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2023 MOMI Seeds - Call for Applications is Open

Interested in expanding your expertise to a new research field? Apply for a MOMI Seeds pilot grant today.

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Fueling the Engine of Discovery

The Launchpad for Getting Bold Ideas Off the Ground


Raising startup funds can be a significant roadblock for researchers. That’s why we created MOMI Seeds— an annual grant program to fund early-stage projects and enable multidisciplinary research. MOMI Seeds pilot grants are open to UC San Diego researchers from all areas of study.

2023 Research Priority Areas

Infectious Diseases & Immunity​

​Metabolism & Metabolic Diseases

​MILK MOONSHOT

Effects of breastfeeding or intake of human milk components on infectious diseases and immunity or vice versa.​

Effects of breastfeeding or intake of human milk components on metabolism and metabolic diseases or vice versa.

​The Milk Moonshot is a creative idea for a project that does not fit the other research priority areas.

MOMI Seeds Impact Areas

MOMI Seeds recipients are impacting areas including infant gut health, neurodevelopment, immune system development, viral and bacterial infectious diseases, epigenetics, liver disease, and many more. Learn about our applicants, awardees, and projects.

2021 MOMI Seeds

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2018 MOMI Seeds

Questions About MOMI Seeds?

Please email us or call (858) 534-9599 for any administrative, scientific, or programmatic questions related to MOMI Seeds.

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MOMI Seeds are supported by the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Research and Collaboration Fund along with other generous anonymous donors.