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Seed Grants

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EEB’s Seed Grant Program aims to support our faculty as they develop external research proposals. The seed grant program prioritizes projects that bring together new ideas and collaborations. Core EEB faculty are eligible to submit seed grant proposals with a maximum request of $20k per project.

The 2023-2024 call for funding provides additional information on the application process. The deadline for FY23 proposals is Wednesday, March 1, with a target dissemination of funds to selected projects in April.

Proposals may also be considered off-cycle if external deadlines necessitate a different timeline. Questions can be directed to the committee co-chairs: Lars Brudvig and Catherine Lindell.

Congrats to the EEB faculty members awarded funding in the 2022-2023 academic year!


2021-2022 Funded Projects


Lead PI


*Empowering stakeholders from ship to store--solving fishery management challenges with use-inspired genomic and artificial intelligence tools Mariah Meek Integrative Biology
**Co-phylogenetic inference and learning: New algorithmic techniques and an applied study of bioluminescent cephalopod symbioses Kevin Liu Computer Science and Engineering
Identifying how belowground microbial communities change across time and space after wildfire Jessica Miesel Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
*What makes a virus pathogenic? Using machine learning to distinguish genomic signatures of virulence in crop and wild viruses Carolyn Malmstrom Plant Biology
**Rules of polyploid life – Evolution of the vertebrate nervous system by genome duplications Ingo Braasch Integrative Biology
Mapping phenology and above ground biomass in an African savanna Kyla Dahlin Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
**Leveraging genomic data to increase adaptive potential for the endangered Mitchell's satyr butterfly Sarah Fitzpatrick

KBS and Integrative Biology

*Project co-sponsored by MSU AgBioResearch.

**Project co-sponsored by MSU BEACON


2020-2021 Funded Projects


Lead PI


Integrating biodiversity sciences across scales Kendra Cheruvelil  Fisheries and Wildlife
Mechanisms to prevent cheating in a newt-microbe symbiosis Heather Eisthen Integrative Biology
Identifying the genetic basis of adaptive flagellar loss in mormyrid electric fish Jason Gallant Integrative Biology
The Conservation Genetics Coalition: Building international capacity in applied genetics Mariah Meek Integrative Biology
*Unraveling growth-defense interactions across biological scales using grapes Marjorie Weber Plant Biology
Herbivory Variability Network: Quantifying plant-herbivore interactions Will Wetzel


*Project co-sponsored by MSU AgBioResearch.