Think Big: Apply for Seed Funding

Uganda Research .

Drs. Kory Smith (Architecture), Jim Jensen (Engineering), and Chris Lowry (Geology) in Uganda researching water supply resources for refugees.

The Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE) seeks to foster novel scholarship that harnesses the power of transdisciplinary collaboration to address the complex sets of barriers to achieving global health equity.

2017 Seed Funding Awardees

Of the three million neonatal deaths which occurred globally in 2012, 779,000 took place in India. In India, perinatal asphyxia contributes to 20% of neonatal mortality (NMR) and 50% of early neonatal mortality (ENM) - 400 children losing their lives daily - a major public health problem. Asphyxia can result in coma, irregular breathing, absence of neonatal reflexes, dilated pupils, irregular heart rates, and seizures which can lead to brain cell dysfunction, injury, and death if untreated. Most seriously, asphyxia can cause injury to the central nervous system. This injury is termed Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).
The 2015 Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s seminal work on surgical care in resource-poor settings identified several key themes related to surgical care in low- and middle-income countries. However, this report did not directly address deficits in pediatric surgical care. In many low- and middle-income countries, patients less than 15 years old comprise nearly 50% of the population, therefore, addressing the pediatric population is essential (Ozgediz et alToobaie et alBickler et al).

2016 Seed Funding Awardees

At the end of 2014, 19.5 million people were reported to be refugees in the world, and the number has continued to rise.  In 2014, 4,085 refugees were resettled in New York State, with Erie County receiving the highest number. Resettlement is meant to be a durable, long-term habitation solution so refugees can lead full, healthy lives. However, refugees are often resettled in neighborhoods that expose populations to a variety of health risks. 
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that the “number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 (has) risen to…59.5 million persons” due to global conflicts and a “world at war”.  
Air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. WHO reports that air pollution exposure caused deaths of 7 million people 2012, or one in eight of total global deaths. Deaths among pregnant women, children and adolescents account for more than one third of the global burden of premature mortality. Children in developing countries are eight times more likely to die before they reach the age of five. Air pollution exposure causes health impacts that significantly differ across different population groups, among which pregnant women and infant might be the most vulnerable population.  

Seed Funding Motivation

The Community for Global Health Equity announces open calls for seed funding every year. Seed funding is awarded to foster the work of transdisciplinary teams in advancing global health equity in a variety of topics. These funds are intended to collaborative scholarship among faculty in disciplines throughout the University.  This opportunity is separate from theme-specific efforts of CGHE to advance transdisciplinary scholarship in food equity and air pollution.

Previous Seed Funding Proposal Guidelines

Proposals must:

  • have a clearly articulated global health equity challenge and the opportunity for UB faculty to make a unique contribution to understanding and/or addressing the challenge
  • identify entities or populations that will benefit from the project

Applicants are encouraged to seek financial or in-kind support from their departments or other sources, and describe this support in the application.


  • Project teams consisting of a minimum of 2 UB tenured or tenure-track faculty who have not previously been funded internally or externally for the proposed project are eligible. Other members of the team may include faculty in qualified lines, staff, or students
  • Individual faculty with proposal ideas but who do not have a UB collaborator are encouraged to contact Dr. Lisa Vahapoğlu (, Program Coordinator for Community for Global Health Equity, at their earliest convenience.


  • Cover page (1-page)
  • Title
    • Names / affiliations / roles / responsibilities of faculty team
    • Names / affiliations / core functions of partner organizations
  • Proposal (3-page maximum, single-spaced)
    • Rationale
      • Significance of the problem: clearly articulated global health equity challenge faced in low- and middle-income countries, and the opportunity for collaboration among UB faculty to address the challenge; the rationale for the project must articulate the potential to make a significant impact in improving equity
    • Team
      • description of strengths of the assembled team
      • disciplinary, methodological, and / or contextual contributions of each team member
      • a clear articulation of why the assembled team is uniquely poised to address the global health equity challenge
    • Methods
      • Project objectives
      • Project site and partner organizations
      • Detailed methods / implementation plan, addressing each proposed objective
  • Long view / vision (500 words)
    • Describe the 3- to 5-year research agenda that will be advanced the proposed project. Please include 3-5 additional research questions for which future funding would be sought.
    • Identify 2-3 specific calls for applications from external agencies demonstrating interest in the proposed topic or related topics
  • References
    • No page limit
  • Knowledge products
    • Examples include publication in peer-reviewed journal, presentation at an academic forum, or a working paper.
    • A numbered or bulleted list is satisfactory.
  • Timeline
    • Not to exceed two calendar years


  • Maximum allowable budget is $50,000
  • Line item budget in Sponsored Projects Services format
  • Budget justification
    • For faculty, only summer salary is allowable.
  • Identification of direct or in-kind support from other UB or external entities

Successful teams will be asked to:

  • Draft 3 blog posts of 350-500 words each for sharing on the CGHE public website
  • Present plans for the project at a Global Health Dialogue hosted by CGHE
  • Submit findings to an academic, peer-reviewed journal or discipline-specific publication within 12 months of completion of data collection
  • Submit an application for funding exceeding $100,000 within 12 months of completion of project activities