Seed funding

Pitt Seed Projects

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 January 2018

This new initiative, funded through the office of the chancellor, broadens the ways in which you can directly and actively contribute to Pitt’s strategic transformation. At the same time, this initiative gives me an opportunity to identify and support some of the best and brightest ideas emerging from our own community.All faculty and staff members are eligible to apply for a Pitt Seed Project, which must support one or more of the six goals and strategies outlined in the Plan for Pitt. Chosen applicants can receive up to $50,000 to advance their project, and this call for submissions closes on March 5, 2018, by noon EST.

Central Research Development Fund (CRDF) - Fiscal Year 2019

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 3 January 2018

The primary goal of the CRDF Small Grants Program is to enhance opportunities for faculty, especially early career faculty, at the University of Pittsburgh to engage in high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Awards may range from $2,000 to $16,000. This year, applicants who integrate undergraduate research experiences into their proposed work may request an additional $2,000. The maximum dollar amount that may be awarded this year is $18,000. 

Expression of Interest (Recommended): Monday, January 8, 2018 (12 P.M.)

Full Proposal (Required): Monday, February 26, 2018 (12 P.M.)

Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund (FDF)

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 6 December 2016

The Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund (FDF) is administered as a competitive grants program.  FDF awards are seed money, designed to help faculty begin their scholarly work or initiate work in a new direction.  Preference will be given to junior faculty and to multidisciplinary projects.  Additionally, funds are available for projects that support and foster the integration of computing resources in the teaching, learning, and research aspects of Duquesne.  The intention is not to provide ongoing, long-term support for a project.  Ideally, FDF grants will help advance a project to a point where the faculty member can apply successfully for external support to continue the work.  Submissions are limited to one proposal per principal investigator (or co-principal investigator) per competition.  Funding of eligible projects of up to $10,000 may be requested.  Budgets may be readjusted at the discretion of the review committee, if deemed necessary.

Pitt Central Research Development Fund (CRDF)

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 6 December 2016

Fiscal Year 2018 Small Grants Program
The primary goal of the CRDF Small Grants Program is to enhance opportunities for faculty, especially early career faculty, at the University of Pittsburgh to engage in high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. The program is intended to provide funding support that cannot be obtained from other sources (including the faculty member’s department and school and external funding agencies). Small Grants provide seed funding to develop ideas to the point where external funding can be obtained and awards to support scholarship in areas where external funding is extremely limited.

CRDF Small Grants awards cannot be used to support or supplement faculty salaries or for travel to meetings and conferences; computer equipment is not given priority. The maximum that may be awarded this year is $16,000. The CRDF Small Grants Program is administered by the Office of Research and the University Research Council.