Seed grants program

Seed grants are awarded with funding provided by the Binghamton University Road Map through the Provost's Office and the Division of Research.

The goal of these seed grants is to encourage faculty to develop collaborative projects that stimulate the advancement of new ideas that can build Binghamton University's expertise toward a national reputation in the broad area of health sciences. This competitive, peer-reviewed program is providing initial support for proposed long-term programs of collaborative research that have strong potential to attract external funding.

In addition to the standard seed grants, the Health Sciences TAE is also offering one Community Partnership Seed Grant for 2019-2020 that may be funded for up to $25,000 for one year. Specific eligibility requirements for this seed grant are noted in the following addendum to the above call for proposals. 

  1. Proposals must be used to support a project with a new community partner; they may not be used to support existing collaborations.
  2. Community partnerships must be with entities broadly in health sciences (e.g., health care providers, community agencies and organizations, etc.) within Broome, Tioga, Delaware and Chenango counties.
  3. Proposals should define the roles and responsibilities of the Binghamton University researcher(s) and Southern Tier community partner(s).  
  4. Seed grant funds may only be applied to Binghamton University efforts.
  5. Up to $25,000 in funds for one year may be requested for support.
  6. A letter of support must be provided by the community partner.
  7. “Community Partnership Seed Grant Proposal:” must be indicated at the beginning of the project title on the cover page.

For the 2020–2021 academic year, the following seed grant was awarded:

Brief Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Use among High School Athletes in the NY Southern Tier

Nadine Mastroleo, psychology, and Kimberly Brimhall, social work

Alcohol use represents a significant problem among high school students with 58.5% reporting a lifetime history of alcohol use by 12th grade (Johnston et al., 2019). Compared to non-athletes, student athletes report higher levels of alcohol use and heavy drinking with alcohol use escalating throughout high school. Thus, identifying effective alcohol interventions for this high-risk group of student athletes is particularly important. The current project aims to extend previous research testing an evidence-based alcohol intervention (eCHECKUP to GO) to a high-risk group of students (i.e., student athletes) within a local community high school to reduce alcohol use and associated harm. High school athletes will be recruited through one local high school (N = 400) with students randomized into one of two treatment groups (intervention or control). Data will be collected at baseline and 6-week follow-up to evaluate intervention feasibility and acceptability and short-term efficacy results to provide information regarding effect size for power calculation and sample size estimates for a larger RCT. This project will provide pilot data that will support an external grant proposal for a larger randomized controlled trial (RCT) aimed at applying existing evidence-based approaches to high school athletes across the New York Southern Tier.