Seed Grants

CHAS Seed Grant Program

The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the School of Social Service Administration is proud to offer our Seed Grant program. This program aims to support promising health services and policy research projects at the University of Chicago by providing modest research funding for a limited time (usually two years) to enable eligible investigators to explore the feasibility of a concept related to the mission of the Center and generate sufficient data to pursue it through other funding mechanisms. The purpose of the Seed program is to facilitate research not presently funded by extramural sources, while laying the foundations for larger-scale research projects that may be competitive for such extramural funding. CHAS seeks to fund projects that display sound research design with high potential impact on health services and policies affecting the disadvantaged.


Seed Application Due April 30
Proposals Reviewed / Award Announced Early June
Award Funding / Account Start Date July 1 (annually)
Award Funding / Account End Date 24 months after the project start date (June 30)
Final Report Due 30 days following end date
Davis Lecture Presentations FALL SERIES: October - November

Eligibility Criteria

All eligible investigators must be independent investigators at The University of Chicago and faculty appointments are required. Postdoctoral fellows, or their staff equivalent, are not eligible. Each study grant proposal should state clearly the justification for eligibility of the investigator under one of the above three criteria. Although the lead investigator must be affiliated with The University of Chicago as a faculty member appointee, consultants may be drawn upon from other institutions. Priority is given to junior investigators and to those lacking other “pilot and feasibility” type support from the University of Chicago.

Annually, CHAS anticipates funding no more than three projects with an upper budget range of $20,000-$30,000, depending on merit. Indirect costs will not be covered. Projects are to be conducted over a 24-month period beginning in July. Seed award recipients will provide a written final report within 30 days of the project end date. Final reports will be due by January 31st, two years and one month after start date. A presentation about the funded seed project will also be expected from each award recipient, either during or subsequent to the funding period. Furthermore, all investigators will also be expected to attend/participate in the CHAS Davis lecture series on Tuesdays from 12 – 1:20 p.m. during the duration of the project period. After completion of the Seed award project period, all award recipients are strongly encouraged to become an active participant in future CHAS-sponsored seminar series, events and collaborations.

Review Criteria

A panel appointed by the CHAS Director will review applications. The review panel, consisting of senior faculty at the University of Chicago and investigators at other institutions with pertinent expertise, will conduct reviews and awards will be announced in early June. Applications will be rated based on: relevance to mission of CHAS, importance of research question, scientific merit, feasibility of the research plan in the time allotted originality, and the contribution of “seed” funding to the pursuit of additional funding.

Reviewers will be asked to give priority to projects that:

  • Develop innovative areas of inquiry.
  • Facilitate research of junior investigators and trainees.
  • Increase involvement of established faculty who have worked outside traditional health areas.
  • Provide novel sources of primary data or the collection of pilot data.

A proposed project should present a testable hypothesis and clearly delineate the question being asked, detail the procedures and approaches to be followed, and discuss how the data will be analyzed. Projects should be focused, since funding for these studies is modest (typically $20,000 or less in direct costs per year per project) and is usually limited to two years or less. Any one investigator is eligible only once for this support, unless the additional proposed project constitutes a real departure from his/her ongoing research. The cost and economy of the proposed project will also be considered.


Please apply online through the University of Chicago Funding Portal. Once on the portal website, you will need to log-in or create an account. Within the portal, you should be given a list of funding opportunities for which you are eligible. Locate the CHAS Seed Grant link and click the green button to the side of it that reads "Create Application". If no green button appears, please come back when the application is open as listed on the portal.

Reminder: proposals should be substantively different from any previous year's proposal to the CHAS seed program. Questions or concerns can be sent to