SEEDS: The CFAES Research Enhancement Competitive Grants Program is funded by appropriations made to The Ohio State University. The goal of SEEDS is to foster research excellence among scientists and faculty in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Each year, CFAES researchers are invited to participate in the SEEDS program, an internal competition for funding. Since the program was established in 1996, SEEDS has been addressing the challenges and opportunities of Ohio’s agbioscience industry. By fostering high-quality research among scientists, SEEDS enables these scientists to collect the preliminary data needed to give them a competitive edge in national programs and provides them with leverage to attract industry support.

In total, SEEDS grants have supported research projects of $24,762,327 and have received more than $145,583,880 in matching and extramural funding since 1998 – a return of $5.88 for each dollar invested. Overall, the SEEDS program funds 32% of faculty submitted applications.

There are several competition categories which address the following objectives:

  • Enhance and encourage creative and innovative research.
  • Increase the competitiveness of scientists in extramural grant programs.
  • Encourage partnerships with private industry and other stakeholders.
  • Encourage the development of interdisciplinary teams.
  • Encourage international collaboration.
  • Provide undergraduate students with research experience.
  • Provide graduate students with the opportunity to take part in the grant writing and review process.

Contact the SEEDS Coordinator
Melissa Burant