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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: December 19, 2023 (CLOSED)


Overview:  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 see the attached for guidelines on the 2-step review process, with the first step being the UF/IFAS pre-proposal screening described in this email.


Pre-proposals are due in the UF/IFAS Dean for Research office on December 19, 2023, and must be submitted by your UF/IFAS unit leader at the following submission site:

Allowed Number of Pre-Proposal Submissions per Unit:  UF/IFAS has been allocated six full proposals for the 2024 competition in which the PI is a faculty member in UF/IFAS.  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:  Forest, Fisheries & Geomatics Sciences; Horticultural Sciences; Microbiology & Cell Science; Animal Sciences; Agricultural & Biological Engineering; Entomology & Nematology; Citrus Research and Education Center; Gulf Coast Research & Education Center; Soil, Water & Ecosystem Sciences; and Plant Pathology.  All other units may submit one pre-proposal.


Pre-proposal guidelines:  The pre-proposal cover page should include a title and list of participating faculty with their departments and colleges.  The cover 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.


Only pre-proposals submitted by December 19, 2023 to by your unit leader will be accepted.  Please contact Brian Gray at with any IT issues.  For other questions regarding this funding opportunity, contact John Davis, Senior Associate Dean for Research, at or call 352-392-1784.