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Seed Projects


Seed Funding Proposal

1.) Seed Proposal Form: Available Here

2.) Email (See details below)

The body of the proposal is limited to 2 pages, plus a budget on a separate single page. Complete proposals should be submitted as a single PDF attachment sent to, with the subject line: 2019 Seed Funding Application

  • Title: (<100 characters)
  • Project Statement: (1 sentence max.)
  • Objective: (<250 characters)
  • Project Team: Include for all members - first name, last name, organization, department, email
  • Project Plan: State or map out the anticipated workflow and timeline for the development of the project.
  • Budget: As detailed as possible/reasonable, i.e. “$250 for 5x microcontroller kits”, not “$250 for supplies.”
  • Optional Supplemental Materials: Up to 2 images or one video (as links) may be submitted.



Seed Reviewer
To register as a reviewer for the ExCITe Seed Fund competition proposals, please complete this form.

Submissions to the competition are due Friday June 1 5pm, and will be distributed to reviewers (no more than 4 per reviewer) the following week.

Reviews are completed on a simple Google Form and are due by Monday, June 25th at 5PM.




The ExCITe Center announces our annual call for novel, transdisciplinary, and collaborative projects providing the opportunity to develop concepts that may be difficult to support through traditional channels. This year, we offer an additional opportunity specifically for civic engagement projects that also fit our criteria. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of ExCITe and Research-affiliated faculty and staff, and projects selected for support will receive:

  • Funding up to $5000 per project (awards will vary by project needs)
  • Use of the ExCITe Center facility for project work (as appropriate)
  • Additional opportunities for engagement with other ExCITe Center projects and participants

Project Requirements

All submissions must have at least two participants, and the team must span multiple academic disciplines or institutional units (colleges and schools, departments, administrative units, external organizations, etc.). Each submission must include at least one Drexel faculty or staff member as the primary administrative contact.

Transdisciplinary Collaborative Projects
We encourage submissions of highly exploratory, but potentially impactful and transformative work at the boundaries between disciplines. We particularly emphasize projects that would not likely find support through other internal or external channels. We traditionally award 3 grants annually in this category.

Transdisciplinary Civic Engagement
This year, in partnership with the Office of University Community Partnerships, we will award up to 3 additional grants for projects emphasizing civic engagement. In this theme area, submissions are encouraged to include an external partner/organization in their proposals.

Project timelines will vary: six to twelve months is the most common range for project duration. All funding must be spent during the fiscal year of its awarding. Indirect costs (organizational or institutional overhead) will not be supported and should not be included.

Awarded projects will be required to submit regular progress reports and present at one of the ExCITe Center's monthly convening (T3) during the period of the award. Each funded project must also develop one content deliverable that will be determined at the time of the award.



  • Announce call for proposals: May 1, 2019
  • Proposals due by 5:00 PM EDT May 31, 2019 (Friday)
  • Awards announced: July 1, 2019 (Monday)