Research Seed Grants (RSGs) | College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Research Seed Grants (RSGs)


Research Seed Grants (RSGs), awarded for amounts up to $10,000 from the Office of Research and Economic Development, are intended to enable research that seeds funding of extramural sponsored programs, or that bridges a gap in extramural support.


Funds must be expended by the end of the fiscal year (August 31), additionally subject to UNT BSC fiscal year-end procurement deadlines. Funds from Research Seed Grants may not be used for travel in pursuit of extramural funding or to workshops and conferences. Visits to funding agencies in pursuit of sponsored programs is supported via the ORED PEST program and UNT Colleges frequently provide "supplement travel support" for other travel purposes. In addition, certain items may not be paid for using state funds, for example, alcohol, tips and gratuities, and gifts cards.

The RSGs may not request faculty summer salary or teaching release via buy-out. Only one RSG may be awarded to a faculty member each year. Successful applicants must submit a one page report before September 30 of the fiscal year following the award including an updated plan for follow on funding.


To be eligible for a Research Seed Grant the faculty member must hold the academic rank of Assistant Professor or higher and be employed on a full-time basis in a permanent or tenure track position. Permanent and temporary faculty appointees who hold the doctorate (or equivalent) may apply, however, preference may be given to proposals from tenured and tenure track faculty.

Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to proposals that articulate the most clear and strong plan for work that will seed follow-on funding from an external source (or that bridges a gap in extramural funding). Preference may also be given to proposals involving interdisciplinary research. All proposals should contain a specific plan for work and a specific plan for obtaining follow-on external funding. Proposals must indicate results of seeking and receiving external funding from previous UNT intramural grant support.

It is expected that a proposal for external support will be submitted within one year of completion of the RSG, evidence of the potential for which must be described in the proposal.


Applications for Research Seed Grants may be made at any time and will be evaluated for a funding decision by the 15th of each month running from September to June.


Fill in each section of the application and return to The Office of Research and Economic Development, Hurley Administration Building, or send a scanned image of the completed and signed form via email to

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