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) shortens the pipeline between world-class research and the development of cutting-edge applications, platforms, companies, and even new industries. Information technology now touches nearly every aspect of modern life — from exploring the outer reaches of space to managing natural resources, powering complex cities, and connecting people around the planet.
Since 2008, the CITRIS Core Seed Funding program has invited Principal Investigators at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz to submit proposals that further our research priorities, strengthen connections among UC campuses, and catalyze early-stage work that can lead to external funding. Awardees embody the university’s public mission and innovative spirit of California.
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.
The Core Seed Funding request for proposals (RFP) is announced annually. Seeded projects are intended to yield results within 12 months or less. Eligibility information and timelines are provided below. Additional targeted RFPs may be available throughout the year and can be accessed using the button links above.
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CITRIS Core Seed Funding Program
|Areas of Interest|
People and Robots
Technology & Society
The Future of Work
Women in Technology
$40,000 to $60,000
At least two Principal Investigators (PIs) per proposal, each from a different CITRIS campus.
Updated: September 17, 2020 at 5:00pm PST via the application portal.