COS Research and Innovation Seed Program - SciRIS-ii

The College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS) Program - SciRIS-ii funds individual faculty who seek to establish or augment research relationships with external partners. Such partners may include OSU units outside COS, academic institutions, industry, and other organizations.  SciRIS-ii provide funds to establish partnerships, accelerate project development, generate data and manuscripts, and foster proposal submissions. 

SciRIS-ii has a unique purpose focused on assisting individual faculty efforts to establish research relationships with external partners. 


SciRIS-ii specifically seeks to

  • Identify transformative research opportunities
  • Cultivate external engagements
  • Cultivate ideas that strengthen the research & innovation enterprise 

SciRIS-ii funds enable individual PIs to build and solidify relationships with research organizations external to the College. 


SciRIS-ii investments make faculty much more competitive for grants by providing them with the seed funding necessary to build bridges, demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas, and quicken the pace of scientific discovery. 

  • Partner Engagement
  • Transformative Discoveries
  • Groundbreaking Publications
  • New Proposal Submissions


SciRIS - ii Guidelines

Award: $10,000

Terms: Funds must be expended within one year of award date.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Science

Proposal deadline

December 15, 2018 and annually thereafter.

If the 15th falls on a weekend, the proposals will be due the next business day.

Proposal Guidelines and Reporting

The project description is limited to two pages. It should include the following sections: 

  • Vision addressing originality of idea and transformative potential of research
  • Description of external partnership
  • Project Plan
  • Budget
  • Anticipated outcomes, e.g., manuscript, proposal submission, subaward, . . . 

 Append 2-page biographical sketch of PI to the project description.

Awardee must submit a report describing how the award contributed to advancing a partnership toward concrete outcomes. The report is due within one year of the award date.

Submission process

Email one combined pdf to by the deadline.

Proposal review criteria
  • How original is the proposed idea? Does the research challenge current understanding? What is the transformative potential of the proposed work? Does the research open pathways to new frontiers of science? 
  • What is the potential of the work to advance knowledge both within a discipline and across disciplines? 
  • What is the potential for a tangible outcome? What is the potential to strengthen an external relationship via additional extramural funding?
 Cost sharing

Cost sharing is not required.

Learn more about
  • 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 Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund - supports research into the mechanism, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of (human) disease (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)

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