The deadline to submit applications to the 2014 TIER 1 internal grant program is fast approaching. This competitive program is designed to encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams to secure proof of concept, with a goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities. Funds are also available as seed grants for faculty teams to develop new research directions.

Total support of up to $50,000 for one year is available, provided by the colleges and the senior vice provost for research. Proposal packets must be uploaded via the online TIER 1 portal by February 1, 2013.

TIER 1 grants are one way that Northeastern supports faculty in pursuing innovative research. During the most recent competition cycle, 27 grants were awarded to teams of researchers across the university. Past TIER 1 awardees have leveraged the awards to expand their labs and secure external research funding, with a return on investment of 1:3, and still climbing.

This year, the Office of the Provost will be particularly interested in funding proposals that address the university’s global research themes of health, security, and sustainability, with an added focus on Big Data/Network Science projects. As many as half of the awards will be for projects that advance research in these strategic areas.

For more information, contact Karen Drew in the Office of Research Development and visit