Seed Funding

Request for Application - due by 5:00 pm Friday, October 15, 2021:

The Department of Medicine Seed Funding (DSF) has been established to increase the number of departmental grant applications that will be submitted to various funding agencies.  Examples of projects or courses/ workshops that will be funded include:

  • Faculty pilot studies needed for grant application
  • Grant writing class or seminar leading to submission of a grant application
  • Course /workshop to enhance the applicant research and grant writing skills

To request funding from this program, department faculty must submit a request to the Vice Chair for Clinical Research Department of Medicine using the DSF application form (download Word file). The Applicant will be expected to describe how the pilot study/grant writing class/course/workshop will enhance their ability to submit a more substantial grant in the future. Thus, the Applicant will be expected to provide copies of their plan to submit a grant from the pilot study and show an outline of the idea and proposed grant application. Applicant must work with the Dept of Medicine Pre-Award Office to get assistance and approval on budgets PRIOR to submitting applications.

  • The maximum award amount is $10,000 for Pilot Studies & $3,000 for Courses/Workshop
  • Maximum of 4 Pilot Study grants will be awarded this year
  • Several Courses or Grant Writing Workshops may be funded this year
  • Funds must be used within the fiscal year & cannot be used for faculty salary coverage
  • A six month no-cost extension will be considered based on written justification and merit
  • A progress report and update will be required six months into the study
  • An end of study report will be required
  • A follow-up progress report will be required annually, starting one year after the grant end-date
  • Recipients are required to present their findings at an Office for Research- Research Forum within six months of the grant end date

Writing a Successful DOM Seed Funding Application -(download Word document)

Please see the NIH website for an up to date biosketch form (required for all investigators)

A complete list of past awardees.


Ade Olomu, MD, MS, FMCP, FACP

Blanch B. and Frederick C. Swartz Endowed Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical Research
Chief, Division of Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
Michigan State University
788 Service Road, B323 Clinical Center
East Lansing, MI 48824