Launched in March 2013 by President Lee C. Bollinger, the President’s Global Innovation Fund offers support for faculty to develop projects and research collaborations within and across the University’s eight Columbia Global Centers, to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service.
The Columbia Global Centers are a network of regional hubs around the world, created to enhance the quality of research and learning at the University. The eight global centers are located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago. President’s Global Innovation Fund projects may be based in one or several of these cities, or in other locations in the centers' regions that can leverage this global network. Engaging the global centers enables the centers and their staff to provide support, counsel, and a network of contacts to concretize and supplement existing research and programming goals.
An overview of the Columbia Global Centers, including descriptions of local, regional, and international partnerships, programming and projects, center interests, priorities and thematic focus, and center personnel and space, can be accessed here.