The success of Pitt’s strategic plan is predicated upon engagement across the University. One of the focused efforts directed toward this engagement is the annual opportunity for faculty and staff to submit ideas for transformative projects that are directed toward supporting one or more of the six goals and associated strategies within The Plan for Pitt. Letters of intent for Pitt Seed Projects are collected in February.
What are Pitt Seed Projects?
Pitt Seed Projects are well-defined actions that will play an instrumental role in transforming the University of Pittsburgh. Proposed projects can include a range of activities, including: research ideas, academic programs, process improvement, diversity, community and industry partnership development, outreach, methods of teaching and learning, workshops, lectures and enhancing the student experience.
Fall 2019 Special Cycle
In a community message sent on October 15, 2019, the Chancellor outlined some initial steps the University would take “to underpin (a) community-driven response” to address sexual misconduct on campus, including the creation of “funding streams to energize grassroots solutions.” One of the funding streams detailed in the Chancellor’s message included a special Pitt Seed funding cycle devoted to financing innovative solutions for preventing sexual misconduct. This rapid-fire funding cycle will be open to faculty and staff, with grants slated to disburse in the new year.
Annually, the Chancellor’s Office will invest funds to support the Pitt Seed Project initiative. Applicants can request up to $50,000 for a Pitt Seed Project.
All faculty and staff members at the University of Pittsburgh are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants may serve as a Principal Investigator on only one project; however, applicants may serve as collaborators on multiple projects. Applicants are encouraged to include students as team members.
Applicants must submit letters from their respective Department Chair and the Dean of their school indicating support of the concept document and approval of any departmental resources committed.
Applicants must submit letters from their respective Unit/Department Director and Senior Vice Chancellor indicating support of the concept document and approval of any departmental resources committed.
Concept documents and proposals will be reviewed and scored based on the following criteria:
Plan for Pitt Alignment
Proposals should support one or more goal/strategy within the University’s strategic plan. Proposals that support multiple goals/strategies are encouraged.
Proposals should clearly articulate the anticipated results/outputs/outcome of the proposed actions in measurable terms.
Proposals should emphasize how the opportunity and/or proposed actions are transformational and/or an area of distinction for the University.
Applicants are encouraged to reach across multiple academic and/or business units when developing a proposal. In addition, external partnerships with industry and/or the community will be favorably reviewed.
A distinct advantage will be given to proposals that can demonstrate long term sustainability as well as institutional support (e.g. matching funds) from other units within or external to the University.
More information will be available in Fall 2019.
All Pitt Seed Project awardees are required to:
- Ensure that resources are utilized according to what is outlined in the concept document.
- Submit mid-year and year-end reports to the Office of the Chancellor indicating progress.
- If applicable, submit outcome metrics to the Office of the Chancellor on an annual basis for a minimum of three years post implementation.
Any Pitt faculty or staff member is eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator on a Pitt Seed Project. All Pitt students, postdoctoral associates, scholars and fellows are eligible to serve as Pitt Seed Project team members.
Absolutely! Engaging students in a Pitt Seed Project is highly encouraged.
Unfortunately, no. We encourage you to include the necessary resources within your project budget.