Repost: Koç University Seed Research Program

You can download the guideline and the proposal format at this link (RPDTTD website is renewed):

For further questions and to discuss your idea, please make an appointment with Şebnem Doğan (CE, SoM, SoN researchers, or Emrah Göker (CS, CASE, CSSH, LS researchers,



The “Koç University Seed Research Program” is designed to support innovative early-stage research projects from all disciplines, such as science, medicine, engineering, administrative sciences, economics, social sciences and humanities, law and nursing. Koç University Seed Research (KU-SR) Program principally aims to support creativity, free/ out-of-the-box thinking, and curiosity-driven research, to facilitate scientific development and innovation. The program is to be administered under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Development (VPRD).

The primary objectives of the program are to incentivize free-minded and conceptually unconstrained scientific projects, to enhance global scientific knowledge and to promote scientific development in Turkey. The transfer of knowledge and technology to industry - for relevant fields of the research proposals - is a secondary objective of the program. The program is not designed to provide additional resources for projects already underway.

The seed fund program is open to all full-time KU faculty. After the selection process, each successful application is awarded up to 25.000, - TL per year for up to two years.   

Project Budget:

  1. Project budget includes: Equipment, supplies, travel and services.
  2. Travel expenses for attending national/international conferences cannot be included in the project travel budget. 
  3. Travel expenses for field trips that are required for execution of the projects can be included in the travel budget. A detailed justification must be provided to indicate the necessity of field trip for the project. 
  4. Graduate student costs cannot be budgeted. Support for graduate students will continue to be provided through existing mechanisms. 


  • Program Announcement: 3 January 2014
  • Deadline for applications: 31 March 2014 (17:00) No exceptions.
  • Notification of decisions: May 2014
  • Commencement of funding: 2 June 2014

Application Procedure:

  • Documents to be submitted: “Project Proposal Form”, CV, “KU Ethics Committee Approval Letter” (if applicable). [Please consult KU’s Ethics Review Boards webpage.]
  • Applications will be e-submitted (in PDF format) to Şebnem Doğan ( and Emrah Göker ( from Research, Project Development and Technology Transfer Directorate (RPDTTD).


Post-Application Process

1)   Eligibility Check

Applications are first checked for eligibility by RPDTTD within the five days following the submission deadline.

  • Submissions received after the announced deadline will not be evaluated.
  • Incomplete submissions will be eliminated.
  • Proposals should conform to the format outlined in the provided form.

2)   Panel Review

The eligible proposals are evaluated by the Review Panel. The Review Panel consists of: KU President, two Vice Presidents, Graduate School Directors and the Deans. Two RPDTTD employees (Şebnem Doğan and Emrah Göker) are expected to be present in the Panel discussions for recording/reporting purposes.

If applicants want presentation, eligible applicants are invited to the Review Panel to present their proposals. Presentation should be brief, not to exceed 10 minutes. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A session during which the applicant responds to the queries of the Panel members. After the completion of the reviews of all eligible proposals, the panel discusses and assesses the proposals based on the evaluation criteria, calibrates final marks and establishes a ranking list of those proposals that meet the quality threshold.  

Panel discusses the proposals according to two basic sets of criteria, “Scientific & Research Quality” and “Researcher”. In order to aid the final decision of the Panel, each member scores various aspects of these two main criteria. Later, short letters informing only the approval or rejection of the applications are sent to each applicant (Letters to researchers do not mention scores, just the pass/fail decision).

Contracts for awarded projects are prepared by RPDTTD and are signed/ready before the expected project start date of 2 June 2014.


Post-Review Process

  • Top-ranking projects are supported
  •  Number of projects depend on the number of quality proposals & operating budget
  •  Preparation & signing of contracts
  •  Panel Report submitted to VPRD