The “Koç University Seed Research Fund Program” is designed to support innovative early-stage research projects from all disciplines, such as science, medicine, engineering, administrative sciences, economics, social sciences and humanities, law and nursing. Koç University Seed Research Fund (KU-SRF) Program principally aims to support creativity, free/out-of-the-box thinking, and curiosity-driven research, to facilitate scientific development and innovation. The program is to be administered by the Research, Project Development and Technology Transfer Directorate (RPDTTD) and is funded internally.

The primary objectives of the program are to incentivize free-minded and conceptually unconstrained scientific projects, to enhance global scientific knowledge and to promote scientific development in Türkiye. The transfer of knowledge and technology to industry – for relevant fields of the research proposals – is a secondary objective of the program.

The seed fund program is open to all full-time KU faculty and post-doctoral researchers. After the selection process, each successful application is supported for up to two years.