Seed Grants

One of the goals of the UCCS Center of the BioFrontiers Institute is to encourage significant scientific research in the general areas of biology, bio-chemistry, bio-related technology, bio-related modeling and computation. To enable this, we will award a small number of internal grants within UCCS as investments to encourage and promote high quality research. These awards will be made on a competitive basis, and are open to tenured and tenure-track faculty working in the general area of bio-science and bio-technology. The objectives of this investment program are, primarily, to promote research excellence, to promote multidisciplinary approaches, and to assist faculty members in becoming nationally competitive when seeking funding from sources external to UCCS.


We are pleased to announce our 2016 UCCS BioFrontiers Seed Grant Winner!

Charles C. Benight, Professor, Department of Psychology. "Biopsychosocial Self-Regulatory Process Involving DNA Methylation of NR3C1 and Self-Efficacy Among Motor Vehicle Accident Survivors."

The proposals submitted under this funding program will be evaluated by a BioFrontiers committee which will be composed of faculty representatives from science and technology related disciplines. This committee will select awardees in accordance with the eligibility and evaluation criteria specified below. The funds will be made available to awardees after June 1, 2016.


To be eligible to receive a BioFrontiers award, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Applicants must be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members resident at UCCS. Newly hired faculty members who have not yet begun employment are not eligible. Faculty serving on the evaluation committee are not eligible for grants, nor can they serve as paid consultants on BioFrontiers grants.
  2. Faculty may submit only one BioFrontiers proposal per year, either as principal investigator or co-principal investigator.
  3. Awards will be limited to a maximum of $25,000. The Committee may modify the budget (e.g., reduce the amount requested). In that event, the award will be subject to the proposer's acceptance of the modified budget.
  4. The committee wishes to encourage new projects. Faculty will not be funded for more than two consecutive years.


BioFrontiers proposals and awards must meet the following conditions:

  1. Off-loads can be supported and will be at the current honorarium rate for each applicant's college. The funds used for offloads cannot exceed a total of $5,000. Please contact your department manager to coordinate the offload funding. BioFrontiers will only provide a speedtype number, but is not responsible for arranging offloads.
  2. Proposals with summer stipends will be considered, but applicants should include benefits for faculty and student salaries as for normal grants. As with all expenditures connected with the award, summer stipends cannot be used before June 1 in the year the grant is awarded. Stipend money may not be carried over past the following May 31.
  3. Unused funds will not normally be carried forward into the next fiscal year, but will be recovered and put back into the fund for the next year's awards. In exceptional circumstances, awardees may petition the BioFrontiers Director for approval to roll forward funds for no more than one year.
  4. Proposal contents must be clear to the intelligent lay person. This is absolutely essential for thorough consideration of proposals by the Committee, which consists of faculty representatives from the science and technology disciplines on campus.
  5. Travel requests must be justified in terms of achieving the goals of the proposed project. Attendance at conferences typically will not qualify, whereas travel to collect data would be eligible.
  6. Requests for computer equipment, software, or peripherals must include a justification as to why these cannot be purchased with college/department funds, or from services on campus or elsewhere.
  7. Projects fully-funded from another source will not be funded. With suitable justification, projects which are partially-funded from another source may qualify for supplemental funding with BioFrontiers money.
  8. Successful applicants must submit a significant paper and a proposal for substantial external funding through our Office of Sponsored Programs within two years from the BioFrontiers award date. They must also send a copy of the paper and the proposal to the BioFrontiers Center at UCCS. At the suggestion of the Chancellor, the BioFrontiers Center will comment on the appropriateness of the paper and proposal (it is not a technical review) and forward this comment to be used as part of the salary evaluation.
  9. Funding is for research-standard curricular (teaching) development or materials will not be funded.

