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Stimulating Innovative Global Engagement

Partnering with UC Davis colleges and schools, Global Affairs provides Seed Grants for International Activities to faculty taking on innovative research, service, and engagement projects around the world.

Seed Grant Projects, which are often interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial in nature, have spurred new partnerships for UC Davis and have created long-term collaborations—ones that empower communities, build new opportunities, and advance the condition of health for people, animals, and the planet. 

About the Program

Established in 2001, the Global Affairs Seed Grants for International Activities program gives life to bold ideas in international research and engagement. Funding has been awarded to over 242 diverse projects across UC Davis over the past several years. A total of over $3.5 million in seed grants has generated many important international partnerships, long-term research projects, and more than around $40 million in external funding. As a matching collaboration between Global Affairs, the academic deans, and the Office of Research, Seed Grant projects have helped faculty from every college and school at UC Davis to forge and expand important relationships with leading international universities, government agencies, and industry partners, as well as community and non-governmental organizations.

Global Affairs encourages applications for proposals that:

  • Foster international research collaborations
  • Create innovations in internationalizing the curriculum, and support the philosophy of “Global Education for All
  • Build new interdisciplinary, international partnerships

Success Stories

See more Global Affairs Seed Grant Success Stories.

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