Seed Grant Overview

Seed grants are awarded to 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 faculty, students, and postdocs at Columbia University and Barnard College are eligible to apply. 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 are encouraged.

  1. Over four years, 23 Seed Grants have been awarded a total of approximately $50,000.
  2. Our 2018 cycle is the largest yet with seven projects.
  3. Members of 22 departments have been awarded Seed Grants, including astronomy, journalism, psychology, religion, and sustainable development.
  4. 40% of projects initiated through Seed Grants have secured additional funding outside of CSS. 

Learn more about the Seed Grants awarded: