Call for Applications: 2021 Center for Science and Society Seed Grants

December 15, 2020
5:00 PM


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

Proposals from undergraduate and graduate students are especially encouraged. Collaborative projects that involve participants from different disciplines (including professors and students of any rank and from any school at Columbia, Barnard) are encouraged.


$1,500-$3,000. Grants can be combined with any other funding held by the applicants. Projects must be completed and funds expended by December 15, 2021, with a possibility of a one-year extension.


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. Projects might include small research collaborations and pilot studies, organizing internal discussion groups and journal clubs, planning an event or conference.

We will be prioritizing projects that connect to our year-long theme of Knowledge and Access and/or focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in policies, systems, and spaces in science and society. Please visit our Knowledge and Access page to see some sample topics of exploration around this theme.


Please view the Call for Proposals for additional information or contact [email protected] with any questions. 

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 [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). Please include one paragraph on how your project connected to the theme of Knowledge and Access. 
  • Project budget with a line-by-line breakdown of all expenses. 
  • CVs for each investigator