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.

Do not hesitate: please fill out the Google form. (Use @nyu.edu email.)

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 deadline for spring climate research seed grant applications was in May 2021. Read about our first seed grant-funded projects »

The Office of the Provost is pleased to offer Climate Research Seed Grants to all tenured, tenure-track, and contract faculty in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai.

About the Seed Grants

These grants are meant to support collaborative, interdisciplinary research in diverse aspects of climate change issues. Awards will range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Application Details

The proposal should be 1 to 2 single-spaced pages. In addition to a brief description of your project, be sure to include or address the following information:

  • Competitiveness: How will a seed award from the Climate Change Initiative enhance the competitiveness of applications for other funding?
  • Other Potential Sponsors: List all sponsors/funders to which you plan to submit a proposal resulting from this project and the estimated date of submission.
  • Current and Pending Awards: List all ongoing and pending projects, project funding awarded, and your role on each project.
  • Current and Future Budget Needs: What would you use the seed grant for and how much is needed? How much to you plan to apply for in the future?

The spring seed grant application round is now closed.

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

The Volvo Environment Prize

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded to people who have made outstanding scientific discoveries within the area of the environment and sustainable development. The span of disciplines and activities for which nominations can be made is wide and includes all disciplines which have relevance to the environment. The research of nominees should be based on scientific grounds but must clearly show impacts outside of the specific discipline.


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.