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Faculty Grants

Award Descriptions

The UC LEAF Seed Award will be a competitive funding opportunity offered annually to women STEM faculty without external funding to support research efforts aimed at collecting pilot data for future external funding submissions.

The Career Branch Award will be offered to all women STEM faculty to provide support for advanced training in a particular area, for interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration, for entrepreneurial, diversity and community endeavors or to fund faculty initiated projects that benefit UC and fulfill the UC LEAF goals.

The Leadership Branch Award will provide funding to support attendance at national conferences or training programs that help prepare mid and senior level faculty for positions of academic or professional leadership.

Awards are open to female STEM scientists in eligible STEM disciplines, please review the application requests below for eligibility requirements.  Proposals are due by 5 p.m. June 15, 2014 and awards will be announced at the end of June. Funds will be available September 1, 2014. 

UC LEAF is committed to inclusion and increasing participation of women in STEM from underrepresented minorities. Research that is applied or translational in nature is encouraged, as is research that is culturally responsive. At least one award in each category will be given to an applicant from an underrepresented minority.  If you are eligible and wish to be considered for the diversity track, please complete the corresponding box in the application packet.

For grant details and instructions please review the appropriate application request below:

Seed Award 

Career Branch Award

Leadership Branch Award

Application Packet


Please contact Lauren Novelli at leafstaf@uc.edu with any additional questions

Congratulations to the 2014/2015 LEAF Grant Awardees! 

2013-14 Awardees:

Sian Cotton
Ruxandra Dima
Daria Narmoneva
Bridgette Peteet
Stepanie Sadre - Orafi
Laura Sagle
Margaret Kupferle
NSF