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. An archive of Past Awards for our Core Initiatives is also available online, including shareable PDFs of previously funded projects.

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 System), UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz. Current CITRIS PIs are encouraged to apply for funding to support emerging areas of interest. If new to the CITRIS research community, awardees will be granted CITRIS PI status when the award is made.

Q: Do I need to have a co-PI from another CITRIS campus?

A: Yes. Cross-campus collaboration is required between at least two campuses, with an emphasis on leveraging the unique strengths of each campus. The UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento is considered a separate campus from UC Davis for this purpose.

Please view any category-specific PI eligibility requirements in the Eligibility section of the CITRIS Seed Funding webpage.

Q: Do I need to have a co-PI from a different discipline?

A: Multidisciplinary proposals are highly encouraged. CITRIS has a rich history of bringing together researchers across more than 100 academic disciplines. CITRIS’s mission and research are inherently multidisciplinary, thus we strongly encourage working with co-PIs from different departments and centers. Please note that pure technological development and pure social studies are outside the scope of CITRIS Seed Funding.

Q: How do I find eligible co-PIs to work with?

A searchable directory of current CITRIS Researchers is available on our website. PIs who are new to CITRIS are highly encouraged, along with proposals that engage pre-tenured faculty. If you would like additional guidance on matchmaking, please complete our Seed Funding Interest Form and indicate which award categories you are considering. A CITRIS liaison will reach out to you for followup.

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

A: Yes. A Principal Investigator may participate in a maximum of two proposals per application cycle. A PI may serve as the Lead researcher on a maximum of 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.

Q: Who can answer my questions about the COVID-19 impacts and revised timeline for CITRIS Seed Funding (beginning in March 2020)?

A. Please email our team at to discuss specific questions or concerns. We are here to assist you.

Q: What type and format of resume/CV should be uploaded as a link?

A: While we recommend a 2-3 page standard NIH/NSF Biosketch, there is no required format nor limit to the length of CVs uploaded to the application platform.

Q: If the publication/citation information exceeds the platform capacity is there a way to include additional relevant citations?

A: We recommend limiting references to the space permitted in the application portal, however additional references/citations can be referenced on the required Biosketch/CV.

Q: How should independent contractors/consultants be included in the budget?

A: Independent contractors/consultants should be listed in both the budget narrative and on the budget page. They may be listed on either the salary line item or under operating expenses.


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 is not eligible for a new round of CITRIS 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, industry, and/or philanthropic 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.”

You can download 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: The most direct method is to include your award identifier (above) in scholarly citations. To help meet UC’s Open Access publishing requirements, we have also created a convenient repository on eScholarship through the California Digital Library. To highlight your impactful work and facilitate collaboration, we are in the process of collecting and archiving prior publications from the CITRIS research community. You are invited to upload papers about your CITRIS seed-funded work below:

eScholarship: CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

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 if the extension is granted.

General Inquiries

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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