Call for Proposals

Hands holding a sprouting seed

The 2017-18 Call for Proposals is now closed.

Seed Grant Guidelines

Global Affairs announces the 2017-18 call for proposals for its Seed Grants for International Activities program. As a tier-one global research institution, we hope to support innovative new programs that advance knowledge, enrich student learning and help solve society’s most pressing problems, with a global focus. We encourage faculty from all schools and colleges to submit proposals.

The Seed Grants for International Activities program began in 2001 to give life to bold new ideas in international research. To date, the program has funded 205 projects totaling over $1.3 million dollars; in turn, they have generated over $30 million in external funding. The program has launched innovative educational and research programs in every college and school across the university. It has also helped faculty forge important external relationships with leading universities around the world, government agencies, industry, and other community and non-governmental organizations.

Global Affairs encourages applications for proposals that:

  • Foster international research collaborations
  • Create innovations in internationalizing the curriculum
  • Build new interdisciplinary, international partnerships

In order to maximize the impact of the Seed grant program, all recipients will be required to attend two on-campus workshops that will offer assistance in articulating faculty research interests (elevator speech) and identifying which agencies they want to meet with in order to secure external funding. 

Application and Submission


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

Matching Funds

1:1 matching funding from the college or school dean's office is required. Investigators should reach out to their dean for matching funds in advance of submitting the proposal. The dean's signature is required on the proposal cover sheet. 

Note: For applicants in the College of Engineering, College of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine, and School of Veterinary Medicine, please submit your applications to your Dean's office by November 15th for an internal review in advance of the Global Affairs deadline of November 30th

Requesting Funds

Funding from Global Affairs ranges from $5,000-$15,000 per proposal. Depending on matching funds, the total budget could be $30,000. Funding provided is for two-year projects. The timeline of funding will be from around March 2018 - March 2020.


The budget (see Excel budget worksheet) should include the following categories and must be accompanied by a budget narrative:

  • Personnel (salaries)
  • Travel and Entertainment
  • Materials and supplies
  • Misc. services (conference fees, honoraria, computer services, etc.)

Proposal Submittal Requirements

Proposals should include these elements:

  1. Proposal cover sheet including a one paragraph abstract of the proposed project (150 word maximum). The cover sheet includes indication of matching funding. (1 page)
  2. A description of the proposed project, including proposed activities, project timetable, expected tangible outcomes, etc. (3 pages)
  3. Detailed budget and budget narrative. Please see the Excel budget worksheet for details regarding expenditures. (2 pages)

Submit your proposal application in PDF form by visiting the link below. The link will require your UC Davis kerberos ID and password.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 

Note: For applicants in the College of Engineering, College of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine, and School of Veterinary Medicine, please submit your applications to your Dean's office by November 15th for an internal review in advance of the Global Affairs deadline on November 30th

Evaluation Criteria

A review committee composed of faculty and administrators will evaluate all proposals. In selecting proposals to be awarded, preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Have high research value;
  • Create innovative relationships with a new international institutions or strengthen an institutional partnerships between UC Davis and a current partner institution;
  • Propose innovative ways to integrate an international dimension into the curriculum;
  • Have an interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary component;
  • Includes participation of graduate and undergraduate students;
  • Offer promise for additional external funding or lead to long-term impact for the university.

Final Report:

Seed Grant recipients will be expected to submit a final report at the end of the award period. The final report form includes information about the project’s accomplishments and future plans (i.e. received external funding, developed new courses or manuscripts, held conferences with international partners, etc.). It also requests information about how the funds were expended.

Seed Grant Final Report Form

Samples of Successful Proposals

McNeil/Austin Seed Grant Proposal

Teh/Baxa Seed Grant Proposal

Further Information

Questions about the program can be directed to:

Karen Beardsley
Director, Sponsored Programs and Special Projects
(530) 752-5678,

Jennie Konsella-Norene
Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs and Special Projects
(530) 754-9403,