Global Incubator Seed Grants Fund 
Amount: $10,000 – $25,000 
Deadline: July 1, 2021 

Does my international collaborator need to be from a McDonnell Academy partner institution? 

No, projects involving any international collaborator will be considered. However, preference will be given to projects that include faculty from McDonnell Academy partner institutions as well as to projects that involve collaborations in Africa or Latin America. 

What should my budget include? 

Funding will be provided for items essential to conduct the project. Allowable expenses include, participant’s incentives, IRB applications, consultation fees, travel to and from a collaborating institution, lodging and meals for PI/Co-PIs and supplies. 

  • We discourage faculty from putting their salary/allocation on the proposal. 
  • The expectation is that the funds should stay at WashU. Payment to other institutions should be through a subaward or agreement. 
  • Indirect costs should generally be limited to 10%. 
  • We reserve the right to modify budgets or deny funds for certain expense types if they do not meet university policies. 

How will projects be evaluated? 

Applications will be assessed based on: (a) the project’s significance and potential impact; (b) collaborative approach; (c) ability to secure next-stage funding; (d) clarity and completeness.

What is the timeline for the current application cycle? 

  • Deadline to apply: July 1st, 2021
  • Decisions expected: late August, 2021
  • Project start date: October 1st, 2021 

Do I need to include a letter of support from my international collaborator? 

A letter of support from your international collaborator is not required but recommended as evidence of the agreed upon collaboration. If you provide one, it will be considered as part of your application. 

Should I provide a bibliography, and will it count towards the word limit? 

A bibliography is not required. If you include one, it will not count towards the word limit. 

Do I need to submit biosketches for all investigators? 

No, but all collaborators must be clearly identified with the following information: name, title, institution, terminal degree and field of study, and email. Additional details about your collaborator’s expertise relevant to the project can be provided in the description. 

Does my project need to be completed within 1 year? 

This grant’s duration is 1 year and non-renewable. You will be expected to report on progress at the end of the year. Your stated aims should be feasible to accomplish within this timeframe. Adjustments in the timeframe due to the Covid-19 pandemic or other factors may be made with prior approval. To continue the work beyond the pilot grant period, you will need to secure funding from other sources. 

Can I submit multiple applications? 

Yes, you can be a co-PI on multiple applications, provided that the projects are sufficiently different.