CGEP China Faculty Grant Program for 2017-18

Applications are now being accepted for the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Faculty China Grants Program for 2017-18.

Grants will be awarded to support Columbia faculty research and public policy analysis focused on topics relevant to CGEP’s U.S.-China energy and climate work. This includes policy-relevant work on economic, geopolitical, institutional, technical or scientific issues related to (i) Chinese energy production or consumption, (ii) Chinese actions to mitigate or respond to climate change, or (iii) U.S.-China relations with respect to energy or climate change. Funding will be available from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.        

Proposal Template [PDF]

Budget Narrative [Word doc]

Budget Template [Excel file]


Research Grants 

CGEP will award up to $50,000 for 2017-18 in grants for faculty research support. The China Grants Committee will give priority to policy-relevant research 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 with CGEP scholars and affiliated faculty is also encouraged. The average award for a CGEP China Research Grant is expected to be $10,000. The maximum grant award available under the program is $15,000.

Award Process

Grants will be awarded by the China Grants Committee. Committee members include:

  • - Jason Bordoff (Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, SIPA)
  • - Merit Janow (Dean, School of International and Public Affairs) (ex officio)
  • - Alissa Park (Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science and Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy)
  • - David Sandalow (Committee Chair), (Inaugural Fellow and Director, US-China Energy and Climate Program, Center on Global Energy Policy, SIPA)
  • - Deliang Tang (Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Medical School)
  • - Weiping Wu (Professor and Director, Urban Planning Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation)
  • - Xin Peng (Acting Director, Columbia Global Centers | Beiing)

The committee may consult relevant experts as required.

Funding from the award process will be available from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. 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 China Grant Program. On rare occasion, the CGEP China 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; potential impact of the project; relevance of the project to Chinese energy and climate issues; quality of project organizations and partners; and plausibility of timeline.

Reporting and Output Requirements

Recipients of an award from the CGEP China 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 and full bibliography), no less than 20 pages, to be reviewed, edited and produced via CGEP’s publication process and released as a public product under CGEP’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 China 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 China Grants Program at any one time.

The proposal instructions and templates are included with this email.

Completed proposals should be emailed to by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15, 2017. The awards will be announced in late June.