Call for Applications: 2018 Center for Science and Society Seed Grants

February 23, 2018


All full-time junior faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students at Columbia University and Barnard College




Friday, February 23, 2018


The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University (CSS) invites proposals for innovative interdisciplinary projects involving the study of science in society that require modest amounts of seed money to initiate collaborative research and programming. All full-time junior faculty, students, and postdocs at Columbia University and Barnard College are eligible to apply, and proposals are welcomed especially from undergraduate and graduate students. Projects might include small research projects, support for a reading group, inviting a speaker, or a contribution to mounting a conference. Collaborative projects that involve participants from different disciplines (including professors and students of any rank and from any school at Columbia and Barnard) are encouraged. Grants can be combined with any other funding held by the applicants.  Awards will normally be in the range of $1,500-$3,000. Projects must be completed and funds expended by July 1, 2019.

Conditions of Receipt
Grant recipients must provide annual reports on project activities, including updates on external funding proposals (successful or unsuccessful), and any papers, publications, course syllabi, and/or reports resulting from seed grant activities. When applicable, research projects involving human subjects and/or animals must obtain (and keep current) approval from the appropriate University regulatory offices.


View past Seed Grant Awards here.

Submitting Proposals
To apply, please submit the following as a single PDF document by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 23, 2018 to Roshana Nabi, CSS Project Manager ([email protected]) with “Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects in Science and Society” in the subject line of the email:

  • Cover page, including title of proposal, principal investigator(s) and departmental affiliations, an executive summary of the project, and the total funding amount sought
  • Proposal narrative with timeline of research (no more than 3 pages in 12-point font)
  • Itemized projected budget
  • CVs for each investigator

For more information, please contact CSS Project Manager Roshana Nabi at [email protected].