Seed Grant Program

The Department of Surgery's Seed Grant Program supports work that addresses a clear and important gap in knowledge. Proposed studies must offer a unique or previously unpublished contribution to the field and will be assessed based on potential for seed grant to lead to follow on funding. 


• All Department of Surgery faculty are eligible—including affiliated faculty (i.e.,VAMC, etc)—EXCEPT members of the Research Oversight Committee.

• Trainees are NOT eligible

• All types of research are eligible: basic, HSR, clinical trials, technology development, education, global surgery

• Can fund personnel, equipment, reagents, consultants, etc. (justification must be included in proposal)


• Total first round funding $250,000, 3-6 proposals selected

• Accepting proposals with budgets ranging from $10,000 - $50,000

• Funding duration: 12 months


Applications are no longer being accepted for 2020. Please check back for information on the next round of funding.

Please address any additional questions to Arden Morris (


Bariatric Surgery vs. Catheter Ablation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
Dr. Dan Azagury, General Surgery

Topical Antibiotic Elution in a Collagen Rich Hydrogel for Healing of Infected Wounds
Dr. Paige FoxPlastic Surgery

Use of Remote Renal Ischemic Preconditioning to Reduce Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury During Complex EVAR of Juxtarenal Aortic Aneurysms
Dr. Jason Lee, Vascular Surgery

Defining the B Cell Immune Repertoire in Transplantation
Dr. Olivia Martinez, Abdominal Transplantation

• Using AI to Detect Histopathologic Features Predictive of Transplantable Donor Livers
Dr. Marc Melcher, Abdominal Transplantation

The effect of health mindset on perioperative anxiety and outcomes in pediatric surgery
Dr. Claudia Mueller, Pediatric Surgery