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CVM Seed Grants Program


Deadline dates will be announced in the request for proposals (RFP) that is sent out from the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Typically, deadline dates are in late March or early April. Please address questions to the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies at cvmres@iastate.edu.


The overall goal of this program is to increase research funding from extramural sources in order to enhance our stature in research among the U.S. veterinary colleges.


Proposals should contain innovative ideas of high quality, should foster multi-disciplinary team research, and should be competitive for funding at the national level. Funds are intended to be used as seed money to generate preliminary or additional data to make proposals more competitive for funding. Funds may also be used for travel to establish collaborations with scientists who are leaders in their respective areas or to acquire new techniques. Justification for such expenditure should be included in the grant proposal.


1. The PI must be a faculty member or research scientist (P37 or higher) with a regular appointment at the ISU Veterinary College of Medicine. However, faculty members in other colleges, graduate students, post-docs, or any other qualified researcher are permitted and encouraged to serve as Co-invesitgators or collaborators.

2. Although an individual may be an investigator on up to two proposals to this program, an individual can serve as PI on only one.

3. PIs who have a current Formula Grant or a concurrent CVM Seed Grant are not eligible.

4. Preference will be given to junior (early career) faculty, established faculty changing directions, or projects that foster collaboration between clinical and basic sciences.

Research Priority Areas

There is no restriction on research topics or areas.

Amount of Funding

$20,000 limit per year and may be continued for a second year based upon productivity and availability of funds.

New proposal Guidelines

Submit one original paper copy of the signed cover sheet and one electronic copy of the full proposal to the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 2526 Vet Med Administration, as instructed in the call for proposals sent via email. Proposals must contain the following information:

A.  Title Page (Example)

  1. Project title
  2. Names of investigators
  3. Funds requested for the first year ($20,000 maximum)
  4. Duration of project (maximum of two years)
  5. Signatures of all investigators and respective Department Chairs (include dates of signatures)

B.  Project Summary

Provide a 200- to 300-word summary of the project (ON SEPARATE PAGE) in language that scientists in other disciplines can understand.


  1. a statement of the problem
  2. hypothesis to be tested
  3. research plan and expected results

C.  Body of Proposal (maximum of six pages, single-spaced)

  1. Statement of the problem/hypothesis, and objectives/aims
  2. Relevant background information and preliminary data (where available)
  3. Significance and innovation
  4. Plan of work:  approach, methodologies and timetable
  5. Plan for extramural grant submissions and potential for successfully competing for extramural funding.  Sufficient information must be provided for evaluation.

D.  REFERENCES (maximum of one page, single-spaced)

E.  Biographical Sketch – one for each investigator (maximum of one page, single-spaced) using following format:

  1. Name ____________________, Title ____________________
  2. Education -- undergraduate, professional, postgraduate, postdoctoral
  3. Research and professional experience
  4. Recent publications - not to exceed ten

F.  Budget (maximum of one page)

  1. Single-column budget
  2. Budget Justification
  3. No indirect costs

Continuation Proposal Guidelines

Submit one original paper copy of the signed cover sheet and one electronic copy of the full proposal to the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 2526 Vet Med Administration, as instructed in the call for proposals sent via email. Proposals must contain the following information:

A. Title Page

  1. Project Title
  2. Names of investigator(s)
  3. Proposal Type: Continuation
  4. Funds requested for the next year ($20,000 maximum)
  5. Overall duration of the project (including starting year)
  6. Signatures of all investigators and respective Department Chairs (include datesof signatures)

B. Project Summary (200-300 word lay language summary of the project)

  1. Statement of the problem
  2. Hypothesis to be tested
  3. Accomplishments made during the past year
  4. Plan for the next year
  5. Overall impact

C. Progress-to-date on project (maximum of two pages)

  1. Scientific accomplishment:  sufficient progress must be documented for each objective/aim
  2. List of extramural grants submitted (please indicate funded, not funded and/or pending).  Provide review score if applicable.
  3. Presentations and publications

D. Plan for the next year (maximum of two pages)

  1. Objectives
  2. Research approach
  3. Expected results and outcomes
  4. Plans for extramural grant submission

E. Budget (maximum of one page)

  1. Single-column budget
  2. Budget justification
  3. No indirect costs

Review Policy:

Grant applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee composed of members of the CVM Research Advisory Committee and other CVM faculty members.

Review Procedures

Each proposal will be reviewed by two reviewers, who will be requested to provide written evaluations of the assigned proposals according to the review criteria. The reviewers are requested to attend the panel meeting to discuss and rank each proposal. Funding decision will be made according to the ranking.

Review Criteria

Significance. Does this study address an important problem that is relevant to the funding program?

Approach. Are the conceptual or clinical framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well reasoned, and and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the project have a reasonable chance to succeed?

Innovation. Is the project original and innovative? For example: Does it challenge existing paradigms or clinical practice or address an innovative hypothesis or critical barrier to progress in the field? Does the project develop or use novel concepts, approaches, methods, tools, or technologies?

Potential for External Funding. Does the project have the potential for external funding? Is the plan for seeking extramural funds clearly described?

Evidence of Progress (continuing projects only):  Has satisfactory progress been made in the previous year? Have efforts been made for seeking extramural funding? If not, is the delay justified?


Grants will be funded for a period of up to two years. Funds for the first year should become available on July 1 of each year and must be spent by June 30 of the following year. Funding for the second year will depend upon research productivity as judged by extramural grant submissions, research accomplishments and refereed publications, and availability of funds.


Principal investigators are expected to submit a grant application to extramural funding agencies in the first year.

Required: A termination report is required when the project is complete. These reports are due July 1.

Note: Gold Sheets are not required, however, animal use forms are required prior to the start of the project if animal experimentation is involved. If a biohazard is involved please contact the ISU Department of Environmental Health and Safety Office.

Termination Report

Format for termination reports:

There are five separate parts to the termination research report. These are:

  1. Cover sheet
  2. Research summary
  3. Scientific report
  4. List of presentations made and reports of publications
  5. Evidence for seeking extramural funding

This termination report should be styled, not bound. Please submit one hard copy and one electronic copy to the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 2526 Vet Med Administration, cvmres@iastate.edu.

1. Cover Sheet

This single-page document provides the association with a means of filing and identifying the material. The arrangement of this page should be as follows:

  • Title
  • Investigator(s)
  • Department(s)
  • Date of Completion of Project

2. Research Summary (One Page)

This is a very important part of your termination report and describes the potential usefulness of the research to the industry. It should briefly explain the conclusions that are drawn from the results. It should include few, if any, scientific tables but an evaluation of potential in terms of economics, increased quality, better performance, etc. Dollar figures are always valuable. The following format should be used with a minimum of technical terminology. This summary is intended for general industry consumption.

  • Briefly describe the problem that was studied
  • Restate the objectives from the original proposal
  • In the same order, state briefly the results achieved toward each objective of the project
  • Discuss the impact of the research results for the industry.

3. Scientific Report

The scientific report should be carefully written so as to substantiate the results and be of value to those who may wish to study the details of the experiment. Limit of three page length of this report. The format is shown below. 

  • Materials and methods used in the study. Should be in sufficient detail to allow for repeatability. If new techniques or tests have been developed as part of the objectives of the project, the specific protocol for the technique or test should be included
  • Results and discussion
  • Tables and figures (can be inserted into the text where appropriate)
  • References


4. List of Presentations and Publications (Limit One Page)

Please list the publications which were a result of this research either entirely or in part by this grant. Reprints would be appreciated when available.

5. Evidence for seeking extramural funding (number of grants submitted, outcomes of the submissions, review scores if available).