About CITRIS Seed Funding Opportunities

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges. Established in 2001, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) leverages the interdisciplinary research strengths of multiple UC campuses to advance the University of California’s mission and the innovative spirit of California. The institute was created to shorten the pipeline between world-class laboratory research and the development of cutting-edge applications, platforms, companies, and even new industries.

We invite Principal Investigators at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health System, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz to apply for seed funding that furthers CITRIS and the Banatao Institute research initiatives, strengthens connections among UC campuses, and catalyzes early-stage research that can lead to external funding.

Funded projects have attracted follow-on support from federal, state, industrial, and private sources including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Intel, Microsoft, Mellon Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Click below to learn about our available seed funding opportunities.

To discuss a new joint seed funding opportunity or larger proposal collaboration, please contact seeds@citris-uc.org.

2017 Core Seed Funding: Request for Proposals

2017 Core CITRIS Seed Funding
Area(s) of Interest Connected Communities
Health
People and Robots
Sustainable Infrastructures
Total Funds
Available
$550,000
Project Amount $10,000 – $60,000
Eligibility

CITRIS Campuses:
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Davis Health System
UC Merced
UC Santa Cruz

At least 2 PIs.
Each from a different CITRIS campus.
Application Deadline  January 27, 2017 at 5:00pm PST

View the Core Seed Funding webpage for the complete RFP, including detailed areas of interest and a checklist of information needed to complete the online proposal process:

Learn more about CITRIS Core Seed Funding Opportunities

* Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have suspended the joint seed funding opportunity with UC Riverside in 2016-2017. Please contact seeds@citris-uc.org with any questions.


2017 CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding: Request for Proposals

CITRIS also sponsors a joint seed-funding program with Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), one of the largest private universities in Latin America. Bi-national research teams in Mexico and California develop promising, early-stage IT projects that can attract larger funding and support resources.

2017 CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding
Area(s) of Interest Connected Communities
Health
People and Robots
Sustainable Infrastructures
Total Funds
Available
$75,000
Project Amount $25,000
Eligibility

CITRIS Campuses:
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Davis Health System
UC Merced
UC Santa Cruz

At least 2 PIs.
Minimum of one from ITESM and one from a CITRIS and the Banatao Institute campus.
Application Deadline  April 14, 2017 at 5:00pm PST

View the CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding webpage for the complete RFP, including detailed areas of interest and a checklist of information needed to complete the online proposal process:

Learn more about CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding Opportunities


Updated: February 3, 2017