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UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

This Call is For: UF/IFAS Faculty

Submission Deadline: November 16, 2020


UF/IFAS will again participate in the annual Research Opportunity Seed Fund Competition sponsored by the UF Office of Research. This University-wide program encourages new interdisciplinary research. Cross-college projects between new collaborators are especially encouraged. Please click here to see the Review Criteria for more information.

Pre-proposals are due on November 16, 2020, and must be submitted through your UF/IFAS unit leader at the following submission site:


UF/IFAS has been allocated eight full proposals for the 2021 competition in which the PI is a faculty member in UF/IFAS. There are no limits on the number of UF/IFAS co-PIs on proposals from other colleges. In recognition of significant variation in the number of research faculty, as in previous years, we have identified units with the most research FTE that are eligible to submit two pre-proposals. Units allowed to submit two pre-proposals include: School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Horticultural Sciences, Animal Sciences, Citrus Research and Education Center, Microbiology and Cell Science, Plant Pathology, and Agricultural and Biological Engineering. All other units may submit one pre-proposal.


The pre-proposal cover page should include a title and list of participating faculty with their departments and colleges. The title page should be followed by three pages that include: an abstract, a concise project description, tables and figures, an outline of the proposed budget, and a brief statement of the plans to obtain external support and/or description of commercial potential, and citations. Pre-proposals are not to exceed three pages – single spaced; minimum 1.0 inch margins; font size no smaller than 12 point except tables and figure legends that can be in 10 point. The unit’s selected pre-proposal(s) should be in PDF. Any pre-proposal that deviates from these guidelines will not be reviewed.

Submission Process

Only pre-proposals submitted by November 16, 2020 to by your Unit Leader will be accepted. Only Unit Leaders and their assistants have access to the submission site.

For More Information

With questions about the program, contact John Davis (Senior Associate Dean for Research, Contact Brian Gray at for any IT issues.