The College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS) Program funds projects based on collaborative research involving the College community and beyond.
SciRIS awards seed funding for high impact collaborative proposals that build teams, pursue fundamental discoveries, and create societal impact.
SciRIS accelerates the pace of research, discovery, and innovation by enabling scientists to work across an array of disciplines in a mentored environment. SciRIS has a unique purpose focused on profound rewards.
SciRIS specifically seeks to
- Identify transformative research and innovation opportunities
- Inspire research collaborations
- Encourage team assembly
- Develop track record of collaboration
- Enable data collection
- Promote training in innovation, commercialization, and informal science education
SciRIS funds teams in three stages to foster team development, build capacity, and accelerate projects. An advisory team accompanies each award to help guide success.
SciRIS investments make faculty much more competitive for grants by providing College researchers with the seed funding necessary to demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas and quicken the pace of scientific discovery and innovation.
- Dynamic and Impactful Teams
- Broad Engagement
- Transformative Discoveries
- Groundbreaking Publications
- Team and Center Proposals and Grants
- Policy Guidance
- Innovation and Commercialization Efforts
- Industry Collaborations
Learn more about the three seed programs
- SciRIS (Stages 1-3) - awards seed funding for high impact collaborative proposals that build teams, pursue fundamental discoveries, and create societal impact (deadlines in April, July)
- SciRIS-ii (individual investigator) - funds individual faculty who seek to establish or augment research relationships with external partners (deadline in December)
- The Betty Wang Discovery Fund - supports College faculty by maintaining state-of-the-art laboratories to advance fundamental discoveries in the basic sciences (deadline in December)