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Seed Grant Program

Seed Grant Program

This grant program is intended to encourage faculty researchers at Texas A&M University to try something new using instruments and staff expertise in the MIC.  The goal of the program is to help researchers show proof-of-concept and generate data that strengthens grant proposals, resubmissions, and manuscripts for peer review.  Successful proposals will identify a new research idea that requires MIC equipment and staff expertise.


The program is open to all PI-eligible researchers in the TAMU System.  Applicants do not need to be current users of the MIC.  New users of the MIC and junior investigators are particularly encouraged to apply.  Past seed grant awardees may submit additional proposals for new and distinct research projects. 

Award Information

The seed grant will consist of up to 10 hours of MIC staff time to contribute to the research project, with a maximum value of $600 based on $60/hour tech rate. Instrument time is not included in the award. Depending on the instrument(s) used, rates vary between $25-60/hour. Instrument fees can be found on the MIC website.

Application Process

Applications can be submitted electronically via email to Ashlyn Montgomery, Please send an email with the subject line “MIC Seed Grant Application”.

You will need to provide the following information:

  1. Project title
  2. PI name, department, and contact information
  3. Student name and contact information, if applicable
  4. Brief description of the research problem and the proposed methods
  5. Type of sample, preparation needed, and expected results of imaging
  6. Expected outcome of the grant; specify potential for funding or publication based on the results of this initial work, if applicable
  7. Anticipated use of MIC to continue this work following the grant period
  8. Supporting literature

Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by MIC staff and awards will be made by the MIC director. Review criteria include project merit, clarity of the proposed work, and the facility’s capacity to help meet the project’s goals and objectives. New users of the MIC and junior investigators are encouraged to apply and may be given priority.