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Seed Grants

The Data Science Academy's data science seed grant program develops new collaborations between NC State data science methods and applications researchers.

Our data science seed grant program is developed in collaboration with the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI). The goal of the data science seed grant program is to increase interdisciplinary data science research at NC State through activities such as: 

  • Building and strengthening interdisciplinary networks among NC State researchers with common interests that have a data science component. 
  • Funding researchers to organize workshops and other events that spark new interdisciplinary collaborations and proposal submissions.
  • Advancing accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion in data science.
  • Supporting proposal submission by connecting seed grant recipients with ORI/PDU resources and providing grant ideation support from the DSA.

Our seed grant program is coordinated by Katie Conyers.

2022 Award Cycle

The 2022 award cycle was open for applications from April 19 – May 20, 2022. The request for proposals (RFP) information is available below for reference.

Award Details

The DSA anticipated making 5-10 awards in the range of $20,000 – $50,000. 

Allowable Activities 

The DSA invited applicants to submit proposals for a variety of activities that support interdisciplinary data science research efforts, including but not limited to: 

  • Hiring a common graduate or undergraduate student.
  • Research-focused workshops or seminar series.
  • Proposal ideation workshops.
  • Travel in support of research or proposal writing.
  • Speaker honoraria and travel expenses.

If you would like to propose another activity, please contact Katie Conyers, Grants Coordinator, to discuss your project and determine eligibility. 

Period of Performance

Funding will support projects initiated in either Summer or Fall 2022. All awarded funds must be expended by June 1, 2023. 


Successful proposals will demonstrate how the project aims to advance data science research, builds interdisciplinarity in data science research, and promotes accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful applicants will receive a notice of award in Summer 2022. 

Submission Requirements

A complete application includes the following materials: 

  • Proposal cover page (see template), which includes a synopsis (200 words max).
  • Proposal (up to 3 pages; see grant application form).
  • References.
  • Biosketches for each co-PI (up to 1 page each).

In the 3-page proposal, applicants must:

  1. Explain the significance of the work, including connection to data science, goals, outcomes and metrics for success.
  2. Provide a statement on accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion.
  3. Explain each team member’s role and provide a brief description of any previous or planned collaborations.
  4. Explain how the work will be conducted in an interdisciplinary way.
  5. Describe previous or planned proposal writing.
  6. Explain how the project has strong potential for future funding.
  7. Provide a budget and budget justification for how funds will be used.