CGEP Faculty Grant Program for 2016-17

The application period for the CGEP Faculty Grant Program for 2016-17 has closed. The deadline was May 15, 2016.  Please direct any questions to energypolicy@columbia.edu.                                                                                                                

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Research Grants 

CGEP will award up to $50,000 for 2016-17 in grants for faculty research support.  These grants are designed to support projects pursuing policy related research. The Faculty Grants Committee will give priority to policy-relevant research that is likely to make a substantive contribution to the relevant field. CGEP encourages collaborative interdisciplinary research proposals, as well as collaborations between early career and mid/later career investigators. Collaboration is also encouraged with CGEP scholars and affiliated faculty. Preference will be given to projects that involve SIPA faculty.

The maximum award for a CGEP Faculty Research Grant is expected to be about $10,000, although the award committee may, if appropriate, make awards larger than $10,000. 

Award Process

Grants will be awarded by the Faculty Grants Committee; the committee’s members are Jason Bordoff (Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, SIPA); Steve Cohen (Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, SIPA and Executive Director, Columbia University’s Earth Institute); Scott Barrett (Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia SIPA); Vijay Modi (Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University); and Amb. Stephen Sestanovich (Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy, SIPA).  The committee may consult relevant experts as required.

Funding from the award process will be available from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.  In special circumstances, the award committee may make the award for a longer period.  After the grant award deadline, unused funds will be returned to the CGEP Faculty Grant Program; on rare occasion, the CGEP Faculty Grants Committee may approve an extension. No funds from any of these grant programs may be used for faculty compensation.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: intellectual merit and innovation of the proposed project, quality of project organization, and plausibility of timeline.  The award committee will give priority consideration to policy-relevant work and research likely to make a substantive contribution to the relevant field. 

Reporting and Output Requirements

Recipients of an award from the CGEP Faculty Grant Program agree to the following:

  • At 3-months - a progress report of 2 pages describing work to date and next steps.
  • At 6-months - a progress report of 2 pages describing work to date and next steps.
  • At 9 months - Delivery of final draft report text (including all charts, graphs and tables in excel), no less than 20 pages, to be reviewed, edited and produced via the Center’s publication process and released as a public product under the Center’s branding [See Appendix A for a details].
  • By 12 months – A brief output describing the findings of the research and their policy relevance. This could take the form of an op-ed, blog post, factsheet, info-graphic, etc.
  • To present their findings at a Faculty Roundtable organized by the Center.
  • Additionally, recipients are required to submit within 30 days of the conclusion of the award period copies of any other materials resulting from the project [excel files, PPT decks, fact-sheets, etc], and a financial report.

Submitting a Proposal

Full-time faculty with multi-year or renewable appointments at Columbia University are eligible to apply for the CGEP faculty grant program.  Part-time faculty can help develop and play significant roles in projects, but applications must be submitted by a full-time faculty member. Post-doctoral fellows appointed at Columbia University are eligible to apply if the proposed work can be completed within the duration of their post-doctoral appointment.  Individual Columbia University faculty members may submit one proposal.  Individual faculty members may hold no more than one grant from the CGEP grant program at any one time. Preference will be given to projects that involve SIPA faculty.

Please direct any questions to energypolicy@columbia.edu.

Completed proposals should be emailed to energypolicy@columbia.edu by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15, 2016. The results of the competition will be announced in June.