Call for Applications: 2020 Center for Science and Society Seed Grants

October 25, 2019
5:00 PM


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


$1,500-$3,000. Grants can be combined with any other funding held by the applicants. Projects must be completed and funds expended by June 30, 2020, with a possibility of a one-year extension.


The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University 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. Proposals should be for projects on the theme of Knowledge and Access.

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) will be given priority.


Please view the Call for Proposals for additional information or contact CSS Project Manager Roshana Nabi at [email protected] with any questions. 

There will be a voluntary meeting on October 3, 2019 to learn more about the theme, brainstorm and meet potential partners and collaborators. If interested in attending, please email [email protected] with your name and discipline.

View past Seed Grant Awards and learn more on our Seed Grant Overview page.

Submitting Proposals
To apply, please submit the following as a single PDF document to Roshana Nabi ([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