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Apply for Gund Catalyst Awards

Gund Catalyst Awards increase collaborative research at UVM, while advancing our mission: To mobilize scholars and decision makers to understand and tackle critical environmental problems.

Funded proposals address environmental issues at the interface of two or more Gund research themes: climate solutions, sustainable agriculture, health and well-being, resilient communities, and equity and justice.

  • Awards can range from $10,000 to $200,000
  • Proposals can include funding requests for a postdoctoral researcher (new)
  • Proposal deadline: October 13, 2021
  • We anticipate funding 2-3 awards

This RFP is the first of multiple Fall 2021 funding opportunities and events seeking to bolster transdisciplinary research on environmental justice and equity, a new Gund research theme.

Successful proposals combine cutting-edge research and scholarship, real-world engagement and impact, and the promise to grow and attract greater support and recognition.

In five years, Gund Catalyst Awards have issued over $1 million in startup funds, supporting 22 innovative projects and over 100 UVM scholars. These projects have generated over $14M in external funds, a 14-to-1 return on investment, and inspired real world action.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Principal Investigator (PI) on each proposal must be a Gund Fellow.

Proposals can have up to one Co-PI, which can be another Gund Fellow, Gund Affiliate, or any UVM faculty member. Anyone can participate as a Collaborator. 

For full requirements, see the Request for Proposals (RFP).

How to Apply

Proposals will be accepted through the InfoReady Review Portal until 11:59 pm EDT October 13, 2021. 

Required files to upload include:

  • Project proposal (see RFP for instructions)
  • Budget (use template provided in InfoReady)
  • Collaborators list (use template provided in InfoReady)
  • 2-page CVs for PI, Co-PI (if applicable) and each investigator
  • Completed signature page indicating support from the Chair and Dean of PI and Co-PI (if applicable)

See full details and instructions in InfoReady.

Key Dates

  • Applications have closed until next year. 

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