Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to the Urban Grand Challenge. The goal is to encourage research, teaching, mentorship, and service activities related to environment and the urban setting. The deadline for written proposals is June 1. A selection committee will review the proposals, and awards will be made in July.
Two types of awards will be considered:
The Urban Challenge is one of several long-term research and teaching cooperatives that comprise the Grand Challenges program – a campus-wide initiative that addresses complex global environmental challenges with scientific, technological, and policy dimensions. A critical component of Grand Challenges is the integration of faculty scholarship with innovative undergraduate research supervision and college teaching, with outcomes including undergraduate research fellowships, mentoring of independent projects, and the introduction of new courses to the curriculum.
With the majority of the world’s population now living in urban areas, it is more urgent than ever to examine ways in which existing and future cities can present viable and sustainable models. We seek to create an innovative program that combines the study of the urban, natural, and socio-economic systems with a goal of identifying solutions that are sensitive to environmental issues including global change, water resource management, energy efficiency, technological solutions to urban challenges, human and environmental health, as well as equity and fairness, poverty and jobs creation, race, ethnicity, and more intangible notions of belonging.
The Urban Challenge aims to bridge the environmental sciences, social sciences, engineering and technology, design, and the humanities to explore the complex and interrelated issues of the urban environment with an eye towards transformative growth, revival, resilience and sustainability. We seek to enrich and advance research into the forces shaping cities, past and present; how these forces are being transformed by the rapid pace of technological innovation; and how they can be guided to improve future cities.
Preference will be given to proposals that most effectively:
Proposals should be submitted using the online application form, should be no more than four pages in length, and should include the following:
Questions about this call for proposals should be directed to email@example.com .