CITRIS releases call for seed funding proposals

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) has issued a call for seed funding proposals for 2019.

Proposals must be submitted online and are due by Jan. 31. UC Santa Cruz will host an information session at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in Baskin Engineering 2, Room 180 (The Simularium). RVSP online.

The mission of CITRIS is to create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges. CITRIS supports multi-disciplinary solutions and seed grants are open to researchers from all divisions and departments whose work includes a focus on information technology.

There is $600,000 in total funding available and individual grants are between $40,000 and $60,000 for projects that advance CITRIS and the Banatao Institute research initiatives, strengthen UC campus connections, and drive novel technology applications. Grants are open to principal investigators from all divisions of all CITRIS campuses: UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and UC Merced. The RFP narrative is available online.

All proposals must include PIs from at least two different campuses in the CITRIS community, though applicants are not required to become CITRIS PIs to apply for the seed grants PIs looking for help finding collaborators can email with a brief description of their project and the complementary expertise they seek in a co-PI.

There are six areas of interest this year, three of which are new.

Policy Lab

  • Computational Propaganda
  • Inclusive AI
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Democratic Innovations
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Digital ID Systems

The Future of Work

  • Intelligent Tools in the Workplace
  • Tech Deployment Case Studies
  • Job Creation and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovative Research Frameworks

Women in Technology

  • Diversity Metrics
  • Women in Entrepreneurship
  • Bridges to STEM
  • Documenting Women’s Stories

The three other areas of interest are:


  • Data Analytics
  • Care Management Solutions
  • New Platforms and Sensors
  • Integrated wireless, mobile, apps
  • Technology solutions for older adults and persons with disabilities

People and Robots

  • Human-Centric Automation
  • Bio-Inspired Robotics
  • Deep Learning
  • Cloud Robotics
  • Internet of Things

Sustainable Infrastructures

  • Integrated Sensors and Controls
  • Data Management (BTrDB, XBOS)
  • Energy Generation and Storage
  • Intelligent Water Infrastructures
  • Energy Footprint of Transportation
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Carbon Neutrality

More information on the 2018 funded projects is online.

For more information people can contact Michael Matkin, CITRIS UC Santa Cruz, interim assistant director at