Seed grants focused on human health and the environment are available to Penn State faculty members and researchers. Pilot projects that exhibit innovative approaches to significant problems related to human health and the environment are encouraged to be submitted.

RFP Updated

The Human Health and the Environment Seed Grant RFP was reissued on February 10, 2017 to clarify the Eligibility requirements and Submission Instructions.
Download the Revised RFP here


On Monday, February 6, there will be a pre-proposal webinar to help answer questions about the process.

The presentation delivered at the webinar is available here.

Recording of the webinar is available here


The request for proposals is being sponsored by:

With such a wide variety of sponsoring Penn State units, proposals may range in topic, including:

  • •  Environmental impacts on human health
  • •  Environment-cancer linkages
  • •  The use of sensors or other devices to capture environmental influences on human health
  • •  Population variations in environmental exposures and their impacts on human health
  • •  The role of human behavior in health-relevant environmental exposures


At least $400,000 of funding is available, with an average range from $25,000 to $50,000 for each project. However, for certain high-risk, high-reward proposals that are related to the mission of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, additional funds may be available.

Successful proposals should aim to build collaborations involving new interdisciplinary research teams whose research is aimed at attracting external funding. Priority will be given to cross-college, cross-campus (including all Penn State campuses) and cross-institute teams.

All Penn State faculty members who hold appointments of half-time or more at any Penn State campus are eligible to submit a seed grant proposal as principal investigator.

The deadline for pre-proposals is 5 p.m. on March, 1, 2017.

Full Request for Proposals

For more details, read the full Request for Proposals


Submissions to this Request for Proposals are made through InfoReady.

More Information

For those seeking more information on Info ready, IEE has provided a Quick-Start Guide.

Please direct any questions regarding the proposal process to the relevant institute director:

General questions can be sent to