Social Innovation Seed Fund


Are you an SFU student working on a radical idea with social or environmental impact at its core?

The Social Innovation Seed Fund provides financial support ranging from $200 to $1,500 to help get your project off the ground. The funding period for 2018-2019 will be open again in Fall 2018. We've partnered with RADIUS SFU to make this fund possible. 

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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.

All students from across SFU are encouraged to apply. A primary team member must be an active graduate or undergraduate student at SFU.

Each primary applicant and team may submit only one application per year. 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 are can be funded up to a maximum of $500.


Read about past SFU Social Innovation Seed Fund recipients.


Applications are accepted at four points during the current academic year with our 2018-2019 cycle starting in the Fall 2018 semester. Check back in September to learn more.

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

  1. Their eligibility according to the terms described above;

  2. The soundness of the application including:

    1. A thorough understanding of the problem to be addressed, including the users and community served;

    2. A strong team, ideally with a diverse skill set and the interest and capacity to carry the project forward;

    3. Attainable, clearly articulated, and measurable targets along with a plan to achieve them; and

    4. A demonstration of financial need to carry out the project.

  3. The possible positive impact of the project, including:

    1. Economic, social and/or environmental impact for the users/community in focus;

    2. Opportunities to engage numerous actors to engage or inspire them to become changemakers; and

    3. Professional development/learning for the team members (and potentially their peers).


Read through these Frequently Asked Questions before you apply.


Grantees are required to complete the following:

  • A short mid-project survey;

  • An end-of-project Learning Report; and

  • An end-of-project blog post (video and photo encouraged) not later than 30 days after project delivery – to be shared via the RADIUS and Embark social media channels.

Grantees are required to return any disbursed funds in the case that they are unable to provide the above deliverables. We aim to support projects which are completed by July 1, 2018. If the successful applicant receives funding at the end of the granting period, the parties may negotiate an extended contract on a case-by-case basis.


Embark Sustainability Society: (“Embark”) is an independent, student-led not-for-profit based out of Simon Fraser University that empowers the next generation of student sustainability leaders. We engage our SFU student members in change making and inspire their sustainability leadership through our grant, advocacy, and student-designed programming. Currently, we represent the sustainability interests of 35,000+ undergraduate and graduate SFU students at the university level.

RADIUS (RADical Ideas, Useful to Society) is a social innovation lab and venture incubator based at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. RADIUS is inspired by an emerging wave of entrepreneurs and innovators questioning the old rules with new ideas about how our society might work. As a part of this movement, we work on three key levers: ­­People (RADIUS Edu), Systems (RADIUS Lab) and Solutions (RADIUS Ventures)­­ to encourage the emergence of a healthy, sustainable economy. RADIUS’ time on the Social Innovation Seed Fund is graciously sponsored by SFU Innovates and the Beedie School of Business.

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