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The Penn Environmental Innovations Initiative is pleased to announce a call for Research Community proposals. Application deadline: April 30, 2021.
Humanity is already feeling the consequences of current environmental crises such as biodiversity loss and climate change. There is an imperative to develop coordinated, innovative, impactful, and inclusive solutions to these broad and complex problems. In response to this urgent and growing need, in May 2021 the Environmental Innovations Initiative will award up to three Research Community seed grants for up to $25,000 each.
A Research Community consists of several faculty members engaged in the study of a common theme of broad environmental significance. The tracks defined for this opportunity are:
Stewardship of Nature
Key concepts: preservation, restoration, valuation, habitat, biodiversity, ecology, nature-based solutions
Key Concepts: decarbonization, mitigation, adaptation, sequestration, migration, science-based targets
Key Concepts: human vitality (health, wellness, justice), ecological health, economic prosperity, responsible consumption (extraction, production, pollution, disposal), disruption preparedness
Applications must be faculty-led, but there must be a clear role for students. Staff may also be included. This is a one-year opportunity with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. Successful applications will engage multiple disciplines and have cultural, social, and political dimensions that open up the possibility for ongoing interdisciplinary engagement. The scope of impact can range from local to global. Selected projects will be featured on the forthcoming Environmental Innovations Initiative website and asked to present during Climate Week in September 2021.
- April 30: applications due
- May 10: winners to be announced
- September: climate week presentations
- May 2021: progress report due
Recommended Application Elements
Interested faculty members should submit a document of no more than three pages that includes:
- Project Name
- Name and Department / School of the Project Lead
- Names and Departments / Schools of additional collaborators
- EII Theme to which the project most closely connects (Stewardship of Nature, Climate Action, Societal Resilience)
- Project Overview
- Key deliverables, including public-facing outcomes
- How students will be involved
- Metrics for Success
- A description of how the EII funds would be spent
- Timeline for the activities that would be funded by EII (projects may be in progress and may go beyond the scope of the funding cycle so long as the EII-funded portion is clear)
- Any internal or external partners who would be engaged in the project activities
- Applications must be submitted to email@example.com by midnight EDT on April 30.
- The funding duration will be one year starting in June 2021.
- Projects may be led by any type of faculty with the exception of visiting faculty.
- Each project must specify project output, to include at least one publicly accessible product (op-ed, lesson plan for K-12, website, etc.)
- Priority will be given to applications that integrate diverse disciplinary approaches and diverse team members.
- Successful applications will involve students in meaningful ways.
- Winning teams will be featured on the forthcoming Penn Environment website and required to present during Climate Week in September 2021.
- Events and courses will be considered only if they are elements of a larger collaborative effort.