Finally, grants prepared under this support may have the ICR treated differently. This is done to help allow continuation of this seed grant funding in the future. When proposals are turned into the Office of Sponsored Programs, one should mark YES on the check box (currently question 14) for "Have any agreements been made between colleges/units to distribute indirect cost return (ICR) different than the standard UCCS Policy?" Additional information on this can be obtained from the BioFrontiers Center.


The awards will be based on the merits of the proposal, based on the following criteria:

  1. Primary Criteria
    1. Clarity and comprehensibility of the proposal.
    2. Scholarly and/or applied significance of the project. What does this research contribute to the body of knowledge in the discipline that is not already known? What impact will the research produce?
    3. Feasibility of achieving project goals, including appropriate and clearly defined methods. What research design will be used to address the research questions?
    4. Likelihood that the project outcomes will be appropriately disseminated (e.g., through publication in high impact refereed journals).
    5. Identification of a potential source of funds for supporting continued research or creative work. The proposal must identify a candidate funding source, e.g., private foundation or government agency, with details on proposal submission, including deadlines for applying.
    6. Likelihood that the project will lead to substantial funding from external sources in the future
  2. Secondary Criteria
    1. If the qualities of research grants are equal, proposals for summer stipends (only) will receive lower priority.
    2. Research that involves students (especially funding for students) will receive higher priority than those which do not.
    3. If the qualities of research grants are equal, multidisciplinary proposals will receive higher priority.

If the proposal is experimental in nature, use of the equipment housed in the BioFrontiers Center is encouraged. This will be done in accordance with current policies and fees for internal users.


Electronic submissions of the complete proposal must be uploaded by midnight on April 1, 2015. Awards will be announced on or about May 1, 2015. Funds awarded are to be used from June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016.


  1. Save your proposal as either a Word or pdf file, using your last name as the filename
  2. Send the file as an attachment to You will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week.


All budget requests should be detailed and itemized as precisely as possible in terms of the following types of categories: travel expenses, equipment, supplies, principal researcher's stipend, student assistant salaries, and fees. All budget requests are examined carefully by the committee and the committee reserves the right to determine the final budget.


  1. Awardees will be responsible for the accounting of grant expenditures. Each awardee will have signature authority on his/her grant account. Each awardee will be responsible for her/his own purchasing and for any over-expenditure on the account. The BioFrontiers Center retains the right to freeze or close an account in case of over-expenditure or other fiscal irregularity.


The proposals should contain the following sections, with the specified length restrictions. Project descriptions exceeding four (4) pages and/or 1,200 words in Section II will be INELIGIBLE.

  • I. COVER PAGE (one page). The cover page is provided in a standard format and is included as the last page here. (Substituting your own that contains the same information, if that is more convenient, is acceptable.)
  • II. DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED RESEARCH (four pages and/or 1,200 words). The description of the work to be accomplished must be intelligible to readers in other disciplines. The text shouldn't include undefined jargon. The text must be double spaced with a font size large enough to read easily (minimum 12 point). The four page, 1,200 word limit in Section II, including all text, tables, and figures, will be enforced.
  • III. BIBLIOGRAPHY (one page). Include a bibliography for the description in section II, if appropriate.
  • IV. BUDGET REQUEST (one page). Provide sufficient detail to allow the committee to ascertain how funds will be expended.
  • V. POTENTIAL SOURCES OF EXTERNAL FUNDING FOR CONTINUED WORK (one page). Include information about at least one grant or contract opportunity through which the proposer can seek future funding for either a follow-on to the project described in this proposal, or for similar work. The information should include the funding entity's name (can be a private or governmental body), a single paragraph summary of the funding program or opportunity, and deadlines for submission. If a proposer needs assistance in identifying a potential source for external funding, he or she is encouraged to contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • VII. LIST OF GRANT PROPOSALS SUBMITTED AND EXTERNAL SUPPORT RECEIVED IN THE PAST THREE YEARS (one page). Include the funding agency, amount, and title for each project.

Must contain a list of 5 of the proposer's publications most closely related to the proposed research.