Seed Grants

Three programs provide small grants for CVM faculty to engage in research that may lead to larger, collaborative, extramural funding opportunities.  Junior faculty are encouraged to apply as are experienced faculty who are transitioning into a new area of research with potential for collaborations.

The USDA Capacity Animal Health and Disease Program (spring submission) formerly called Formula Funds, promotes the general welfare through improved health and productivity of livestock, poultry, aquatic animals, and other income-producing animals that are essential to the food supply of the United States and the welfare of producers and consumers of animal products.  It includes the health of horses, disease prevention in domestic and wild animals, improved methods for the control of organisms and residues in food products of animal origin, improved housing and management of animals, minimizing losses due to transport and handling, protecting human health through control of animal diseases transmissible to humans, controlling births of predators, and expanded programs of research and extension.

The Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council (ILHAC) Seed Grant Program  (winter submission) addresses the concerns of producers throughout the state of Iowa based on a list of Research Priorities, which is updated annually.  Research proposals addressing current priorities in swine, dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry, and sheep and goats are chosen based on the strength of the proposal and the ability to address the priorities of a commodity group or all species.  Supplemental funding is available to support a first or second year DVM student who is accepted into the CVM Summer Scholar Research Program.

The CVM Seed Grant Program (spring submission) uses state funds to support innovative ideas that have the potential to open up opportunities for extramural funding.  Often these awards are allocated to projects that do not fit into the other seed grant programs.

Proposals will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee composed of members of the CVM Research Advisory Committee and other CVM faculty members.  Two reviewers will perform a comprehensive review of the proposal, rating it according to review criteria and providing a written evaluation.  Reviewers then present the proposal at a panel review session where all proposals are ranked.

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 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?  Is the project of high risk and is there enough justification for pursuing the risk?
  • 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?