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 Proposed studies must offer a unique or previously unpublished contribution to the field and will be assessed based on potential for seed grant to lead to follow on funding.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

Please address any additional questions to Dr. Arden Morris.


Eliminating bias in child abuse reporting through standardized universal screening 
Dr. Stephanie Chao, Pediatric Surgery

Access To Care For Uninsured Surgical Patients Who Are Admitted To Hospital With A Major Health Problem
Dr. Lisa Knowlton, General Surgery

Development of a Portable Device Prototype to Quantify Hepatic Steatosis
Dr. Marc Melcher, Abdominal Transplantation

Precision Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer Using Antibody-Based Fluorescent Intraoperative Imaging
Dr. George Poultsides, General Surgery

Lifebox Surgical Headlight Design and Development
Dr. Tom Weiser, General Surgery