The Earth Institute is soliciting proposals from Columbia University faculty and research staff to advance the goals and objectives of the Earth Institute’s Cross-Cutting Initiative (CCI) and of the Earth Institute’s Earth Clinic. Deadline for submission is 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2009.
Purpose of the Competitions
Both competitions are designed to provide seed funding for new research or practical applications that further the Earth Institute mission, which states:
The Earth Institute at Columbia University aims to become the world’s leading academic center for the integrated study of Earth and its environment, human society, and the interactions between the two. The Earth Institute advances and promotes excellence in its basic disciplines — Earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and health sciences — and stresses cross-disciplinary innovation. Through research, education and global partnerships, it mobilizes science and technology to address the complex environmental issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, with particular focus on sustainable development and the needs of the world’s poor.
The Earth Institute uses the following working definition of Sustainable Development:
Sustainable development signifies the ability of the world to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor, and the ability of all to pursue further progress in overall human well-being. The world as a whole, and each major sub-region, ought to be able to accomplish these goals without irreparable harm to vital ecosystems, depletion of essential resources or unjustifiable risks to future generations.
The CCI Competition
Proposals to the CCI Competition should strive to be interdisciplinary, addressing as many of the nine cross-cutting themes identified by the Earth Institute as possible. The CCI aims to establish new research approaches as well as methods for bridging disciplines, thus enabling scientists from different fields to achieve new insights into intrinsically cross-disciplinary problems and work towards practical solutions (leading to work in the Earth Clinic).
The Earth Clinic Competition
Proposals to the Earth Clinic Competition should address the mission of the Earth Clinic as serving the immediate needs of clients in developing countries and poor communities worldwide. These needs are identified and analyzed, and suitable applications or interventions that help to ensure sustainable development are devised. Much of the Earth Clinic’s work stems from current Earth Institute research projects (including those in the CCI) that have developed interventions ready for application in the field.
The proposals addressing the Earth Clinic competition are reviewed by the Earth Clinic Steering Committee for possible funding allocation. For more information, see the Earth Clinic Call for Proposals and the Earth Clinic Proposal Coversheet.