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Faculty seed grants

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The Einaudi Center’s biannual faculty seed grant program is designed to advance international interdisciplinary research and education at Cornell. Tenured and tenure-track Cornell faculty are eligible, as are faculty-led programs and centers within the university.

Online application

The online application is now closed.


Next funding cycle: October 21, 2020 (awards announced in December).


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 cannot accept proposals from previous 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

Supported activities

Grants may 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.

  • A description of background, objectives, activities, work plan, expected outputs, beneficiaries, and impact (not to exceed 2,000 words)
  • A brief description of existing affiliations or partnerships that you have with the Einaudi Center and its programs, and/or how you would expect to benefit from collaborating through this grant program (included as an addendum to the project proposal)
  • Plans for pursuing future research and external funding
  • A detailed budget with justification of expenses; additional funds of $2,000-3,000 may be used to "top-up" the award if they fund activities or outputs planned in partnership with the Einaudi Center or its programs
  • Curriculum Vitae for principal faculty involved
  • Human subjects approval, where necessary