Seed Grant Program

The Center for Vertebrate Genomics is now accepting applications for seed grants. Deadline for applications is November 4, 2019 at 3:00pm.

Fall 2019

The Center for Vertebrate Genomics (CVG) is very pleased to open the Fall 2019 competition for seed grants. Recognizing the successful history of the CVG, and in alignment with Cornell's Genome Biology initiative, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research has provided a generous funding increase for the CVG this year.

The CVG is excited to announce that this Fall we are accepting seed grant applications with larger budgets than in the past. Seed grants are intended to support the generation of data that would stimulate collaborations within Cornell, particularly those involving computational and experimental scientists, and ultimately strengthen extramural grant applications that feature vertebrate genomics research. The Center is accepting proposals for research projects or requests for shared reagents/equipment/software/salaries. Historically, the CVG has funded 4-5 awards of $10,000 to $15,000 each.

This year, the CVG has funding to support 2 awards of $30,000 each and 3 awards of $20,000 each. Our hope is that these larger budgets will afford the opportunity for researchers to assemble even more competitive single-PI or multi-PI grant applications to external funding agencies.

CVG encourages applicants to leverage the increasing number of genomic resources and facilities available on campus. This includes but is not limited to the TREx Facility and the BRC Genomics Facility. The CVG is also willing to consider requests in which seed funding is combined with other Cornell-supported funding opportunities. One example would be a request for shared equipment in which another unit on campus would agree to co-fund shared equipment. For such combined funding requests, please contact the point person from the other unit and Dr. Sethupathy so that a joint review can be conducted, and potential shared costs can be negotiated.

Application Procedure


The PI for the proposal must be an active faculty member of the CVG and, if not a tenure track professor, must hold an academic title such as Research Professor that qualifies to apply independently for external funding. However, the project may involve a collaborator that is not a CVG faculty member.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are reviewed by the seed funding committee and the center director. Selections will be made based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance to vertebrate genomics
  • Quality and promise of the project
  • Likelihood that the data obtained will increase extramural fundability
  • Need of the investigator
  • Collaborative/interdisciplinary projects, particularly those involving computational and experimental scientists
  • Active involvement of the PI and his/her lab in CVG activities
  • Track record with previous CVG funding
  • Use of university genomic resources and facilities is encouraged

Application Package

  • Cover page which should include:
    • Project title
    • PI name
    • Co-PI/collaborator names, if applicable
    • Total Requested Budget
  • Project Summary (limited to 5 pages) which should include:
    • Introduction summarizing the motivations and circumstances behind the request.
    • Project Aims
    • Background and Significance
    • Project Plan and Methods Used
    • External Funding Potential: How you expect the results to translate into external funding. If applicable, describe if the seed grant application is intended to generate prelimiary data in preparation to respond to an RFA from a funding agency, and please provide the application deadline for that RFA.
  • Proposed Budget Detail and Budget Justification: Applicants should budget either for $30K or $20K; whichever is the best fit for the proposed work. Some applications with a $30K budget may receive partial funding at $20K if the review committee feels $20K will be sufficient to execute most of the proposed work.
  • Supplemental Material which may include:
    • Letters of support from collaborators
    • PI Biosketches or CVs
    • References, papers/manuscripts

DEADLINE: November 4, 2019 3:00pm.

Please submit your application as a PDF file via email to Charlotte Williams at Please reduce the file size if it exceeds 10 MB.

Applicants will be notified approximately 6 weeks after close of deadline of their award status. Successful applicants will be requested to make brief progress reports of their project on an annual basis for five years.

Previously awarded CVG Seed Grants