Internal Seed Grant Programs

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE), through the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI), administers a number of annual internal funding opportunities, or “seed grants.”

Further information about seed grant opportunities is provided below. For questions or further information about any of the programs listed below, please contact

Note: The NOI deadline listed below is a process that is separate and distinct from a notification to the RSC for application development and approval prior to submission.


REDKE offers various internal awards, including annual programs and one-time special opportunities, both internally through UTSA and with collaborating organizations. More information is available below about both active and closed (for reference) programs.

Currently Open Programs

Grant for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT)

The Grants for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT) program, sponsored by the UTSA REDKE, is offering seed grants to support new areas of research for faculty at UTSA. The primary goal of these awards is to assemble preliminary data that can be used to seek extramural funding and advance UTSA’s institutional research excellence goals (NRUF, AAU, etc.).

Eligible: Full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty at UTSA.

Internal Research Awards (INTRA)

The Internal Research Awards (INTRA) program is part of the UTSA REDKE coordinated efforts to promote research and scholarship of the highest quality. This program offers funding for faculty to gain experience in identifying and submitting proposals for extramural funding, gather preliminary data to support applications for extramural funding, and enhance scholarly and creative activities

Eligible: Full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty at UTSA in COB, COEHD, COLFA, HCAP, and School of Architecture and Planning.

Connecting Researchers through Partnerships (Connect)

The Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) program sponsored by the Office of the VPREDKE at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is a grant opportunity offered to enhance greater scientific collaboration between the two institutions and to increase both UTSA’s and SwRI’s research-funding base with cross-campus collaborative programs. The program encourages interaction between investigators in support of the acquisitions of established extramural, peer-reviewed research funding. This agreement provides unprecedented opportunities for researchers to work together in addressing issues of mutual interest and need. For this cycle, UTSA and SwRI have agreed on the targeted areas of Human Performance and Urban Challenges. The proposal must have a direct application to solving industrial, governmental, or societal problems.

Eligible: Full-time, tenure-track, and tenured faculty at UTSA. Proposals must include multiple (2 or more: at least one from each institution) interacting investigators with PI status from both UTSA and SwRI.

Transdisciplinary Teams Program (T2)

The Transdisciplinary Teams (T2) program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development & Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in collaboration with the City of San Antonio (CoSA), is a grant opportunity offered to enhance greater intellectual collaboration between the two institutions and to increase both UTSA’s and CoSA’s research-funding base with inter-institutional collaborative programs.

Eligible: Full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty at UTSA.

Brain Health Consortium Collaborative Seed Grant (BHC CSG)

The Brain Health Consortium Collaborative Seed Grant (BHC CSG) program, sponsored by the UTSA REDKE and Brain Health Consortium (BHC), is offering seed grants to support transdisciplinary research in areas that advance our fundamental understanding of the brain in health and disease, advance understanding of social determinants of brain health (e.g., healthcare equity, educational equity, etc.), lead to development of interventions to advance brain health (e.g., interventions for mental and behavioral health, interventions to increase brain health literacy in underserved populations, etc.), or advance research to increase inclusion of diverse populations in brain health research, especially from underrepresented communities. CSG funding through this program is an opportunity for UTSA faculty to begin innovative transdisciplinary research that will open new areas of research strength and become competitive for long-term extramural funding.

Eligible: Full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty at UTSA.

Faculty Travel Support Program

Eligible: Active, tenured, and tenure-track faculty at UTSA.

  • Travel must be completed prior to August 1, 2023
  • Request Program Guidance and Application link by emailing the REDKE inbox at

The Faculty Travel Support Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Currently Closed Programs

Cancer Moonshot Pilot Projects

The Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio and The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) are soliciting proposals for joint pilot projects resulting from our recent Cancer Moonshot Joint Retreat (held September 7, 2022). The primary goal of these programs is to support early-stage collaborative studies that will lead to increased interdisciplinary, institutional, and community-based research likely to compete successfully for national grant support and ultimately to improve human health.

Collaboration Requirement: Each project should be led by two co-principal investigators, one from the Mays Cancer Center (MCC) and one from UTSA (minimum 2 team members with equal PI status). At least one of the PIs must have participated in the September 7, 2022, Cancer Moonshot joint retreat.

Eligible: PIs and Co-PIs must be full-time, tenure track or tenured faculty at UTSA in residence at the time of application.

