UW Strategic Planning

Husky Seed Fund FAQs

How much does the staff or faculty member on your project need to be involved?

It depends on the individual project. While there is no particular requirement from the council, most projects take significant effort and time, which requires connectivity across the UW. The staff or faculty member should be able to support the team or individual as they’re making the project.

How long do you have to use the funds?

You must use the funds within the school year.

If you are graduating this June, can you apply?

At least one member of the group must be a student enrolled in the next year.

How are the funds disbursed?

Disbursement of funds will depend on each individual project. The finance team from the Office of Provost will sit down with you and help map out the frequency of disbursement. In the past, projects have generally received funds on a quarterly basis.

Are there any restrictions on what the funds can be used for?

The funds must be related to your project. In the past, funds have been used to purchase everything from GPS equipment to mixing services from an audio engineer. However, for any equipment purchased with funds, this equipment is not for personal use and must remain at the University of Washington after you graduate. The council will examine at your justification for funds and allocated proportion of funding.

How close can the project be to a similar program?

It’s okay for projects to build on something else, but projects must also have some differentiating factor.

What do you mean in terms of project sustainability?

The council wants you to see that you are thinking about the long-term goals of your project beyond the funding period.

Can projects raise additional funds?

Projects are permitted to have additional funding from other sources.

Can the project be already underway?

Yes. However, funding from the Husky Seed Fund requires that your project has a specific, new component that isn’t already being done.

What is weighted in the each round?

In both rounds, the council is looking for projects that are well-articulated and well-defined. We want you to leave little doubt in our minds as to how you will actually execute the project. In the semi-finalist round, you must pull in more information about budget and logistics.