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The Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Program seeks to encourage the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty pilot projects that engage at least two disciplines and cross institutional lines.  The goal of this program is to establish collaborative research efforts that will likely result in competitive research proposals to federal and foundation granting agencies.

Any Tufts faculty active in scholarship, research, and/or creative works with a primary appointment at a University school or unit is eligible to apply to the Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Program.  While Tufts faculty members with a primary appointment at the Medical Center and a secondary appointment at a University school or unit are encouraged to serve as collaborators, the lead principal investigator on a grant application must be a Tufts University employee.  Faculty members who have served as principal investigator on a Tufts Collaborates award within the past 2 years will not be eligible to submit a proposal as lead investigator for the upcoming round of funding.  However, these faculty members may serve as a collaborator on other proposals.

Seed grant awards are expected to range from $500 to $50,000. Funding decisions are made through a peer review process including faculty and administrative staff, and based on several criteria, including degree of innovation and collaboration, potential for external funding, likelihood for sustainability and impact, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks.

Request for Proposals

The deadline for 2019-2020 proposals has passed. Please check back in Fall of 2019 for the next round of funding.

Click here to view previous Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant recipients.

Please contact collaborates@tufts.edu with any questions.

2019-2020 Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Recipients

Agrosocial Resilience in Coffee Supply Chains: Assessing support for Climate-Smart Adaptations

Principal Investigator: Sean Cash, Friedman School


The Health and Housing (H&H) Study: Capitalizing on a Natural Experiment to Understand Social Determinants and the Health and Wellbeing of Low-Income Families in Boston's Chinatown

Principal Investigator: Virginia Chomitz, School of Medicine


Bridging Difference: Assessing the Effectiveness of Dialogue to Create Understanding and Support Learning on Polarizing Science Issues

Principal Investigator: Jonathan Garlick, School of Dental Medicine


Infant Feeding and Early Childhood Adiposity: Identifying Targets for Future Intervention

Principal Investigator: Erin Hennessey, Friedman School


Estimating Individual Treatment Effects from Randomized Clinical Trials using Machine Learning

Principal Investigator: Michael Hughes, School of Engineering


Decoding the Complexity of Commuting Networks in the United States

Principal Investigator: Shan Jiang, School of Arts & Sciences


In Their Presence: Displaying Human Remains

Principal Investigator: Diane O'Donoghue, Tisch College of Civic Life


Dissecting the Role of Bioelectricity in Cancer Metastasis

Principal Investigator: Madeleine Oudin, School of Engineering


Harnessing Bacterial Enzymes to Study the Mammalian Phosphoproteome

Principal Investigator: Rebecca Scheck, School of Arts & Sciences


Dissecting a Novel HCN-MegF8-BMP Signaling Pathway Encoding Left-Right Laterality and Development

Principal Investigator: Nian Shi, School of Medicine


Study of the Effects of Autophagic Flux and Apoptosis on Extracellular Vesicle-Associated microRNA Expression in Canine Cardiomyocyte using Novel ADN Imaging

Principal Investigator: Vicky Yang, Cummings School