Columbia Faculty Invited to Apply for Seed Funding for Travel and Research on Climate in Brazil

Columbia faculty are encouraged to submit research proposals that address issues related to urban sustainability, the green economy and land use.

May 01, 2023

Columbia Global is seeking applications from Columbia faculty and researchers interested in pursuing climate-related research in Brazil as part of a collaboration between the Columbia Global Center in Rio and the City of Rio de Janeiro. No prior experience with work in Brazil is required.

This call solicits proposals focused on issues related to urban sustainability, the green economy, and land use in Brazil (with priority given to the City of Rio de Janeiro). Key themes of interest include but are not limited to, public health and climate, climate resilience, nature-based solutions, carbon markets, renewable energies, the bioeconomy of the future, and the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations and efforts to advance climate resilience among such populations. 

Full-time faculty or research scientists at Columbia University may apply for three types of awards: individual faculty research and travel support to Brazil (maximum award is $10,000 per award), faculty workshop/small conference grants for proposal preparation (maximum award is $15,000 per award), and Columbia University faculty/researcher/student and Brazil collaboration research awards (maximum award is $20,000 per award). 

The deadline for proposal submissions is June 9, 2023, at 11:59 pm EDT. Award announcements are anticipated in July 2023.

A virtual event to answer faculty questions about this request for proposals will be held on May 16, at 2 pm EDT. Registration is open here. If you have additional questions, please contact the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro at: [email protected].

To learn more and begin the proposal process, visit the Request for Proposals information page.



Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro is part of a network of 10 global centers of Columbia University in the City of New York, one of the world's leading academic institutions. The centers serve as knowledge hubs that aim to educate and inspire through research, dialogue, and action. They advance understanding, facilitate partnerships, and build the bridges necessary to tackle our changing world.



The Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro recently launched its Climate Hub | Rio, a new public-private partnership with seed funding from the City of Rio de Janeiro. The Climate Hub | Rio will promote mutually beneficial collaborations between Columbia faculty and researchers with stakeholders in Brazil, with a special emphasis on work and collaborations with stakeholders in the City of Rio de Janeiro.   

The City of Rio de Janeiro is supporting this Climate Hub project with the goal of advancing knowledge and action related to all aspects of climate change in Rio and Brazil. The Climate Hub focuses on three major components: 1) advancing education regarding climate and climate change; 2) supporting joint research and pedagogical collaborations between Columbia faculty and students with counterparts; and 3) organizing conferences and public events.