President's Global Innovation Fund Request for Proposals

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

We are pleased to share with you the sixth Request for Proposals for the President’s Global Innovation Fund. Launched in March 2013, this fund is designed to provide support for faculty who would like to use the resources or facilities of one or more of the University’s nine Global Centers for teaching or research activities. The Columbia Global Centers are a global network of regional hubs intended to enhance the quality of research and learning at the University.

Across the first five rounds of competition, 265 proposals were submitted. With the help of faculty review committees, 72 proposals were selected for funding, representing awards to nearly every school at Columbia. Projects selected engage every Global Center, cut across a broad range of disciplines, and provide opportunities for students to engage in global research, education, and service in new and meaningful ways.

The President’s Global Innovation Fund awards grants for faculty members to leverage and engage Columbia’s network of Global Centers. The fund enables 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; Santiago, Chile; and a new, ninth Center in development in Tunis, Tunisia). Projects may be based in a city where a Columbia Global Center is located, or in other locations in the regions served by a Center. An overview of Columbia Global Centers, including descriptions of local, regional, and international partnerships; programming and projects; Center interests, priorities and thematic foci; and Center personnel and space, can be viewed here.

We invite two types of proposals: planning grants (up to $20,000), for a period of no longer than one year; and project grants (up to $40,000 per year), for a period of up to three years, and capped at $100,000 for the entire project.

The deadline for application submission is February 12, 2018. The Request for Proposals can be downloaded here. We look forward to continuing to support Columbia faculty as they develop new and exciting projects across the globe.


Lee C. Bollinger, President 
John H. Coatsworth, Provost 
Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development


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December 12, 2017