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.
The Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) was founded in 1943 by Eugenio Garza Sada and a group of Mexican entrepreneurs who implemented their vision for a cutting-edge educational institution. ITESM is a private, non-profit institution, independent from political and religious affiliations. Tecnológico de Monterrey seeks to develop leaders who embrace an entrepreneurial spirit, a humanistic outlook, and are competitive on an international scale.
CITRIS invites Principal Investigators at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz to collaborate with researchers at ITESM and apply for seed funding that furthers our mutual research interests, strengthens connections among the campuses, and catalyzes early-stage research that can lead to external funding.
Funded projects have attracted follow-on support from federal, state, corporate, and private sources including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Intel, Microsoft, Mellon Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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|CITRIS and ITESM Seed Funding Program|
|Area(s) of Interest|
|Total Funds Available||$75,000|
At least 2 PIs. Minimum of one from ITESM and one from a CITRIS and the Banatao Institute campuses:
|Application Deadline||Information coming soon|
- June 20, 2018: Call for CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding proposals announced online. CITRIS Newsletter subscribers will receive the RFP information by email.
- June – October 2018: Matchmaking and multi-campus team formation occurs among Principal Investigators. Contact us at email@example.com (University of California faculty) or Dr. Miguel Mendoza at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Carmen Aguero at email@example.com (ITESM faculty) for assistance with finding compatible co-PIs.
- June 21, 2018: CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding workshop will be held at ITESM to facilitate joint applications between researchers in California and Mexico.
- July 30, 2018: Applicants who received a Seed Grant in 2017 must submit a final report on findings and results in order to be considered for a Seed Grant in 2018.
- Sept. 5, 2018: Online application portal will open for submissions at http://citris-uc.fluidreview.com
- Sept. 6, 2018: CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding workshop will be held at UC Berkeley to facilitate joint applications between researchers in California and Mexico.
- Deadline Extended to Oct. 12 at 5:00 pm PST: Applications are due online at http://citris-uc.fluidreview.com.
- By Nov. 8, 2018: Awardees are notified.
- Nov/Dec 2018: Funds Distributed
- Jan 1, 2019: Performance period begins for 2019 Seed Grant projects.
- Jan 31, 2020: Final reports for 2019 Seed Grant projects are due.
For the CITRIS & ITESM Seed Funding opportunity:
- Participation in the June 21 workshop at ITESM in Mexico City is open to UC and ITESM researchers. Participation is encouraged but not required.
- Participation in the Sept. 6-7 workshop at UC Berkeley between UC and ITESM researchers is encouraged but not required.
- To encourage California/Mexico collaboration, each proposal must include at least two Principal Investigators: at least one from ITESM and at least one from a CITRIS and the Banatao Institute campus (Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz).
- Projects are expected to further one or more of the CITRIS and the Banatao Institute’s areas of interest (see table above).
- Projects that use CITRIS research assets, such as the Marvell NanoLab and CITRIS Invention Lab, are also encouraged.
- UC investigators need not submit proposals for review through their Sponsored Projects Office.
Seed Grant proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- 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.
- CITRIS Seed Funding may not be used for faculty salary or non-resident tuition. Indirect costs are not allowed.
- 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.
Information to come
- 2019 CITRIS-ITESM Seed Funding Overview Presentation ( PDF version)
- CITRIS Researchers directory
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for matchmaking assistance to find potential ITESM co-PIs in your topics of interest
- Email Dr. Miguel Mendoza at email@example.com or Dr. Carmen Aguero at firstname.lastname@example.org (ITESM) for assistance with finding compatible CITRIS co-PIs
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 a joint Seed Funding Award [CITRIS-Year-Award#] from CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at the University of California and Tecnológico de Monterrey.”
- Download CITRIS and the Banatao Institute logos for poster, presentation, print, and online use. Any questions, please email email@example.com
Resources for current awardees
Point of contact for CITRIS Seed Funding
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