Carnegie Mellon University

Nurturing New Ideas

The ProSEED program acts as an umbrella for several different internal seed grants in the areas of research, teaching, student life, community service and campus programming.  Every member of the CMU community (faculty, students and staff) is eligible to apply for at least one ProSEED grant in order to provide seed funding for their new idea.

Berkman Faculty Development Fund submissions are now open. Deadline for applications is Mar 19, 2018.

Available Grants

ProSEED/BrainHub Seed Grants

ProSEED/BrainHub Seed funds are intended to seed innovative ideas in brain science research at the intersection of multiple disciplines.  Special consideration is given to proposals involving multiple BrainHub partner institutions.

Next Call for Proposals: Fall 2018

Read about past award recipients.

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Berkman Faculty Development Fund

The Berkman Faculty Development Fund is supported by a gift for full-time faculty members. Previously, the Berkman Faculty Development Fund was managed through Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Berkman Fund has transferred to the Office of the Provost with minimal changes.  View the grant details.

Call for Proposals closes March 19, 2018.

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ProSEED/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 within and outside of the university.

Last Call for Proposals closed Dec 8, 2017

Next Call for Proposals: Spring 2018

Read about past award recipients.

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ProSEED/EQT Energy Seed Funds

EQT Foundation has provided funds for faculty aimed at seeding new projects in a wide range of energy and water-related research with connections to the natural gas industry.  Read the news announcement »

Call for proposals closed October 31, 2017.

Read about past award recipients.

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ProSEED/Simon Initiative Seed Grants

Simon Initiative seed grants support innovation at CMU in learning science research and its application to CMU courses and curricula.

Most Recent Award Cycle: February, 2017

Next Call for Proposals: Spring 2018

Read about past award recipients.

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Additional Grant Programs

Carnegie Mellon has many different grants available across the university, such as:

  • Frank-Ratchye STUDIO Grants
  • Graduate Small project Help (GuSH)
  • Small Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG)

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