ResearchNews

09.4.2020

OVPR Launches New FY21 Bioscience Research Seed Grants

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is introducing two new research seed grants for the 2021 fiscal year to support university-industry collaboration in the Digital and Precision Agriculture and Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics bioscience platforms.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority and Governor Kim Reynolds have identified four bioscience platforms as key growth engines for Iowa’s economy. Iowa State is uniquely positioned to provide innovation leadership in three: Digital and Precision Agriculture and Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, as well as Biobased Products. Iowa State is working in partnership with the Iowa Innovation Corporation to establish nationally renowned innovation ecosystems in these Iowa-advantaged bioscience platforms, foster commercialization of new technologies and help the state continue to grow and diversify its economy.

The FY21 seed grants are similar to those the OVPR launched in the 2020 fiscal year to support the Biobased Products and Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics platforms. The university has earmarked $300,000 each for both the Digital and Precision Agriculture and Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics platforms for university-industry research projects for this fiscal year. Projects are generally for six months with a maximum funding limit of $50,000 per project.

Proposals for both categories must be submitted by October 15, 2020. The RFP for the Digital and Precision Agriculture seed grant opportunity is available here, while the RFP for Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics is available here.

“These seed grants play a critical role in bringing the thought leaders in our research faculty together with key industry partners within our state,” said Guru Rao, interim vice president for research. “The result of these efforts is the exploration and development of novel innovations and solutions that benefit society, while also contributing to the growth of Iowa’s economy.”