For programmatic questions contact: Kelly Durham at
For UTSA PI questions contact: Ana Leos at 

Past Opportunities
FY2019 GREAT, INTRA, Connect Awardees
FY2018 GREAT, INTRA, Connect Awardees
FY2017 GREAT, INTRA, Connect Awardees
FY2016 GREAT, INTRA, Connect Awardees
FY2015 GREAT Program Awardees
FY2015 Connect Program Awardee
FY2015 INTRA Program Awardees

Faculty from UTSA and their students can now ask for approval for access, for research purposes only, to the Cibolo Preserve, a 500 acre tract just east of Boerne in south central Kendal County. The land is notable for its beauty, variety of flora and fauna, geological features and areas of archeological interest. UTSA, in an effort to aid their researchers, is offering up to $3000 per project to help defray student researcher support, supplies and equipment. If you are interested in a morning visit to the preserve please contact: (210) 458-8228,

View the Cibolo Preserve Brochure (PDF) for more information.


Previously Funded Projects

Year Name Department Amount Details
FY18 Brian Laub Environmental Science & Ecology



Evaluation of Estrogen Concentrations in Cibolo Creek

Aquatic Habitat Mapping in Cibolo Creek Preserve and Nature Center

FY18 Jeffrey Hutchison Environmental Science & Ecology Acoustic Bat Activity at Cibolo Preserve
FY17 Vikram Kapoor Civil & Environmental Engineering Fecal Source Tracking in the Cibolo Preserve Using Molecular Tools
FY15 Janis Bush Environmental Science & Ecology $1,500 A Comparison of Small Mammals in three Habitats at the Cibolo Preserve
FY15 Yongli Gao Geological Sciences $3,000 Surface and SubSurface Karst Feature Surveying and Mapping
FY14 Kathryn Brown Antrhopology $3,000 TBD – Dr. Brown may not continue the project this fall. Dr. Brown’s graduate student is currently processing all GIS data that was collected last year.
FY14 Janis Bush Environmental Science & Ecology $3,000 Dr. Bush continued to conduct research on Post Oaks.
FY14 Yongli Gao Geological Sciences $3,000 Dr. Gao is investigating groundwater and surface water interaction in Cibolo Creek. Enviornmental and artificial tracers will be used to investigate surface water and groundwater interactions.
FY14 Alexis Godet Geological Sciences $3,500 Dr. Godet studied linking rudist repartition to paleoenvironmental conditions: Evidence from the Glen Rose Rudist reef, Herffs Falls, Cibolo Preserve.
FY12 Jyotsna Sharma-Srinivasan Biology $3,000 Dr. Sharma-Srinivasan conducted a baseline study of invertebrates at two stations in Cibolo Creek that are downstream and
FY12 Afamia El-Nakat Environmental Science/TSERI $3,000 Dr. El-Nakat conducted a comparative analysis of soil moisture content through soil enhancement for the reducation of desertification
FY11 Xiaofeng Liu Civil Engineering $3,000 Dr. Liu conducted research on Cibolo Creek water flow accounting inside the Cibolo Preserve.
FY10 Hatim Sharif Civil Engineering $3,000 Dr. Sharif studied hydrometeorological processes in semi-arid environments.
FY09 Hatim Sharif Civil Engineering $3,000 Dr. Sharif measured the water flow after rainfall events to estimate runoff from catchment area.
FY09 Daniel Gonzalez Architecture $3,000 Dr. Gonzalez studied the development and design of architectural spaces within the natural environment that will serve as educational and research spaces.
FY09 Jamon Halvaksz Antrhopology $3,000 Dr. Halvaksz conducted archival research and interviews regarding the use and management of the Cibolo Preserve. Research documented changes ithe use of land practices, human-environment interactions and archival records of the same.
FY09 Alan Dutton Geological Sciences $3,000 Dr. Dutton conducted research on hydrogeophysics investigation of the contributing watershed of the Fern Bank Springs to map subsurface karst features and provide data for better understanding of the subsurface hydrological processes that control groundwater flow, recharge, and discharged in a karst setting.
FY09 Janis Bush Geological Sciences $3,000 Dr. Bush conducted a research study on Post Oak Community Structure, Function, Dynamics and Potential Controlling Factors in Central Texas.