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.
2017 Seed Funding: Request for Proposals
View the full 2017 Seed Funding RFP including detailed areas of interest and a checklist of information needed to complete the online proposal process:
|Core CITRIS Seed Funding|
|Area(s) of Interest||Connected Communities
People and Robots
|Project Amount||$10,000 – $60,000|
|Requirements||At least 2 PIs.
Each from a different CITRIS campus.
* Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have suspended the joint seed funding opportunity with UC Riverside in 2016-2017. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- October 2016: Call for 2017 CITRIS Seed Funding proposals announced online. CITRIS Signal newsletter subscribers will receive the RFP information by email.
- October–November 2016: Each CITRIS campus will host an information session for potential applicants. Dates and details will be posted here and emailed to CITRIS Signal newsletter subscribers.
- October 2016–January 2017: Matchmaking and multi-campus team formation occurs among Principal Investigators. Contact us at email@example.com for assistance with PI matchmaking.
- December 1, 2016: Online application portal opens for submissions at https://citris-uc.fluidreview.com.
- January 27, 2017 at 5:00pm PST: Applications are due online.
- March 1, 2017: Applicants who received a Seed Grant in 2016 must submit a preliminary report on findings and results in order to be considered for a Seed Grant in 2017.
- Mid-March 2017: Awardees are notified.
- April 1, 2017: Performance period begins for 2017 Seed Grant projects.
- June 30, 2017: Final reports for 2016 Seed Grant projects are due.
Past Awards and Funded Projects
- 2016 Seed Grant Awards ( PDF Version)
- 2015 Seed Grant Awards ( PDF Version)
- 2014 Seed Grant Awards
- 2012 Seed Grant Awards
- 2011 Seed Grant Awards
- 2010 Seed Grant Awards
- 2007 Seed Grant Awards
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. Details about the CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding Opportunity will be posted here in February 2017.
Eligibility and Proposal Requirements
For the core CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Seed Funding opportunity:
- To encourage multi-campus collaboration, each proposal must include at least two Principal Investigators, each from a different CITRIS campus: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz.
- Collaborations between PIs on the main UC Davis campus and the UC Davis Health System fulfill the above requirement.
- Projects are encouraged that further one or more of the CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Initiatives: Connected Communities, Health, People and Robots, Sustainable Infrastructures. Proposals that include applications of such technology in developing regions are welcome.
- Projects that use CITRIS research assets, such as the Marvell NanoLab and CITRIS Invention Lab, are also encouraged.
- CITRIS Seed Funding may not be used for faculty salary or non-resident tuition.
- Principal Investigator may participate in no more than two proposals per application cycle and serve as lead researcher on no more than one proposal per application cycle.
- Principal Investigators who have previously received seed funding must submit an online status report for the previous project(s) before being considered for a new CITRIS Seed Grant.
- Feasibility: Can the stated goals be achieved within 12-18 months?
- Creates solution to a societal challenge: Is the societal problem and its scale clearly identified? Will the proposed project help to address this challenge?
- Potential for follow-on funding: Has this area of research been identified by federal agencies or other funders as an area of future investment? Will the CITRIS Seed Grant help the investigators make a stronger case for future external funding?
- Alignment with CITRIS research initiatives and the charter of the Banatao Institute: Does the proposal further one or more of the CITRIS interest areas described below? Proposals are also invited that further the goals of the newly chartered Banatao Institute at CITRIS, which leverages University of California expertise and IT solutions for the benefit of developing regions in the U.S. and abroad.
- Use of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute research assets including the Marvell NanoLab, CITRIS Invention Lab, or other CITRIS-affiliated testbeds is encouraged but not required.
- Inclusion of pre-tenured faculty is encouraged but not required.
The CITRIS Seed Grant Program is designed to support innovative, early-stage collaborative projects that can attract larger-scale support from federal, state, industrial, and/or private funding sources.
Resources for Applicants and Awardees
- Seed Funding FAQ
- 2017 Budget Form Template (coming soon; also will be downloadable within application platform)
- 2017 Seed Funding Overview Presentation ( PDF version)
- CITRIS Researchers directory
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for matchmaking assistance to find potential co-PIs in your topics of interest
Benefits of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Principal Investigator status
- Successful Seed Grant applicants will receive CITRIS Principal Investigator status. Our staff will contact new awardees for a biography to include in the CITRIS Researchers online community and will provide information about other PI benefits. Please contact Yvette Subramanian with any questions.
How to acknowledge CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Seed Funding
- A unique CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Seed Grant award number is issued to PIs for use in reporting, publication tracking, and follow-on proposals.
- Acknowledgement statement: “This research was supported by Seed Grant [CITRIS-Year-Award#] from CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at the University of California.”
- Please note that we have a new name and logo, effective September 1, 2017. Download current CITRIS and the Banatao Institute logos for poster, presentation, print, and online use.
How to submit a Seed Funding Final Report
- Complete the Seed Funding Final Report Form
How to submit a No-Cost Extension
- Complete the No-Cost Extension Form
Point of contact for CITRIS Seed Funding
- Email email@example.com for questions or assistance.
Updated: January 17, 2017