Notre Dame - Durham University Seed Grant Program Application Deadline


In order to deepen research collaboration with an esteemed international partner and to promote the development of joint applications for large external grants, Notre Dame (ND) and Durham University, (DU), UK are launching a pilot program entitled the ND-DU Seed Grant Program. Through this jointly funded, jointly advertised program both institutions are inviting proposals for joint research projects with the potential to both achieve international recognition and to generate continued external research funds for both partners. Project selection for the Seed Grant Program will be competitive and made jointly by ND and DU.

At the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame International and Notre Dame Research are partnering to support this joint initiative with Durham University. 

Funding and Awards

  • Awards up to $27,000 will be made for each joint research project
  • It is anticipated that there will be 4 awards
  • The funding will be available for joint research projects of between 12 months to 24 months duration
  • The ND-DU Seed Grant projects can run anytime during the period from April 2022 to April 2024 

Eligibility at Notre Dame

  • Regular full-time faculty of the University of Notre Dame. Projects which include postgraduate students are welcomed.

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building and supporting a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage proposal applications from female and minority candidates.

Criteria and Outcomes

Proposals in all disciplines will be accepted. Proposals, however, related to the following key areas are particularly welcomed:

  • Climate Change
  • Solar Energy
  • Tropical Diseases

It is expected that the Seed Grant funding will lead to an application for external funding and the proposal should therefore address the following:

  • The anticipated external funding body
  • The anticipated value of the current grant application and anticipated research output to that external funding application
  • Timeframe for submission to that external funding body

Plans for international dissemination of the research output should be outlined in the proposal.

Proposals should be in keeping with the strategic plans of both institutions:

University of Notre Dame Strategic Plan

Durham University Strategic Plan


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