Seed Grant Program

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The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) Seed Grant Program announces a new round of seed grants for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Seed Grant Program provides grants of up to $15K for graduate student support and other expenses associated with promising research at the intersection of statistics and the social sciences. The goal is to stimulate scholarly initiative by encouraging faculty to explore new directions in research and scholarship that contributes to the development of cutting edge statistical methods for social scientific problems. Although we encourage collaborative research across disciplines, particularly between statisticians and social scientists, such collaboration is not a formal requirement of the program.

We are particularly interested in projects that show a high probability of receiving extramural funding. Thus, funds will typically be used to support pilot studies, feasibility studies, or preliminary research that initiates a larger line of research. A condition of accepting seed grant funding is that subsequent extramural grants that derive from seed grant funding will be administered through CSSS. Seed grant recipients who submit a grant through CSSS within one year of their seed grant award will be eligible for up to $10K of additional support for related research activities.


Any member of the University of Washington community holding a title that makes them eligible to serve as a principal investigator (PI) is invited to submit a seed grant proposal.

Instructions and Forms:


The deadline for CSSS Seed Grant proposals is January 26, 2015. Awards will be announced in early March 2015.


Questions on preparing seed grant proposals should be addressed to:

Katherine Stovel
CSSS Director
Associate Professor of Sociology