Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Matching Funds

Are matching funds required?

Yes, 1:1 matching funding from the dean if required. You will need to include the dean's electronic signature on the seed grant cover sheet to confirm matching funding. 

Offer Promise for Additional Funding or Support

Can you provide examples of how to show promise for additional support or funding?

Evidence of the Principal Investigator’s previous success in obtaining external funding as well as a clear plan outlined in the proposal for obtaining additional support are two indicators of whether the project is likely to be funded in the future.

Build new interdisciplinary, international partnerships

Is there a clear definition of interdisciplinary?

In order to foster projects with a broad impact, we define “interdisciplinary” as involving multiple departments on campus.


Who is eligible to apply for the seed grant program?

UC Davis Academic Senate faculty members and Academic Federation faculty with PI status are eligible to apply. All UC Davis locations are eligible. 

Application and Submission

Can a Global Affairs staff member provide feedback on my proposal before final submission?

Unfortunately, it is not feasible for Global Affairs staff to provide feedback on proposals prior to submission.

Who reviews the proposals?

Seed Grant proposals will be reviewed by an internal review committee with representation from the Global Affairs Office and the Office of Research, as well as other units on campus. 

Are there examples of previously successful proposals?

A few examples of successful proposals are listed on the Seed Grant call for proposals webpage. 

You may also review the list of successful seed grant projects. You can contact the Principal Investigator directly for permission to view his/her seed grant proposal.

If a project is funded, when will the actual funds be received?

Principal Investigators who are successfully awarded seed grant funds will obtain funding in February or March. Within one year of receiving the funds, the project activities should be completed and the funds expended. Any unexpended funds must be returned to the Global Affairs Office to support other worthwhile projects.