Working group grant competition

Note: This competition is currently closed.

Working Group on Disasters roundtable

Working group grants support the establishment of multidisciplinary groups of scholars working collaboratively on critical global issues. Of special interest are issues that are normally considered technical, but where the stakes for ordinary citizens are high, and where non-technical perspectives are critically important.

It is expected that a typical working group will have a life cycle of two to four years, after which it will either cease to exist; be incorporated into an existing academic department, Einaudi Center program, or other Cornell unit; or become an independent program.

Tenured and tenure-track Cornell faculty are eligible to apply for these grants 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:

  • Include at least five Cornell faculty from different disciplines and at least two Cornell colleges/schools;
  • Engage graduate students from different disciplines;
  • Create networks and platforms for international studies that connect scholars from across the university and around the world;
  • Approach global issues with a holistic, global vision which simultaneously takes into account the unique perspectives of diverse societies, interests, and values;
  • Generate new knowledge that addresses key economic, environmental, social, cultural, or political problems in the world;
  • Have long-term, discernable benefits to international studies at Cornell and produce better policies, practices, and thinking at Cornell and around the world; and
  • 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 reports by the deadline stated in the award letter, or proposals from recipients whose projects are still in progress.

Amount of award

Not to exceed $30,000. Additional funding will become available as we align our public programming – our Distinguished Speaker Series, Lund Debates, Bartels World Affairs Lectures, and faculty roundtables – around these working groups. Each working group will also receive a user-friendly digital workspace for working together on publications and other outputs and for facilitating multilingual interaction and debate. The center plans to award one or two new working groups per year.

Application deadline

Not currently accepting applications.

Supported activities

Grants can support meetings, workshops and virtual networks, speakers, conferences, research assistance, publications and other print or digital outputs. Grants will not provide salary offset or summer salary, computers, student stipends, or tuition.

Period of activity

All funds must be used within three years 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)
  • A detailed budget with justification of expenses
  • Plans for pursuing additional funding
  • Curriculum Vitae for principal faculty involved
  • Human subjects approval, where necessary

More information

Please contact Jason Hecht, Associate Director for Academic Programming, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies,