Social Innovation Seed Funding

What is Social Innovation Seed Funding?

Student Social Innovation Projects are initiatives, ventures, products, programs or processes intended to create positive social, economic or environmental transformation for SFU and/or its communities.

The Social Innovation Seed Fund provides financial support to help get your project off the ground. The funding is offered in partnership by RADIUS and Embark and is inspired by our shared mission to advance the sustainability of SFU and its communities.

To ensure that this generation of young people are equipped with the support and tools they need to address complex social and sustainability challenges, the fund was created to unlock the potential and seed the development of social innovation projects by SFU students. Further, it is also intended to contribute to the development of a robust social innovation zone at SFU, enhancing student access to early stage financial support and accelerating the development of sustainable innovations and student social innovators emerging from SFU.

application deadline: February 9, 2019. 11:59pm pdt

Who should apply?

All students from across SFU are encouraged to apply for the Seed Fund. A primary team member must be an active student at SFU or a recent alumni (i.e. within six months of their convocation date).

Please keep in mind that:

  • Academic research projects and conference fees are not usually funded.
  • Projects that are already funded by other SFU student organizations are less likely to be considered.
  • One-time events can be funded up to a maximum of $500.

How to apply

Applications will be reviewed by an internal committee co-led by Embark and RADIUS according to the following criteria:

  • Their eligibility — according to the terms described above.
  • Project potential — including demonstrated understanding of the problem being solved, communities served, need for funding requested, and strength of the individual/team making the request
  • Impact — to what degree might this create lasting economic, social and/or environmental transformation?

Application deadlines

Round 1: October 13, 2019

Round 2: November 24, 2019

Round 3: February 9, 2020

Round 4: March 22, 2020


Read through these Frequently Asked Questions before you apply.

Should you have any further questions, contact the Embark SI Seed Fund Co-Chair at