Office of Research

FIRE Seed Grants

The Office of Research (OR) in the College of ACES is announcing a call for Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE) in order to spark creativity and collaboration between ACES faculty and their research partners (both within and outside UIUC).  Accordingly, we are soliciting outstanding multidisciplinary team research proposals to initiate new and enhance existing collaborations among faculty. The lead PI must be a faculty member within the College of ACES.  The aims of FIRE proposals are for faculty to (1) develop exploratory research ideas that require the involvement of multiple disciplines, (2) identify a research theme or question that gives coherence to the project and relates to the scope of programs within the College of ACES, (3) collect preliminary data or other relevant information to address research questions, and (4) prepare, develop, and submit research proposals for external funding. The expected product of the FIRE seed grant program is a fundable interdisciplinary research proposal. Since the program started in 2013, the OR continues to monitor the progress of the teams and the impact of the funding. Please contact Kathy Partlow for more information.

The window for submission of FIRE proposals for the 2018 FIRE RFP is January 16, 2018 - March 9, 2018 at 5PM CST.  Proposals can be submitted online at


2018 FIRE Request for Proposals

FIRE Review Criteria and Guidelines

FIRE Awards

FIRE Submission and Award Summary

FIRE Impact Summary