About ProSEED-ProSEED - Carnegie Mellon University

A Grant Program to Nurture New Ideas at Carnegie Mellon

One of the defining characteristics of Carnegie Mellon is a continuous flow of new ideas, experiments, startups, collaborations and inventions.

It is one of our strengths as a community: we make, we do, we act and we improve on yesterday.

ProSEED is a CMU-wide initiative designed to provide seed funding to build on this strength and encourage boundary-crossing creativity and novel experimentation — to carry out our mission of research and teaching, improve the quality of life at the university, synergize resources, and strengthen collaboration across the university. 

ProSEED was inspired by President Subra Suresh's Fall 2013 listening tour. Dr. Suresh heard a lot of good ideas from every sector of the community on a range of topics that crossed boundaries — ideas that just needed a small amount of money to be tried and tested.

ProSEED was chosen as the name because it suggests both the organic growth and forward movement that we hope these seed grants will encourage. Applying for these funds is simple — applicants must provide a description of the idea, its goals and planned outcomes and a budget.

Amounts available will vary depending on the program and the nature of the idea. The selection committees for each program will review every single application they receive. Read about the projects and award recipients from the Spring 2014 Grant Cycle.

We want your ideas, aspirations and ingenuity.

For questions, please contact us at ProSEED@andrew.cmu.edu.