We would really appreciate getting the chance to know about you and your interests, even if you haven’t worked on climate-related topics in the past.

This Initiative is built to serve the NYU community and we want to be more familiar with our own strengths and capabilities.

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NYU Opportunities

Climate Research Seed Grants

The Office of the Provost is pleased to offer Climate Change Initiative Seed Funding for all eligible NYU faculty.


NYU full-time (including tenured, tenure-track, and contract) faculty in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai are eligible to apply.

Applications are expected to have at least two Principal Investigators (PIs) from different NYU schools or disciplines.  NYU Grossman School of Medicine faculty may be co-PIs or other senior personnel. (The project/lead PI must have their primary appointment at Washington Square, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai, and funding may not be used to support costs at the School of Medicine.)

About the Seed Grants

The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is a university-wide effort aimed at bringing NYU’s research expertise and global presence to bear on the defining issue of our time. Innovative and interdisciplinary research is necessary to advance our understanding of climate change and develop strategies to mitigate its worst impacts and to adapt to an uncertain future. 

To spark new collaborations and research on climate change, the CCI Seed Funding Program offers two types of awards: (1) 4-5 awards of up to $5,000 to foster new Cross-school/Interdisciplinary Collaborations, and (2) 4-5 awards of up to $20,000 to develop Inter- or Transdisciplinary Research that will lead to securing external funding.

  • The Cross-School/Interdisciplinary Collaboration Awards encourage faculty members and researchers to seek new partnerships with collaborators across NYU schools and disciplines. 
  • The Inter- or Transdisciplinary Research Awards support faculty members and researchers to develop proof-of-concept and/or pilot data to support novel lines of research. 

Application Details

We will evaluate applications and prioritize those that demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment to innovative, inter/transdisciplinary, rigorous and action-oriented research on an important aspect of climate change; 
  • Potential for substantive impact on our understanding of climate change and/or its impacts, strategies to mitigate climate change and/or its impacts, and/or strategies to adapt to climate change and/or its impacts;
  • For Inter- or Transdisciplinary Research Awards, competitiveness for extramural funding; and,
  • Well-prepared budget that makes an effort to estimate costs accurately and realistically enables the completion of the scope of work in the application.

Please reach out to research.development@nyu.edu with any questions.

Applications are now closed

Please reach out the research development team for information on the next round of awards.

Green Grants

NYU Green Grants are awarded to improve the University's operational environmental performance, foster environmental literacy and community engagement, advance applied research and design, expand sustainability learning opportunities, and demonstrate the viability of best practices and technologies for sustainability.

Green Grants are offered through the Office of Sustainability, our Climate Change Initiative partner.

Research Development Wiki Page

NYU's Office of Research Development has set up a Wiki page for climate research funding (NYU sign-in required). Find out who is supporting climate research today, including the organizations below.

External Opportunities

National Science Foundation

The NSF Environmental Sustainability Program is making grants supporting four principal general research areas: industrial ecology; green engineering; ecological engineering; earth systems engineering. Applications are rolling.

National Institutes of Health

The NIH's Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences supports research "in which an unpredictable event or policy change provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human biological samples or environmental exposure data."

Please check this page frequently for more opportunities.