Seed Grant Competition

The Einaudi Center’s annual faculty seed grant program is designed to advance international interdisciplinary research and education at Cornell. Tenured and tenure-track Cornell faculty are eligible to apply for these grants, as are faculty-led Programs and Centers within the university, irrespective of their college or school of origin.


The grant’s general objective is to promote interdisciplinary research and education of internationally-engaged faculty across Cornell. We are particularly interested in proposals that:

  • Request “seed funding” for the preparation of external funding requests that show high potential of continued funding beyond the grant period;
  • Advance international research by junior faculty;
  • Engage faculty from across different disciplines and colleges;
  • Create networks and platforms for international studies that connect scholars from across the university and around the world;
  • Generate new knowledge that addresses key economic, environmental, social, cultural, and political problems in the world;
  • Have long-term, discernable benefits to international studies at Cornell;
  • Conform to the highest academic standards.

Note:  The Einaudi Center does not accept proposals from previous Einaudi Center awardees who have failed to turn in their final report by the deadline stated in the award letter, or proposals from recipients whose projects are still in progress.

Amount of award

Not to exceed $ 10,000. The Center plans to annually award up to five seed grants.

Application deadline

September 15, 2017 (awards are announced in October 2017)

Supported activities

Grants can support conferences, workshops and virtual networks, research assistance, meetings with potential funders and collaborators, data collection, and travel. Grants will not provide salary offset or summer salary, computers, student stipends, or tuition.

Period of activity

All funds must be used within one year of the award date.


Interested faculty should submit a proposal including:

  • A description of background, objectives, activities, work plan, expected outputs,             beneficiaries, and impact (not to exceed 2,000 words)
  • Plans for pursuing future research and external funding
  • A detailed budget with justification of expenses
  • Curriculum Vitae for principal faculty involved
  • Human subjects approval, where necessary

Online application

The online application will be open in July 2017.

More information

Please contact Dr. Heike Michelsen, Associate Director for Academic Programming for the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies (, tel. 607-255-8926).