Seed Funding FAQ

For Applicants

Q: Where can I learn more about the CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Seed Funding Program, including past awardees and projects?
A: A full overview of the program is available on the CITRIS Seed Funding webpage. Past Awards for Core Initiatives can be found here:

Q: Is CITRIS Seed Funding open to non-CITRIS Investigators?
A: Yes. CITRIS Seed Funds are available to Principal Investigators (PIs) on any of the CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis (including UC Davis Health), UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz. Current CITRIS PIs are encouraged to apply. If new to the CITRIS research community, awardees will be granted CITRIS PI status.

Q: Do I need to have a co-PI from another CITRIS campus?
A: Yes. Cross-campus collaborations are highly encouraged, particularly those that leverage the unique strengths of each campus.

For the current funding opportunities, please view the specific PI requirements in the Eligibility section of the Seed Funding webpage.

Q: Do I need to have a co-PI from a different discipline?
A: Multidisciplinary proposals are encouraged. CITRIS has a rich history of bringing together researchers across more than 100 academic disciplines. All CITRIS-supported projects are multidisciplinary, thus we strongly encourage working with co-PIs from different disciplines. Please note that pure technological development or pure social studies are outside the scope of CITRIS Seed Funding.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of CITRIS Seed Projects I can participate in?
A: Yes. 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.

Q: Can Seed Funding support summer salaries of PIs?
A: No. The summer salaries of PIs and co-PIs are not eligible line items for the Seed Funding budget.

Q: Can Seed Funding be used for faculty salary or non-resident tuition?
A: No. Faculty salary and non-resident tuition for PIs and co-PIs are not eligible line items for the Seed Funding budget.

Q: Do matching funds from industry increase the likelihood of selection?
A: No. Matching funds are not required for CITRIS Seed Funding. Matching funds will only have positive selection impact when the proposal has high merit by itself and the matching funds directly support research within the scope of the CITRIS Seed Project.

For Awardees

Q: I have an existing CITRIS Seed Project. Can I renew my funded project for a second round?
A: No. A previous CITRIS Seed Project cannot apply for a new round of seed funding. Our seed funds are intended to provide initial support for promising research, thereby increasing the likelihood that the work can attract follow-on funding from federal, state, industrial, and/or private sources.

Q: How do I acknowledge CITRIS seed funding?
A: Your CITRIS Seed Fund award number is issued at the start of the project for use in reporting, publication tracking, and follow-on proposals. Please email if you do not know your award number.

Please use this acknowledgement statement where relevant: “This research was supported by a Seed Fund [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. You can download the new CITRIS and the Banatao Institute logos for poster, presentation, print, and online use.

Q: How can I track my publication(s) related to CITRIS-funded work?
A: CITRIS and the Banatao Institute have created a convenient repository on eScholarship, the University of California’s open-access publishing platform. You are invited to upload papers about seed-funded projects to the CITRIS repository here:

To highlight your impactful work and facilitate collaboration, we are in the process of collecting and archiving existing publications from the CITRIS and the Banatao Institute research community.

Q: How do I file a No-Cost Extension for a CITRIS seed-funded project?
A: The No-Cost Extension (NCE) request must be approved by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute. To obtain this approval, the PI should complete the No-Cost Extension online form. The request should be submitted far enough in advance of the project end date to ensure that the project does not conclude before approval can be obtained. The NCE will be reviewed by the Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute. You will be notified if further information is requested or the extension is granted.

General Inquiries

Q: Where can I view my applications and awards? 
A: Please log in to the CITRIS Seed Funding platform at

Q: Whom do I contact for assistance with the CITRIS Seed Funding program?
A: Please email our program team at The appropriate person will respond to you promptly.

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