President's Global Innovation Fund RFP

Dear Columbia Colleagues:

We are pleased to provide you with the Request for Proposals for the President’s Global Innovation Fund. 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 eight 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.

The President’s Global Innovation Fund will award grants for faculty members to leverage and engage Columbia’s Global Center network.  The program aims to enable the development of new projects and scholarly 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; and Santiago, Chile).  Projects may be sited in Columbia Global Centers’ cities, or in other locations in the regions served by a global center, as long as they leverage Columbia’s global center network.  An overview of Columbia Global Centers, including a description 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 $25,000), for a period of no longer than one year; and project grants (up to $75,000/year), for a period of up to three years.

The deadline for submission of applications is May 30, 2013.   The Request for Proposals can be downloaded here.  Additional RFPs will be issued next year.  We look forward to supporting Columbia faculty as they develop new and exciting projects across the globe.


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