Mini Seed Grants for Project Development


PDHP Mini Seed Grants for Project Development are intended for researchers who are developing projects that are externally funded or are likely to lead to external funding and are in need of relatively small-scale support. Examples of appropriate uses include purchasing proprietary data, obtaining specialized software, hiring a temporary research assistant, taking a class/workshop to learn methodological skills required for the project, or support for reviewing/editing a manuscript.


This program is restricted to PDHP Faculty Affiliates, with priority given to early stage investigators and those without another active PDHP small grant award. These mini seed grant funds can be used to support the work of doctoral students under the supervision of a PDHP Faculty Affiliate. To become a PDHP faculty affiliate, please visit

The PI will be required to submit a final report at the end of the period of research.

Funds Available

We expect to fund 4-6 awards of up to $3,000 (direct costs only) each.

Application and Submission

Applications should be submitted via the PDHP website. A complete application includes the following components:

  1. A Mini Seed Grant application form (below)
  2. A brief description of the request for funding, no more than two pages long (11 pt. Times New Roman or Arial font; margins of at least ½ inch)

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, applying the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated need
  • Likely scientific contribution from the research
  • Potential for the proposed work to lead to new proposals for external funding