Tufts University fosters collaborations and innovation in scholarship, research, teaching and learning. In support of this effort, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to offer two seed grant programs: Tufts Collaborates!, which encourages the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty projects, and Tufts Innovates!, which seeks to spark imaginative ideas to enhance learning and teaching.
The Tufts Collaborates! seed grant program seeks to encourage the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty pilot projects that engage at least two disciplines and cross institutional lines. The goal of this program is to establish collaborative research efforts that will likely result in competitive research proposals to federal and foundation granting agencies.
Any Tufts faculty active in scholarship, research, and/or creative works with a primary appointment at a University school or unit is eligible to apply to the Tufts Collaborates! seed grant program. Seed grant awards are expected to range from $500 to $50,000. Funding decisions are through a peer review process including faculty and administrative staff, and based on several criteria, including degree of innovation and collaboration, potential for external funding, likelihood for sustainability and impact, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks.