The Science and Technology Initiation Grant (STIG) is intended to assist university researchers in developing preliminary data or proof of principle experimentation in order to compete for large federal grants or private funding (i.e. foundation or nonprofit). Of particular interest are interdisciplinary or collaborative multi-investigator grants. Target grants must be for a minimum of $1,000,000 over the lifetime of the grant. Competitiveness for federal funding is increasing as funding rates at most agencies dip below 10%. By increasing the competitiveness of Utah research teams through preliminary data, establishing teams with a history of productivity and evidence of success in interdisciplinary teams will allow Utah to capture federal research funding that has a significant impact on the Utah economy. Collaboration among researchers at different universities and among researchers in different disciplines is encouraged. Applicants must obtain a cost-sharing commitment from the Utah university sponsor in the form of direct funds or in-kind support.