Levitetz Leadership Program

Innovation Seed Grants

University of Alabama Students may apply for a seed grant of up to $1000 to begin a new business, creative project, or social venture. Ongoing projects which have already received outside funding or support are eligible to apply for up to $3000. Examples of previous funding or support include (but are not limited to) a previous Levitetz Seed Grant, the Blackburn Initiative, the River or Aldag pitch competitions, UCRA grants, departmental or college funding, or similar programs.

Students receiving funding will present their projects in-progress on April 16, 2021, at the Levitetz Leadership and Innovation Conference.

For more information, contact Dr. Natalie Adams (nadams@ua.edu) or Angela Johnson (amjohnson50@ua.edu).


Complete the application form below. You will need to provide a full description of your project, budget information, and names of any team members. Given the length of the application, we do not recommend completing it on a mobile device.

The application form will open on November 16, 2020. Applications are due January 6, 2021.

Innovation Seed Grant Application

Your proposal will be evaluated on:

  • General fit with the goals and mission of the Levitetz Leadership Program
  • Creativity: In what ways is this project unique or innovative?
  • Impact: In what ways will this project impact the intended community/audience/market?
  • Feasibility: Does the proposal show evidence of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to make this project happen within the time given?
  • Strong preference will be given to students in the College of Arts & Sciences, students pursuing a minor in Civic Engagement or Leadership, or teams that include these students.

Seed Grant Workshops/ Event Registration

Please register for our LLP Workshop on March 18, 2021, at 6:00 pm on How To Give a TED Talk here.

Please register for our LLP Workshop on March 18, 2021, at 6:00 pm on How to Pitch Your Idea here.

Important Dates

November 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
November 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
December 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
January 6, 2021 – Seed Grant Applications Due
March 18, 2021 @ 6:00-7:00 pm – Mandatory Virtual Workshop:  How to Pitch Your Idea
April 16, 2021, 5:30 – 9:00 pm – Levitetz Leadership and Innovation Conference

Previous Recipients

2021 Seed Grant Recipients Page

2020 Seed Grant Recipients Page

2019 Seed Grant Recipients Page


Please view our video from the 2019 Levitetz Pitch Competition: 2019 Levitetz Pitch Competition Video