CITS Seed Grant Program



The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) is pleased to offer seed funding for research proposals from faculty and/or graduate students.  All faculty and graduate students in SPIA are encouraged to apply, but CITS will give priority to those who are currently fellows or affiliates of the Center.  In support of the Center’s mission, all research proposals should demonstrate relevance to national and/or international security. The recipient(s) of the seed grant are required to submit at least one external grant proposal before June 1, 2021.


Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020

Project Start Date: May 15, 2020


Submission Instructions:

Proposals should include a one-page project summary, as well as a brief budget (one page or less).


The project summary should include the following:

1) Brief outline of the project’s theoretical framework

2) Description of proposed research design and methods

3) Explanation of how the project contributes to the understanding of national and/or international security

4) External funding agencies that will be targeted if the seed grant project is funded


Up to four awards will be made available, and budget proposals should not exceed $2,500.  Budgets should include the following:

1) Main expense categories

2) Amounts requested in each category

3) Brief justification of each request


Examples of permissible uses of seed grant funds are payments of survey/experiment participants, travel expenditures, purchase of datasets, hardware/software expenditures and faculty summer salary.  Please note, faculty can receive summer salary only if they are within their summer cap. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to know the cap policy and ensure they are eligible to take funds as summer salary.  Funds will be made available by May 15, 2020 and must be spent before June 1, 2021.


Grantees are required to submit at least one external grant proposal, based on project findings, prior to June 1, 2021.  Grantees will also submit a one-page report by October 1, 2021 that describes how the funds were used, outcomes of the project, and the status of external grant submissions.


Proposals and questions should be addressed to Justin Conrad, Director of CITS (