Catalyst and Seed Awards

Dean Fuentes and the College are pleased to announce the Seed and Catalyst Awards program will be available to faculty again this year. The Scholarship Catalyst and Seed Awards are meant to foster research and scholarship in all fields across the College and are open to full-time CHS faculty. The program includes Catalyst Awards (up to $20K) and Seed Awards (up to $5K). Please note the timeline for the awards is not the same as last year. Both Seed and Catalyst awards are being solicited in the fall semester (proposals due no later than October 15). The program is established specifically to foster the development of successful grant proposals and/or nationally or internationally peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative works.

The College is the intellectual heart of VCU. Our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections on what it means to be human and humane. Research and scholarly activity is an integral part of the education of our students and a key part of our mission. This program provides funding to support all forms of research and scholarship, with an emphasis on pilot studies that form the basis of an extramural funding application, new research/scholarship directions for established faculty scholars and funds to bring nearly completed projects to fruition.

Full details including the application process and eligibility requirements are provided in the RFP (see link below) and RAMS-SPOT.

Seed and Catalyst Award recipients from the 2017-2018 competition are not eligible to apply this year. Faculty may not simultaneously hold more than one form of College-supported research/scholarly activity funding: PeRQ, Catalyst Awards, Seed Awards or start-up funds.

Applications are due October 15, 2018, by 5:00 P.M.

The proposals are brief and will be submitted to RAMS-SPOT. Click on internal opportunities and search for OP00000168 (Catalyst Award) and/or OP00000169 (Seed Award).

If you have questions about submitting through RAMS-SPOT please email Devin Bowers at

The full RFP is available here.