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Competing for large-scale, center-level grants (e.g., MRSEC, EFRC, etc.) requires a compelling research program, a cohesive multidisciplinary team, and well-crafted proposals. To this end, this year’s CRĀSI seed grant program seeks to provide three multi-investigator teams with the financial resources needed to enhance their competitiveness for center-level grants. Successful PIs will develop an initial idea into a viable research plan, build the necessary team, and compile a detailed, 5-page white paper that can be utilized in future funding competitions. Research themes must be broadly within the scope of CRĀSI; that is, they should be related to and include fundamental scientific questions pertaining to surfaces and interfaces.

Proposals should be submitted electronically through the submission form by September 21, 2018. Proposals must contain:

  • A separate cover page should indicate the seed proposal title and names and affiliations of the initial team of investigators. The initial team should not exceed 3 members and must consist of at least two CRĀSI PIs; however, it is expected that the team will be expanded as necessary over the course of the seed project.
  • A two-page description of the anticipated research, possible team members (both internally and externally), and target proposal calls.
  • A one-page budget, not to exceed $10,000, should also be provided.

Funds may be used to support proposal preparation (including graphic design), travel, and, in well-justified circumstances, student salary and materials and supplies. Travel to support discussions with external collaborators and/or to visit program managers is encouraged. Final white papers must be submitted by May 30, 2019. In addition, a summary of efforts to date and next steps will be presented at an Odyssey of the Mind Forum in summer 2019.

Seed grants will be announced by October 26, 2018. Funds must be expended by May 30, 2019. Complete submission here.


Previous CRĀSI Seed Grant Recipients: 

Building a Competitive Team: Science of Active Matter through Directional Control of Fundamental Particle Interactions

Team led by Carson Meredith (CHBE) and included Sven Behrens (CHBE), Elizabeth Matsumoto (PHYS)


Biofilm Stabilized Cylindrical and Toroidal Air Bubbles: Materials Science & Engineering Applications

Team led by Paul Russo (MSE) and included Jerry Qi (MSE)


Novel Topological States of Disordered Surfaces and Interfaces

Team led by Zeb Rocklin (PHYS) and included Philip First (PHYS)