Pitt Seed Projects

Supporting the Plan for Pitt

The success of Pitt’s strategic plan relies on engagement across the University. One of the efforts focused on increasing stakeholder participation is the annual opportunity for faculty and staff to submit ideas for Pitt Seed Projects, transformative projects that support one or more of the three pillars and 14 associated strategic objectives within the  Plan for Pitt.

What Makes a Good Pitt Seed Project?

Pitt Seed Projects play an instrumental role in improving how the University advances our mission. Projects well-suited to secure funding in the Pitt Seed cycle will: directly support outcomes identified in the Plan for Pitt, aim to improve internal systems and operations, prioritize transdisciplinary collaboration or impacts, and be scalable.       
Some areas of interest prioritized in this funding cycle include:   

  • The student experience.
  • Graduate programming.    
  • Alumni engagement.  
  • Alumni success.
  • Employee satisfaction.  
  • Teaching and learning excellence.
  • Unconventional learning trajectories, methods and entry points.
  • Institutional policies and procedures.   
  • Transdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration.
  • Sustainable processes, structures and environments.

All initiatives advanced under the Plan for Pitt should aim to embrace and strengthen our core values, which include:

  • Academic excellence.
  • Collaboration.
  • Community.
  • Inclusion.
  • Innovation.
  • Sustainability.

Submit a Pitt Seed Pitch

Annually, the Office of the Chancellor invests funds to support the Pitt Seed Project initiative. The deadline to submit a Pitt Seed Pitch is February 7, 2022.

2022-2023 Pitt Seed Projects

Twenty-five projects have been invited to develop full proposals covering a range of activities, including: research ideas, academic programs, process improvement, diversity and inclusion, community and industry partnership development, outreach, methods of teaching and learning, workshops, lectures and enhancing the student experience. We invite you to learn more about these transformational projects.