President’s Global Innovation Fund Awardees 2017 - Nairobi

Below are the results of the competition for faculty grants that will take place in the region from the proposals to the President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF). The 11 projects receiving awards were selected by a review committee of senior faculty drawn from both the Morningside and medical campuses.

Many of the projects are led by a team of faculty members, and others are the work of a single Columbia scholar. All make use of our network of eight Columbia Global Centers on four continents, and will provide opportunities for faculty and students to address vital global issues. This year’s selected projects cover a vast range of disciplines and topics, from oral health to immigration. See the full list of funded projects here.


Kavita AhluwaliaA Global Learning Laboratory for Oral Health Step 1: A Planning Grant to Create a Kenya-Brazil Cross-National Collaboration in Support of Research, Education and Policy

Mamadou DioufAfrican Ethnographies, African Philosophies: Theorizing from the Continent

Tanya EllmanMen Matter: Male Engagement in HIV Services in Kenya

Ruth FinkelsteinGenerativity in deprived urban contexts? Older Adults’ experiences in slums in Mumbai, Nairobi, and among Haitian immigrants in New York

Debra WolgemuthAfrican Nutritional Sciences Research Consortium: Laboratory-based PhD Training in Nutritional and Agricultural Sciences in East Africa