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 junior 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 collaborations and pilot studies, organizing internal discussion groups and journal clubs, planning an event or conference. Collaborative projects that involve participants from different disciplines are encouraged.
Over the past seven years, 32 Seed Grants have been awarded a total of $72,000.
Members of 29 departments have been awarded Seed Grants, including astronomy, journalism, psychology, religion, and sustainable development.
Approximately 75% of recipients are undergraduate or graduate students.