Pitt Seed program advances 10 projects to phase four

Ten projects have been selected for phase four of the Pitt Seed program, the recently overhauled internal funding competition.

Each will receive up to $75,000 to continue developing their proposals. Six projects are led by faculty and four by staff members.

These projects will have a year to develop their ideas, then next spring they can make another pitch to be selected into a pilot program where up to two projects will receive as much as $500,000. They will then commit to sustaining and scaling their idea University-wide over the course of one to three years.

The Pitt Seed program, which debuted in 2018, provides funding for initiatives that align with the new Plan for Pitt, have broad institutional impact and prioritize interdisciplinary collaboration.

The grant program has evolved to help applicants move from an innovative idea to a fully formed, scalable and impactful project over six phases.

The projects moving to phase four are:

Carrie Benson, Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Survivor Support on Campus,

Sheila Confer, Pitt-Greensburg: Building an Ecosystem of Wellness Across University of Pittsburgh Campuses and Communities

Jennifer Decima, Pitt Information Technology: ATTAIN Student Experience Dashboard

Susan Graff, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: CUPID: Fostering an Inclusive Community in the Schools of the Health Sciences

Sera Linardi, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs: Building Data Science for Social Justice (DS4SJ) Ecosystems: Sustaining Impact

Rebekah Miller, Health Sciences Library System: Disrupting Health Dis- and Misinformation in the Patient-Care Setting: Open Educational Resources for Nurse Education

Michele Reid-Vazquez, University Center for International Studies’ Center for Ethnic Studies Research: Ethnic Studies Research Incubator

Belkys Torres, University Center for International Studies: Global Leaders Network

Kelsey Voltz-Poremba, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Advancing Community Engagement — The Pitt “ACE” Program

Jennifer Woodward, Office of Sponsored Programs: University of Pittsburgh Master’s and Certification Programs in Research Administration

See video pitches for the 10 semifinalist projects on the Plan for Pitt website.