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Ohio State Sustainability Funding Opportunities

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February 10, 2022

OSEP Academic Collaboration Awards

In 2017, The Ohio State University and Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) entered into a comprehensive energy management partnership, launching an unprecedented energy efficiency program and establishing the university as an international leader in sustainability. As part of its commitment to academic collaboration, OSEP will contribute $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes. Working with OSEP, the Office of Academic Affairs will offer a request for proposals to advance university priorities and promote interdisciplinary and community collaboration.

In 2022, this grant award program will align with Ohio State’s sustainability goals and support the continuation of successful initiatives or the development/implementation of new programs or research projects that continue the trajectory of meeting the sustainability goals.

Eligibility: Faculty, staff, students
Award Amount: $10,000 - $50,000
Application Deadline: February 11, 2022
More Information: Application Materials
Contact: Jody Poth, Program Director, Office of Outreach and Engagement

Sustainability Research Seed Grant

To build capacity in sustainability and resilience research at Ohio State, the Sustainability Institute offers this grant award program for new interdisciplinary research teams to lay a foundation for convergence research. This funding will support teams of scholars from at least two distinct disciplines relating to one or more of the Sustainability Institute research program areas.

Eligibility: Faculty
Award Amount: $25,000 (average amount)
Application Deadline: February 28, 2022
More Information: Application Materials
Contact: Courtney Price, Research Program Manager, Sustainability Institute

Student Sustainability Grant         

To advance education, research, innovation and partnerships related to sustainability, the Sustainability Institute offers this grant funding opportunity to support student research or projects in sustainability and resilience. Priority is given to student research or projects that directly impact university operations; incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion themes; and/or connect communities and allow opportunities to use Ohio State campuses as living laboratories.

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate, graduate and professional students
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Application Deadline: March 11, 2022
More Information: Application Materials
Contact: Gina Jaquet, Sustainability Education and Learning Director, Sustainability Institute

Sustainability Proposal Development Grant

This grant award program, offered by the Sustainability Institute, will support teams of scholars from two or more distinct disciplines in the development of external funding proposals relating to one or more of the Sustainability Institute research program areas. The target funding opportunity must have a submission date on or before December 31, 2023, and preference will be given to teams pursuing funding to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, human health or environmental justice.

Eligibility: Faculty
Award Amount: $5,000 - $20,000
Application Deadline: Rolling (submissions accepted through June 1, 2022)
More Information: Application Materials
Contact: Courtney Price, Research Program Manager, Sustainability Institute

Interdisciplinary Research Enabling Initiative

This initiative is a wide-ranging effort by 10 separate Ohio State entities, led by the Translational Data Analytics Institute, to advance interdisciplinary science, scholarship and creative expression that address pressing societal challenges, including sustainability and climate change. This initiative includes pilot grant awards, proposal development grants, interdisciplinary postdoc fellows and facilitated workshops.

This initiative offers the following opportunities:

Pilot Awards
Eligibility: Faculty
Award Amount: Up to $50,000
Application Deadline: February 21, 2022

Scaling Grants
Eligibility: Faculty
Award Amount: $10,000 (average amount)
Application Deadline: Rolling (until annual funding is exhausted)

More Information about the Interdisciplinary Research Enabling Initiative: Initiative Overview
Contact: Courtney Price, Research Program Manager, Sustainability Institute

Ohio State Sustainability Fund

The Ohio State Sustainability Fund (OSSF) was established to support improvement of the sustainability profile of the university through efforts that improve campus operations and lead to increased learning and innovation or more sustainable practices in the university community. All project proposals must advance Ohio State’s sustainability goals and be conducted on Ohio State properties. The Sustainability Institute will evaluate all project proposals for eligibility and impact. Following a favorable evaluation, project proposals are then presented to the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability for advice prior to final funding decisions.

Eligibility: Faculty, staff, students
Award Amount: Open
Application Deadline: Rolling (until annual funding is exhausted)
More Information: Application Materials
Contact: Mike Shelton, Associate Director, Sustainability Institute

Sustainability Education Grant     

The Sustainability Education and Learning Committee (SELC), administered by the Sustainability Institute, supports the development of sustainability-themed courses at all Ohio State campuses. SELC offers the Sustainability Education Grant Program to assist in the revision of existing 3-credit-hour General Education (GE) courses or the development of new 3-credit-hour GE courses, to increase sustainability-themed course offerings.

NOTE: GE theme approval is a separate process from this grant program. The usual approval processes for GE courses must be followed and funding by this program does not guarantee GE course approval.

Eligibility: Faculty or academic units
Award Amount: Up to $500 for conversion of existing courses, up to $2,000 for development of new courses
Application Deadline: Rolling (until annual funding is exhausted, with priority to proposals that specify plans to submit a request for GE course approval by July 1, 2022)
More Information: Application Materials
Contact: Gina Jaquet, Sustainability Education and Learning Director, Sustainability Institute