CITRIS Seed Funding

CITRIS Seed Funding Program

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, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz campuses 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 more than $60 million in 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.

Email seeds@citris-uc.org for questions or assistance.

 

 CITRIS Seed Funding Program 
Area(s) of Interest

Core Technology

Technology & Society

Total Funds Available$500,000
Project Amount$40,000 to $60,000
RequirementsAt least 2 Principal Investigators (PIs) per proposal. Each from a different CITRIS campus.
Application Deadline
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM (PDT) via application portal

  • January 8, 2020: Online application portal opens for submissions. Call for 2020 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Seed Fund proposals will be announced online. CITRIS Mailing List (http://bit.ly/SubscribeCITRIS) subscribers will receive the RFP information by email.

  • January–February 2020: Each CITRIS campus may host an information session for potential applicants. Dates and details will be posted on the Seed Funding webpage.

  • January–March 2020: Matchmaking and multi-campus team formation occurs among Principal Investigators. Complete Team Formation Support Form for assistance with finding compatible co-PIs.

  • March 18, 2020 at 5:00pm PST: Applications are due online.

  • March 31, 2020: Applicants who received a Seed Fund Award in 2019 must submit a preliminary report in order to be considered for a Seed Fund Award in 2020.

  • mid-May 2020: Awardees are notified.

  • July–August 2020: Awardee funds transferred. 

  • September 1, 2020: Performance period begins for 2020 awarded projects.

  • September 30, 2021: Performance period ends for 2020 awarded projects. 

  • October 31, 2021: Final reports for 2020 Seed Fund Award projects are due.

TBD – February and March 2020

  • CITRIS Seed Funding may not be used for faculty salary or non-resident tuition.
  • Principal Investigator may participate in a maximum of two proposals per application cycle and serve as Lead researcher on a maximum of 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 Fund Award.
  1. Feasibility: Can the stated goals be achieved within 12-18 months?

  2. Creates solution to a societal challenge and demonstrates impact: Is the societal problem and its scale clearly identified? What potential impact will this seed-funded work have on the challenge, field, and/or society? 

  3. Potential for follow-on funding: How will investigators build upon the CITRIS Seed Fund Award outcomes? Has this topic been identified by federal agencies or other funders for future investment? Projects demonstrating a clear path from seed investigation to expanded funding will be rated more favorably. Awardees will be asked to report on resulting proposals.

  4. Alignment with the CITRIS mission and research initiatives: Does the proposal advance information technology solutions in one or more of the current CITRIS interest areas described below? Under the charter of the Banatao Institute, applications that benefit developing regions in the U.S. and abroad are also welcome, but not required.

  5. 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.

  6. Inclusion of pre-tenured faculty is highly encouraged, but not required.

The CITRIS Seed Funding Program is designed to support innovative, early-stage collaborative projects that can attract larger-scale support from federal, state, industrial, and/or philanthropic funding sources.

How to acknowledge CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Seed Funding

  • A unique CITRIS Seed Fund award number is issued to PIs for use in reporting, publication tracking, and follow-on proposals.
  • Acknowledgement statement: “This research was supported by a Seed Fund Award [CITRIS-Year-Award#] from CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at the University of California.”
  • Download CITRIS logos for poster, presentation, print and online use. Any questions, please contact communications@citris-uc.org.

For current CITRIS Seed Funding awardees

Contact Information

Email seeds@citris-uc.org for questions or assistance.