Pitt Seed Projects FAQs
Find answers to commonly asked questions about applying for a Pitt Seed Project below.
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.
No. However, an individual may serve as a team member on multiple applications.
Absolutely! Engaging students in a Pitt Seed Project is highly encouraged.
Yes. We will have a series of informational sessions in January. Please check the “important dates” section for more information. Note: Applicants are not required to attend an information session. You can also email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, no. We encourage you to include the necessary resources within your project budget.
No. The Principal Investigator or designees will be responsible for managing the administration of the project.
Applicants will be notified in early June. Funding for all projects will be available July 1, pending completion of an orientation session during the month of June.
You may budget funding for up to two years. Note: You will be asked to submit a midyear and year-end report for each year that your project is running.
You can request funding for up to two years. The funding period runs from July 1-June 30 each academic year.
You can see the projects that were funded in the pilot year here.
This depends on numerous factors. Each project will be assessed relative to the review criteria.
This would be reviewed on a case by case basis.
The sustainability section should include details on how the work will continue after the seed funding ends. It is important that all initiatives are self-sustaining. If a project has a definitive end that corresponds to when funding ends, please note this in the application’s sustainability section.
You may include a table, such as one generated in an Excel document, in the resource section of the application.
Applications must adhere to the “word” length requirements. Applications do not need to adhere to specific page limits.
The Principal Investigator is expected to define in the application how effectiveness and/or impact of their proposed project will be evaluated.
Funds can be used to offset Pitt faculty and staff members’ time, temporary workers, travel, capital purchases, consulting, software and other expenses needed to successfully implement the project. Because of the limited duration, funds cannot be used to hire new Pitt faculty or staff. Award funds must be expended in accordance with University policy. Supplemental, overtime and temporary wages are subject to tax reporting and withholding, but are not eligible for defined contribution deductions or matching.
Yes, the funds can be used to support an existing position, a temporary worker or a consultant. No new staff members should be hired with Pitt Seed Project funds. Supplemental, overtime and temporary wages are subject to tax reporting and withholding, but are not eligible for defined contribution deductions or matching.
Yes, within University guidelines.
This is permissible under a contract for services that complies with University purchasing policies. Expenses incurred would be included in the contract and paid via invoice.
Yes. Per University purchasing policies, University-wide contracted suppliers must be used when available. Purchases from other suppliers and service providers must comply with the University’s competitive bidding and directed or sole source policy.
No. Given the short duration of the Pitt Seed Project funding, the creation of a postdoctoral fellowship would not be feasible.
No. The focus is on the outcome of the project and how it supports The Plan for Pitt, not on the type of resources used.
No. There are no designated budget percentage requirements based on expense type.
You may indicate your project’s total budget in the resource section; however, you must identify the exact level of funding that you are requesting from the Pitt Seed Project initiative.
No. All Pitt Seed Projects that extend beyond the two-year funding time frame must be self-sustaining.
The specifics of budget logistics will be discussed with awardees during the mandatory orientation sessions in June.
Access is limited to the Principal Investigator and unit business manager. Level reports must be reviewed and reconciled each month in accordance with University policy.
A budget will be established in a defined account for each Pitt Seed Project, and spending of these funds must comply with existing University policies.
To receive additional funds for an established Pitt Seed Project, you would need to compete again to receive funding as part of a future application call.
There is no set percentage or dollar amount for unit level support/matching funds. However, it will be considered a positive attribute if units are willing to commit some type of support for a proposed project.
Yes, adhering to University policies.
Yes. Funds may be requested for travel.
Yes, adhering to University policies.
Yes, but you would need to demonstrate why this is an integral part of the work outlined in the application. In addition, business entertainment expenses must comply with University policies.
Yes. All Pitt Seed Project awardees are required to:
The award funds will be transferred to a University account designated by the awardee. Award funds must be expended in accordance with University policy. After completion of the seed funding activities, the awardee will submit Invention Disclosures to the Innovation Institute in order to document, assess and protect any new intellectual property developed by the investigator during the course of the award. If the University licenses or commercializes any intellectual property, the awardees that are considered as inventors, creators or developers will receive a share of proceeds consistent with the terms of the University of Pittsburgh Patent Rights and Technology Transfer Policy (11-02-01) or Copyright Policy (11-02-02), as applicable.