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 Office of the Provost is pleased to offer Climate Research Seed Grants for all eligible NYU faculty.

The deadline to apply for spring 2022 Climate Research Seed Grants has now passed. Please check back here for information on future seed grant rounds.


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

Collaborations with School of Medicine faculty are encouraged, and SOM faculty may be co-PIs. (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.)

Read about our first seed grant-funded projects »

About the Seed Grants

The Climate Change Research Seed Grants support collaborative research projects by NYU faculty. These awards are meant to foster collaborative, impactful research on climate change that has the potential to attract extramural funding. For examples of funded projects, see the 2021 Seed Grant Awardee webpage.

Application Details

The proposal should be 1 to 2 single-spaced pages and include a brief description of your project. We will evaluate applications and prioritize those that demonstrate the following:

  • Competitiveness for extramural funding;

  • Commitment to innovative, interdisciplinary, and/or action-oriented research on climate change;

  • Potential for understanding, mitigating, building resilience, or developing adaptive approaches to climate change;
  • Well-justified budget.

The award period will be for 12 months, beginning in July 2022. Please reach out to climate.initiative@nyu.edu with any questions.


The spring 2022 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

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.