“Supporting Innovative New Faculty Research”

Chapman University’s Office of Research is excited to announce the new Research Seed Fund which provides competitive, merit-based support for short-term projects as described below. TheseSee growing projects are intended to support Chapman University faculty in the development of new and innovative research, with the goal to:

  • Provide faculty with opportunities to catalyze new and innovative areas of research.
  • Expand the base of research that is competitive for major, multi-year extramural funding.

The intent of the fund is to support activities where the outcome is the development of a new line of research for faculty that leads to the submission of requests for extramural funding. Awards are for a maximum of $20,000 and a period of 12 months. All full-time tenure-track/tenured faculty with active research programs are eligible to apply for this fund.  Involvement of graduate students and/or undergraduates is encouraged.


  • December 2021 – Release announcement
  • February 11, 2022 (5PM) – Applications due
  • April 2022 – Funding decisions
  • June 1, 2022 – Release of funds


Any full-time tenure track Chapman University faculty member can apply. A faculty member is permitted to submit only one application each cycle as Principal Investigator to either the Research Seed Fund or Scholarly Creative Fund. Current and immediate past recipients (i.e. those with Faculty Opportunity Fund awards from the 2020 or 2021 cycles) are not eligible to apply this cycle. This fund does not support applications for the creation of new courses or for the development of professional conferences or meetings.

Amount and Duration of Awards:

Awards are for up to $20,000 for a period of 12 months.  No carry-over of funds will be allowed.


Go to the Internal Awards website link for application information and submission portal.

Applications are due by 5PM on February 11th, 2022.  Late applications or applications that do not follow the formatting guidelines (including biographies) will be administratively withdrawn. We encourage applicants to submit at least 2 days prior to the deadline to allow time for the Office of Research to check applications for completeness/adherence to guidelines and for the applicant to make any necessary adjustments. Applications received within 48 hours of the deadline will not be guaranteed a pre-review for completeness.