How It Works

CalSEED accepts applications for our Concept Awards during announced application cycles.  

*Awards Up To $150,000 Each
**Awards Up To $450,000 Each

Concept Application: Apply for eligibility online or by mail. Select applicants will be notified of their eligibility and invited to submit a full application. 

Application Review: Our team of technical and industry experts reviews the merits of your project; if we receive a high volume of applications, reviews may occur in batches.

Concept Awards: Winners are awarded up to $150,000 in grant funding. We seek to fund an even distribution of innovations from each of four regions in California (see map).

Professional DevelopmentParticipate in a top rated accelerator program, receive expert mentorship and network access while developing your concept.

Business Plan Competition: Pitch your concept for the chance to receive additional grant funding.

Prototype Awards: Business plan competition winner(s) receive up to $450,000 and opportunities for follow-on work in the CalSEED ecosystem.


Award recipients will be required to agree to certain contractual terms and conditions. A sample template of potential terms and conditions can be found here.