The 2018–2020 Human Health and the Environment Seed Grant Program is now accepting proposals from Penn State faculty for grants of up to $50,000. Proposals must meet the priorities and missions of the sponsoring institutes and the College of Medicine and must include at least two dimensions of the environment including biological, social, built, physical and natural. Sponsors are Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Cancer Institute, Social Science Research Institute, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Materials Research Institute, Institute for CyberScience, and Institutes of Energy and the Environment. The Human Health and Environment Seed Grant Program will award at least $400,000 in grants. 

The deadline for pre-proposals is 5 p.m. on February 15, 2018.


For more details, read the full Request for Proposals


Submissions to this Request for Proposals are made through InfoReady.

"Meet & Greet"

Please join us for our 2018 Health & Environment seed grant program "Meet & Greet" session which will be held in 110 Henderson Building (The Living Center) on Friday, January 12 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. This session is designed for Penn State faculty members with interest in developing a proposal to the 2018 Health & Environment seed grant program, and/or those who may be interested in health and the environment research more broadly. Learn more about the RFA, participate in roundtable discussions based on topics of interest, and with potential collaborators.


An informational webinar was held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 18.  The slides presented at the Webinar are 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 February 15, 2018.



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