Interdisciplinary Seed Grants in Immunology


The Cornell Center for Immunology, established by the Provost’s Infection Biology Task Force, invites applications for funding to pursue interdisciplinary research projects in Immunology for up to $50,000. Support for this grant mechanism is provided by the Cornell Center for Immunology, the Freidman Center for Nutrition and Inflammation, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. 

Technological advances are rapidly improving our ability to decipher the complexities of disease and immunity. Continued discovery increasingly requires interdisciplinary collaboration, and the Center for Immunology is dedicated to supporting teams of investigators who are able to work together to tackle complex questions and develop innovative technologies that will drive discovery forward. The Center is pleased to invite applications from groups of at least two independent research programs (one of which must have immunological expertise) aiming to submit collaborative grants (standard NSF, NIH multi-PI R01, P01, DOD CDMRP, or similar) featuring an immunological element within two years of receiving pilot project funding.

All applications to this seed grant mechanism must have an immunology component. Priority will be given to interdisciplinary applications that involve Immunology and one of the following focus areas: Engineering, Genomics, Nutrition, or Translational Research.

We encourage inquiries concerning this funding opportunity. Please reach out to Deb Fowell (, who welcomes the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants on project responsiveness to the RFA.


$50,000 for one year, per project

Total Possible Awards:

Up to 6.


Application Deadline – October 31, 2023

Notice of Award – December 2024

Funding Term – February 1, 2024, to February 1, 2025


  • Applicants may request a maximum of $50,000 for the duration of one year and must meet Cornell’s eligibility requirements to serve as principal investigator on sponsored projects.
  • While investigators from Weill Cornell cannot serve as PIs, collaboration across Cornell University campuses is welcomed.

Application Process:

Applications may be submitted by 5:00 pm on October 10, 2023. Applications must be uploaded as a single PDF and should include the following:

  • Cover page (1-page maximum), including:
  • the name and contact information of the Principal Investigator and co-PI(s)
  • the project title and scope
  • be sure to draw a clear connection between the objectives and the relevance to extramural funding opportunities in the cover letter.
  • Abstract of up to 250 words that is appropriate to share in the public domain.
  • Research Plan (3-page maximum),including specific objectives of the collaborative proposal
    • Significance and Innovation
    • Preliminary data
    • Experimental design
  • Budget (1-page maximum)
  • Biosketch for all PIs
    Please include current and pending funding for all PIs, if not included within biosketch.

Use of Funds:

Funds are restricted to research expenses, core facility charges, and non-faculty personnel; they cannot be used to support travel, faculty salary, or equipment purchases. Indirect costs are excluded.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • A panel will review applications. The following items will be score-driving:
  • scientific merit of work proposed
  • strength of research team/collaboration; new collaborations are encouraged
  • potential impact of research on plant, animal, or human health
  • potential to achieve future extramural funding


Deb Fowell (