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Seed Grants

DART Seed Grants

Data Analytics that are Robust and Trusted (DART) and the Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Central Office is currently soliciting proposals for Program 1 described below.

Program 1 is for research projects that align with, but do not overlap, existing DART efforts. This program encourages participation from early career faculty, postdoctoral fellows, individuals belonging to groups underrepresented in CISE fields, and individuals at minority-serving institutions in Arkansas. A letter of support from a representative of the DART Scientific Steering Committee is required for each submission. Applicants are provided a list of current participants and a copy of the DART proposal upon request. 

Program 1 Director: Jennifer Fowler ([email protected])

Applicants should carefully review the RFP Guidelines before preparing a submission. Applicants must use the provided submission templates and should review the included checklist before submitting their proposals.

RFP Documents:
DART Seed Grant Round 2 RFP
Submission Templates and Forms - DART Seed Grant Round 2
Budget Template DART Seed Grant Round 2
NSF 10-21 CPS Blank
NSF 10-21 Biosketch Blank

Relevant Dates:
April 18, 2022 – Solicitation Announced 
May 31, 2022 – Proposals Due to AEDC
June 3, 2022 – Proposals Meeting Basic Requirements Distributed to Review Panel
July 29, 2022 – Acceptance and Rejection Notices Sent
August 12, 2022 – Project Plans & Award Letters Finalized
September 1, 2022 – Anticipated Award Start Date

A workshop will take place on May 17 during the DART Annual Conference to guide novice investigators through developing their NSF-style current and pending support forms and biosketches. The event is free to attend. More information and registration can be found at: https://dart2022conference.eventbrite.com


Program 2 is for project-related mini-seed grants for STEM education, outreach, and broadening participation. Eligible activities include special events, curriculum development, outreach programs, and related activities that will increase the size and diversity of the STEM-skilled student and worker pipeline in Arkansas, with emphasis on data science and computer science-related fields. Successful proposals will align with, but not duplicate the proposed efforts of DART. The maximum amount funded per award in Program 2 is $5,000.

Award announcements for the March 18 submission round are anticipated during the week of April 18.
Program 2 Director: Brittany Hillyer ([email protected])

Jennifer Fowler

Program Director, Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4419

Brittany Hillyer

Director of Outreach and Education

(501) 682-7353