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Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care— 2023 Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program

Hayley Bohall
January 05, 2023

The Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care is pleased to announce the 2023 Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program. Please note there are a few updates and changes from past program years including information regarding budget and award amounts.

The Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care is offering a Seed Grant Program to encourage new collaborative research projects between Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Arizona State University (ASU). Consideration will be given to all projects, especially those related to the strategic priorities of the Alliance, including:

  • Transform the workforce: Disrupting medical, health science, and professional education for the future of healthcare and lifelong learner
  • Optimize health and the human body: Enhancing human performance across the lifespan through collaborative research, the exploration of innovative treatments and cures
  • Connected healthcare delivery: Streamlining healthcare through novel capabilities, leveraging digital health tools to reach patients where they are
  • Biomedical innovation: Co-creating and co-developing new medical devices and start-up companies toward the modernization of healthcare

The projects selected for funding will be those that involve an active, hands-on role of both Mayo Clinic and ASU investigators. The projects should be well-designed pilot studies with clear milestones that ultimately meet the following expectation: within 18 months of being awarded a Seed Grant, a competitive, collaborative proposal will be submitted to an extramural funding agency. Research projects may be laboratory or clinic-based. Highest priority will be given to new projects with the greatest likelihood of enhancing future collaboration between Mayo Clinic and ASU. The site of the work may be at either Mayo Clinic or ASU, or both.

Awards: Individual projects are eligible for funding up to but not greater than $80,000 for total project costs. Projects are 12 months in duration.


  • ASU tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty (Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors, Instructors, Lecturers, Research Assistant Professors, Research Associate Professors, and Research Professors) are eligible.
  • Mayo Clinic personnel, this opportunity is open to consultant, senior associate consultant, and associate consultant faculty, as well as staff within Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing.
  • Applicants must apply based on their primary affiliation. E.g., a joint appointee with an 80% Mayo Clinic and 20% ASU appointment will be considered a Mayo investigator for this opportunity
  • Each proposal must identify a single principal investigator (PI) representing each organization.
  • Only one application per PI will be accepted.
  • PIs who have been awarded seed grant funds from this program since 2020 are ineligible.

Letter of Intent (Required): ASU PI’s (or their ASU representative) must submit a letter of intent (LOI) through the online InfoReady competition site. The LOI should include an abstract of the proposed study and address its significance and alignment with the strategic areas listed above. The letter is limited to 500 words. Include the names of all Mayo Clinic and ASU team members, as well as the biosketches of the Mayo Clinic and ASU PIs.
The letter of intent is due by March 9, 2023. Upon submitting the LOI, you will be asked to certify that all PIs are aware of the proposed collaborative project. A study section composed of representatives from Mayo Clinic and ASU will review and rank submitted abstracts with regard to their significance and alignment with the strategic areas of interest. Email invitations for full proposal submission will be sent to the Mayo Clinic and ASU PI by April 2023.


For full details and information, please refer to this RFA document and the Alliance for Health Care site.