Sometimes a good idea needs help moving forward.

To encourage creative exploration that overlaps disciplines, Carnegie Mellon University is providing new seed grants. The ProSEED initiative was inspired by President Subra Suresh's campus-wide listening tour.

President Suresh heard many good ideas from every sector of the university community on a range of topics.

"ProSEED will be the umbrella structure for what I expect will be many seed-funding initiatives available to faculty, staff and students," President Suresh said in a letter to the university community.

The program's name suggests both organic growth and forward movement. Seed grants made through the initiative 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.

Right now, two ProSEED initiatives are accepting applications.

  • Simon Initiative Seed Grants: The Simon Initiative is supporting innovation at CMU in learning science 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.
  • 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 our community members.
In addition, the ProSEED website lists other university funding opportunities.

"Our goal is to seed your innovative ideas that can improve life for you, for CMU, and for the world," President Suresh said.

Related Links: The Simon Initiative | ProSEED Initiative

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