Seed Grant Program

Fall 2018

Seed grants are intended to support the generation of data that would strengthen extramural grant applications in vertebrate genomics research, and also to stimulate collaborations within Cornell, particularly those involving computational and experimental scientists. The CVG has funding to support a small number of research projects or requests for shared reagents/equipment/software/salaries with awards typically in the range of $5,000-$15,000.

The CVG is willing to consider requests in which seed funding is combined with other Cornell-supported funding opportunities. One example would be requests for shared equipment in which another unit(s) 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. Schimenti 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
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
  • Supplemental Material which may include:
    • Letters of support from collaborators
    • PI Biosketches or CVs
    • References, papers/manuscripts

DEADLINE: October 15, 2018 3:00pm.

Please submit your application as a PDF file via email to Charlotte Williams at Please reduce the file size if it exceeds 5MB.

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 after one to three years.

Previously awarded CVG Seed Grants