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UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

This call is for: Early Career Faculty

Submission deadline: October 4, 2021


IFAS and the University of Florida are committed to facilitating faculty success through professional development and providing opportunities to jumpstart and develop faculty research programs. The research skills and record of accomplishments established during the early years can set the stage and trajectory that shape the rest of the scientist’s career.

To promote and facilitate success of early career scientists, the UF/IFAS Dean for Research Office is requesting proposals to support research of tenure-track faculty.

A total of up to $750,000 will be awarded. The maximum individual award will be $50,000 and there is no minimum award size. Successful grants will be announced in December 2021 with anticipated starts in January 2022.  Funding will be provided for 18 months ending in June 2023.


PI of the proposal must be a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a tenure home in UF/IFAS, have an official research appointment, and not be in their final year of the probationary period. Faculty who have already received an Early Career Seed Grant are not eligible. Faculty status is based on rank on July 1, 2021. Faculty must have a REEport project that has been approved by NIFA prior to submission.

Submission Process

The intent of the funding is to facilitate development and success of research programs of early career scientists. Accordingly, these funds should be spent within 18 months to help “jumpstart” their programs and provide a platform for future success. Successful proposals will enable development and advancement of projects, collection of new data, or analysis of existing data. Proposals should focus on work that you will be leading, but work that takes place in the context of broader partnerships is also acceptable. The work funded under this program should form part of the foundation that results in eventual significant extramural funding.

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

1) Quality of proposal and research design over funding period;

2) Potential impact of the research;

3) Potential for the seed funding and pilot research to lead to future extramural funding; and

4) Impact of funding on faculty member’s program development.

To apply for this award, please submit the requested materials here: by October 4, 2021. The information requested includes:

  • Online cover sheet:
    • Project title
    • Faculty information (name, unit, email, phone number, and budgeted appointment split)
    • The PI's Experiment Station (REEport) Project – Hatch, Multi-state or McIntire-Stennis – title and number
    • RCR Training status (completion of federal Responsible Conduct of Research training; if not, you must complete training here before submission)
    • Abstract (general audience abstract limited to 200 words)
    • Estimated % effort that the faculty member will spend on this project, and will report to their REEport Project
    • Budget information (derived from the template below)
  • Attached PDF narrative with the following information (maximum 5 pages with one inch margins on all sides, at least 11 point font including tables and figures, but not including literature cited):
    • Title, PI name and unit, and collaborator name and unit if applicable
    • Introduction: An overview of the pertinent literature, justification, and relevance of the project to the faculty member’s broader research program and goals
    • Expected impact: A description of the potential impacts to stakeholders and to the faculty member’s research program
    • Methodology: A description of the proposed research plan, objectives, hypotheses to be tested, methods, and the research timeline
    • Extramural funding strategy: A summary of specific sponsor(s) and program(s) that will be targeted for funding (include web links and targeted program areas if possible) using the data collected through this grant, and the anticipated time of submission
    • Budget summary and justification: A description and justification of budget items for personnel costs, tuition, travel, research materials and supplies, and other expenses. Equipment purchases (>$5,000), TEAMS salary, and faculty salary are not supported by this program.
    • Literature cited (does not count toward the page limit)

Selection Process

Proposals will be evaluated by a faculty panel using the criteria listed above. Proposals not adhering to the specified format or not submitted by Monday, October 4, 2021 will not be considered. The panel will make recommendations for funding to the Dean for Research, who will be responsible for final award decisions.

For More Information

With questions about the program, contact Damian Adams (Associate Dean for Research, or calling 352-392-1784.

Budget Template

Early Career Budget Categories 


Personel Costs TOTAL Personnel $
Post Doc
Graduate Student
Undergraduate Student
Fringe Benefits
Tuition TOTAL Tuition $
Travel TOTAL Travel $
In state travel (include mileage)
Domestic travel (include airfare, hotel, etc)
Foreign travel (include airfare, hotel, etc)
Research Materials and Supplies TOTAL Mat & Supp $
Rental/User Fees - Equipment, Facility, or Services (e.g., Ufarm, HiPerGator)
Consultant Services
Animal Care and Associated Expenses
Other Research Materials and Supplies 
Other Expenses TOTAL Other

TOTAL Early Career Request