ProSEED - Carnegie Mellon University

ProSEED — Nurturing New Ideas

In Spring 2014, President Subra Suresh announced a new Carnegie Mellon University-wide program of seed grants, growing out of suggestions and ideas he heard during his campus-wide listening tour.

These seed grants are intended to play a catalytic role in supporting promising, creative ideas in education and research, provide support for campus activities and pilot projects, expand creativity and entrepreneurship, and help enhance community quality of life.

This overarching program is called ProSEED, a name that suggests both the organic growth and forward movement that we hope these seed grants will encourage. Learn more about ProSEED »

New Grant Programs in 2014-2015

ProSEED/BrainHub Seed Funds: As part of the recently announced CMU BrainHub initiative, ProSEED will administer funding to seed innovative ideas in brain science research with particular emphasis on those ideas at the intersection of multiple disciplines.  Further information about the ProSEED/BrainHub seed funding program(s) will be posted in the Fall.  Learn more about BrainHub or read the news announcement.

ProSEED/EQT Energy Seed Funds: EQT Foundation has provided funds aimed at new projects in a wide range of energy and water-related research with connections to the natural gas industry. Information and application requirements will be posted in the Fall. Read the news announcement »

Simon Initiative Seed Grants for CMU Faculty

The Simon Initiative is supporting innovation at CMU in learning science research and its application to CMU courses and curricula; there will be grants for faculty to develop technology-enhanced courses or course modules, or other projects that use data driven learning technologies.

First cycle deadline was March 31, 2014.
Read about the award recipients.

Grant details »

Crosswalk: Grants for Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff

These grants are designed to seed a wide range of ideas to build connections and collaborations across colleges, departments, student organizations, even campuses. We want to inspire bold creativity and entrepreneurship among CMU community members, and are looking for fresh ideas that cross boundaries at the university.

First cycle deadline was March 31, 2014.
Read about the award recipients.

Grant details »


ProSEED Grants: None

Other Grant Programs: None