President's Global Innovation Fund - Support for Faculty Projects and Research Collaborations

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 nine 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 nine global centers are located in AmmanBeijingIstanbulMumbaiNairobiParisRio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Tunis. 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.

Grants Awarded by Year

News on projects funded by the President's Global Innovation Fund

REACH aims to bridge the gap in health literacy and health care access among refugee and local youth in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

“Youth-led Advocacy Initiative for Global Citizenship, Responsibility, and Cooperation” 

Panelists explored the health inequities that persist among the LGBT community and how public policies can – and should – help address that gap.

This project aimed to to improve access for young refugees to health information and services in Turkey.

Columbia experts met with local co-investigators and advance their study on research gaps on sexual minority health in Chile.

Columbia faculty visited Chile to work on the project “Massive entry of renewable energy: Operation, storage and intermittency.”

This one-day Conference is part of the Columbia-China Musculoskeletal Genetic Project led by Columbia Engineering Professor Edward Guo.

Grace Dickinson and Shoshana Sheinfeld, both GSAAP'20, studied disaster recovery in Chile after the country’s worst wildfire in modern history.

The Earth Institute is working with the Santiago center and local partners to help co-design, co-develop and implement the project in Chile.