10 – Unit may submit 1 proposal

  • GCREC - 9.80
  • Soil & Water Science 9.55
  • MREC - 9.30
  • Food & Resource Economics - 9.30
  • Agronomy - 8.95
  • Wildlife Ecology & Conservation - 8.70
  • Plant Pathology - 8.65
  • FLREC - 8.15
  • TREC - 7.80
  • FMEL - 6.50
  • Environmental Horticulture - 6.15
  • IRREC - 5.80
  • EREC - 4.70
  • SWFREC - 3.95
  • Ag Education & Communication - 2.75
  • WFREC - 2.70
  • RCREC - 2.35
  • Family, Youth & Community Sciences - 2.05
  • Statistics - 1.50

Pre-proposal guidelines:

The pre-proposal cover page should include a title and list of participating faculty/college/department. The title page should be followed by: an abstract, a concise project description, an outline of the proposed budget, and a brief statement of the plans to obtain external support and/or description of commercial potential (not to exceed three pages – single spaced, font size no smaller than 11 pt.; minimum 0.5 inch margins; tables and figure legends can be in 10 pt.). The unit’s selected pre-proposal should be in PDF format submitted by the Unit Leader (the only one with permission to submit) electronically to http://my.ifas.ufl.edu/sites/admin/dean-rec/researchOpportunity2013/ by Monday, November 5, 2012, 5:00 pm.

The timeline for submissions is as follows:

  • October 1, 2012 - 10:00am - E-mail goes out to IFAS Faculty asking for submission of pre-proposals
  • Date to be Determined by Unit Leader - 5:00pm - PI submission to their Unit Leader
  • November 5, 2012 - 5:00pm - Unit Leader pre-proposal selection submitted to the Dean; submitted electronically by Unit Leader at: http://my.ifas.ufl.edu/sites/admin/dean-rec/researchOpportunity2013/
  • November 6, 2012 - 9:00am - Pre-proposals reviewed by Dean, Associate Deans & Review Panel
  • December 3, 2012 - 5:00pm - Notification of selected (7) IFAS pre-proposals to be developed into full proposals.
  • January 4, 2013 - 5:00pm - Full proposals due in Dean for Research Office submitted by P.I. at: http://my.ifas.ufl.edu/sites/admin/dean-rec/researchOpportunity2013/
  • January 9, 2013 - 5:00pm - Dean’s submission to UF Vice President for Research (7) proposals from IFAS via e-mail.