Seed Activities

Through our seed activities, we seek to engage researchers who are not yet part of our Interdisciplinary Research Groups in complementary and emerging areas of materials research. In addition, we aim to train the next cadre of leaders through partnerships between junior and senior investigators.


Call for Proposals: 2021-2022 CHARM Seed Grants

Seed Grants in 2021-2022 are intended to provide short-term funding to initiate exciting collaborations associated with one of the CHARM Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs): IRG1 – Peptide Active Materials (PAMs), IRG2 – Hybrid Quantum Materials with Emergent Terahertz Functionalities (HQ-METs). The goal of the 2021-2022 Seed Grant Program is to support collaborative research that is innovative and complementary to the established CHARM research groups (only exception is for the 2021-2022 Seed Grant Program, CHARM is not considering peptide synthesis/assembly research proposals). Additionally, because CHARM is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the proposed research must be in line with efforts supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Materials Research. Successful execution of the proposed research may lead to the potential for follow-on CHARM funding.

Each Seed Grant will provide up to $75,000 plus overhead costs for a one-year project, and must include between 2 and 4 investigators. Preference will be given to teams that include at least one early career faculty member and/or a non-University of Delaware (UD) team member. Preference also will be given to proposals that provide funding to support researchers that are not already supported by CHARM. It is expected that all seed proposers will contact the leader(s) of the appropriate IRG during the quad chart preparation process to gauge suitability of the seed proposal. The target start date for Seed Grants is between 10/01/2021 and 01/01/2022. For more information on how to apply, review the CHARM 2021-2022 Request for Proposals and download the required Quad Chart for proposal development. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2021. If you have questions about the current call, please contact Dr. Kim Bothi, CHARM Executive Director, at