The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) is accepting proposals for projects that are creative and innovative and that show strong potential to contribute to the goals of ICAT and its partners. These SEAD (science, engineering, art, and design) grants of up to $25,000 can be used to support a range of transdisciplinary activities, including creative projects, pilot or feasibility studies, or preliminary research.

You know that back-of-the-mind, risky idea you can’t get out of your head, the one that may change the world? That’s what ICAT is seeking.

The goal is for projects supported by this funding to ultimately become larger projects, longer-term initiatives, performances, exhibitions, or events that are visible at the national or international level.

Powered by advanced technology and networks of creative people, ICAT brings together and supports teams of faculty and students from across academic disciplines to address particular needs, ranging from large societal problems to industry-specific issues.

All Virginia Tech faculty members are invited to submit an application and lead a project team. ICAT is looking for teams composed of faculty from two different fields, with preference given to those projects that include principal investigators from two or more colleges.

Proposals should involve two or more departments, preferably in different colleges, and address at least one of the following areas represented by the institute:

  • Amplifying the Arts
  • Making Big Discoveries with Immersive Technologies
  • Empowering Data
  • Bridging Physical Distance
  • Engaging Community
  • Reimagining Education
  • Designing a More Sustainable World
  • Creating the Future of Work


In addition to the open call for $25,000 major SEAD grants, ICAT is seeking proposals for targeted projects that support ICAT and university initiatives:

General Projects

  • Open Call for SEAD Projects
  • Cube Project

Special Projects

  • Smart Ag: Technologies, Data, Interpretation – Advancing Ag through Technology Innovation
  • Virginia Tech Sesquicentennial Celebration and ICAT 10-Year Celebration
  • Creativity + Innovation Tech for Humanity Integrated Research and Experiential Learning

Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Download the final pdf for more details.

ICAT currently has several different kinds of funding opportunities available. Explore all opportunities and find submission details online.