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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: 

Click here for the announcement of the awardees.


University of Florida/IFAS is committed to fostering integrated, team science that addresses grand challenges faced by Florida and the world, and assisting faculty to develop and transfer tools and technologies that drive important innovations and fuel the economic engine of the state of Florida.

To promote and grow integrated research and Extension team efforts toward emerging agricultural enterprises, the UF/IFAS Dean for Research Office and Dean for Extension Office in partnership with the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources are requesting proposals to the SEEDIT Program.

A total of up to $1,000,000 will be awarded in Phase I. Proposals are expected to range from $5,000 to $75,000, with the possibility of additional funding in Phase II. Successful Phase I grants will be announced in Spring 2020 and should be spent within 18 months.


PI or Co-PI of the proposal must be in a tenure-track faculty position with a tenure home in UF/IFAS. The PI or Co-PI must have a REEport project (individual or multi-state HATCH, or McIntire-Stennis) approved by NIFA prior to submission.

Scope and Criteria

The intent of the funding is to facilitate development and success of research and Extension programs related to emerging agricultural enterprises. Accordingly, these funds should be spent within 18 months to help build and support integrated teams working toward alleviating “choke points” in the development of emerging enterprises in Florida. Successful proposals will enable development and advancement of projects, collection of new data, and/or analysis of existing data to assist in the creation and transfer of tools and technologies with commercialization and business enterprise potential. The work funded under this program should also lead to significant extramural funding, whether private or public.

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

1) Scientific merit and rigor of the integrated research and Extension project;

2) Capacity, expertise, and experience of the interdisciplinary faculty team;

3) Identification of chokepoints related to technical feasibility, biophysical/environmental limitations, economic/social considerations, and/or regulatory/policy limitations;

4) Potential for the seed funding to lead to the creation and transfer of marketable tools and technologies and/or business enterprises;

5) Potential for the funds to be leveraged with extramural private and/or public sector funding; and

6) Impact of the proposed project on the investigators’ research and Extension program development, including intellectual property and publications.

Submission Process

Please submit the requested materials here: The information requested includes:

Online cover sheet:

a. Project title

b. Integration Team information (investigator names, titles, affiliations, email addresses, and REEport project numbers if applicable)

c. Institutional Review Board or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee determination

d. General audience abstract (limited to 200 words)

e. Non-proprietary statement briefly describing the potential path to commercialization and enterprise development (limited to 100 words)

f. Budget (faculty and TEAMS staff salary is not allowed, and IDC is not applicable to this internal program)

• Attached PDF narrative with the following information (maximum 3 pages excluding literature cited and evidence of industry support, one inch margins on all sides, at least 11 point font including tables and figures):

a. Title, and Integration Team names and affiliations

b. Introduction: A brief overview of the literature, justification (e.g., chokepoints), and relevance of the project to the team’s research and Extension programs and goals

c. Expected outcomes and impacts: A brief description of the potential outcomes and impacts to stakeholders and to the faculty members’ programs

d. Methodology: A description of the plan to integrate research and Extension toward commercialization and enterprise development, project objectives, hypotheses to be tested, and methods

e. Project timeline: A project timeline, including a final report due mid-August 2021 and a Phase II Summit presentation in September 2021

f. Extramural funding strategy: A summary of specific private and/or public sponsor(s) and program(s) that will be targeted for funding (include web links if possible) using the outputs of this project, and the anticipated times of submission

g. Budget justification

h. Literature cited (does not count toward the page limit)

i. Evidence of industry support (does not count toward the page limit)

Selection Process

The Deans for Research and Extension are responsible for final award decisions. Proposals not adhering to the specified format or not submitted by February 20, 2020 will not be considered.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Damian Adams (, Saqib Mukhtar (, or Linda Smith ( Contact Nancy Wilkinson ( with financial questions.

January 2023
Dear UF/IFAS colleagues:
UF/IFAS is committed to helping faculty develop and transfer tools and technologies that drive important innovations, move ideas to the marketplace, and fuel the economic engine of the state of Florida.
To promote and grow integrated research and extension team efforts toward emerging agricultural enterprises, the UF/IFAS Dean for Reserach Office and Dean of Extension Office, in partnership with the Senior Vice President for Agriculutre and Natural Resources, funded the SEEDIT (Support for Emerging Enterprise Development Integration Teams) Program. 
We received many impressive SEEDIT proposals that demonstrate the importance of what we do and the creativity of our UF/IFAS colleagues. We selected 14 out of 30 (47%) for funding, and are pleased to announce the following SEEDIT awards:
Developing an elderberry industry in Florida
Athearn, Kevin
North Florida Research and Education Center – Suwannee Valley/Food and Resource Economics

Addressing Chokepoints Impeding the Development of a Value Chain for Florida Finger Limes
Blare, Trent
Tropical Research and Education Center – Homestead/Food and Resource Economics

Urban Agriculture: Direct-to-Consumer Health & Wellness Pilot Program
Campbell, Catherine
Family, Youth and Community Sciences

Developing Spray-Induced Gene Silencing (SIGS) to manage Sugarcane Mosaic Virus in Turfgrass
Dhillon, Braham
Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center/Plant Pathology

Breeding for Climate-Smart Coffee Cultivars
Ferrao, Felipe
Horticultural Sciences

Develop a new blood test for fetal gender determination in beef cattle
Gonella, Angela
North Florida Research and Education Center - Marianna/Animal Sciences

Piloting Bamboo Research and Extension in Florida: Developing guidelines for germplasm evaluation, production practices and postharvest management to benefit a growing industry
Kadyampakeni, Davie
Citrus Research and Education Center – Lake Alfred/Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Kenaf: A Possible Domestic Source of Potting Media
McMillan, Mica
Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center/Environmental Horticulture

Evaluate olive (Olea europaea L.) as a new cash crop for Florida
Rossi, Lorenzo
Indian River Research and Education Center – Ft. Pierce/Horticultural Sciences

Passionfruit:  Establishing the groundwork for the development of an emerging specialty fruit crop industry in Florida
Sarkhosh, Ali
Horticultural Sciences

Scion/Rootstock Evaluation for Developing a Sustainable Cold-hardy Citrus Industry in North Florida
Shahid, Muhammad
North Florida Research and Education Center - Quincy/Horticultural Sciences

Seaweed Production for Climate Smart Cattle & Bioremediation
Smyth, Ashley
Tropical Research and Education Center – Homestead/Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Optimizing vanilla production through horticulture, plant breeding, and discovery research
Wu, Xingbo
Tropical Research and Education Center – Homestead/Environmental Horticulture

Development of Genetic Stocks to Support Fast-Growing Oyster Industry in Florida
Yang, Huiping
Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences
Over the next 18 months, these integrated teams will be working to develop or expand emerging enterprises in Florida. These are exciting efforts, and we look forward to seeing what these dynamic teams can do.