University Seeks Proposals for Third Round of President’s Global Innovation Fund

December 02, 2014

Columbia University has announced the third Request for Proposals for the President’s Global Innovation Fund, which is designed to provide support for faculty who would like to use the resources or facilities of one or more of the University’s eight global centers for teaching or research activities.

In its first two funding cycles since it was launched in March 2013 by Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger, the program has provided grants for 33 proposals from 14 schools, chosen from a total of 140 proposals. Projects selected engage every global center and cut across a broad range of disciplines. They also provide opportunities for students to engage in global research, education, and service in new and meaningful ways, said Professor Safwan M. Masri, executive vice president for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University and the director of Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

The fund awards grants for faculty members to leverage and engage Columbia’s global centers network, such as the Children's Global Oral Health Initiative launched in Kenya by Dr. Shantanu Lal, an associate professor at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine. Read more about the project in the story, President’s Global Innovation Fund Helps Launch Teledentistry Project in Kenya.

The program serves as a fund to enable the development of projects and research collaborations within and across these sites, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching and service.  Projects must engage with at least one of Columbia’s Global Centers (Amman, Jordan; Beijing, China; Istanbul, Turkey; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Paris, France; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile).  Projects may be based in a city where a center is located, or in other locations in the regions served by a global center, as long as they leverage and engage the global centers network.  

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