2020-21 Faculty Seed Grant

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge offers one-year seed grants to faculty at the University of Chicago interested in pursuing research connected to the Institute's focus of knowledge-formation. This includes but is not limited to research in connection with SIFK’s 2020-2022 research theme of artificial intelligence. Applicants are welcome to collaborate with resident graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in investigating approaches, methodologies, and outcomes of this research agenda. The seed grant of $5,000 is intended to allow a first step into an area of research that may or may not lead to an application for the larger faculty research grant the following year. It can be used for help with research assistants, material expenses, trips to archives, or other expenses associated with developing a new research idea.

Faculty receiving seed grants would be asked to submit a 1,000-word summary of their findings at the end of the year, write a post for the SIFK blog about their research, participate in the Institute workshop series on Cultures and Knowledge, and present their research in one of the workshop sessions. 

To submit your application, please fill out this form and upload (1) a one-page explanation of your seed idea, (2) an up-to-date c.v. and (3) a proposed budget for the use of the $5,000.

Applications for the 2020-21 academic year open in November. The deadline for submitting applications via the web portal is March 2, 2020. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Recipients of the Faculty Seed Grant will be announced by late April. Please send any questions to sifk-apps@uchicago.edu.