Focused on driving San Antonio’s knowledge economy, The UTSA Office for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE) today announced it has awarded its annual seed grants to spark innovation on campus. A total of $240,000 was awarded among 14 recipients—money that will fund new research projects or new lines of inquiry to advance their research portfolio through the discovery process.
The UTSA Research seed grant programs will fund 12 of the projects through its three funding mechanisms—Grants for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT), the Internal Research Awards (INTRA) and the Connecting Through Research Partnerships program. The Brain Health Consortium Collaborative Seed Grant program, launched in collaboration with the UTSA Brain Health Consortium in 2021, returned to fund two research projects.
The annual funding programs support basic and applied research across a range of disciplines: arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering and science. The grants help faculty explore new ideas and new disciplines, support student engagement in research activities, expand scholarly work, create new collaborations in complementary fields and acquire necessary data to apply for more complex external funding.
“Our seed grant program is vital to support new ideas and collaborations, particularly for those researchers in the arts and humanities,” explained Jaclyn Shaw, interim vice president for research and economic development. “It’s a program that has an immediate return on investment for our research community. These seed projects have led to extramural funding from federal funding agencies, and have long-term beneficial societal impact.”
Over the past five years, REDKE seed grant programs have funded 133 faculty members with over $1.5 million dollars of seed money.