EPFL Seed Money Program

Through the Seed Money Programme, CODEV seeks to enhance linkages between science and society by promoting partnerships between researchers from EPFL and researchers and non-academic actors in countries of the Global South to jointly address main development challenges.

This is in conformity with the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 by the United Nations, which recognizes the crucial role of science and technology as driving forces behind sustainable development and confirms the need to work together to advance poverty reduction. 

The Programme provides grants up to CHF 20’000 under a competitive basis through an annual call for projects.


The Seed Money grant aims at:

  • Reinforcing interest in scientific corporation and transdisciplinary research for advancing the SDGs.
  • Supporting the establishment of partnerships between researchers and non-economic actors to expand science and society interfaces when addressing main world challenges.
  • Supporting EPFL researchers in the preparatory phase of a new project with a view to obtaining third-party funding.

Project submission

Application form

Rules & call document

Call release: 4 September 2018

Deadline for submissions: the call is closed

Contact: Gabriela.Tejada@epfl.ch – +41 21 693 51 16