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Seed Grants

The Environmental Center at the University of North Florida seeks to stimulate the creation of multidisciplinary research projects related to the environment. The grants offered to faculty are intended to "seed" environmentally related research that subsequently results in the preparation and submission of a proposal to an external funding agency that is submitted through the Environmental Center. In addition, the Environmental Center especially hopes to inspire effective collaboration between faculty members and students in diverse disciplines. The Seed Grants are competitively awarded to the most meritorious proposals.

The Seed Grant program is supported by an endowment provided by the River Branch Foundation. A recent gift from the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation has allowed the Environmental Center to expand the Seed Grant program and offer two additional grants focused on water issues in Northeast Florida.

2021 Seed Grant Applications

The Environmental Center is now accepting applications for funding in 2021! One grant will be awarded in the amount of $8,000. Funds can be used for the purchase of supplies and equipment, associated travel, faculty stipend, publishing fees and student wages. 


Research proposals must address one or more of the Environmental Center priorities, which include: 

  • Rivers, coasts and springs
  • Parks, preserves and nature contact
  • Sustainability and climate resiliency (e.g. health, social, economic, environment)

Applications for funding must be received no later than Sunday, October 25 at 11:59 p.m. Proposals should be submitted to the Environmental Center via e-mail


Seed Grant Application

Seed Grant Recipients and Funded Projects