HMEI Biodiversity Challenge announces inaugural call for proposals

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) is seeking innovative research and teaching proposals from Princeton University faculty and senior research staff for the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund (Biodiversity Challenge), the latest research and teaching cooperative established under the HMEI Grand Challenges program. The goal is to encourage research, teaching and mentorship focused on enhancing our understanding of biodiversity and examining the effects of environmental change on biodiversity, while exploring what can be done to stem the loss of biodiversity by directly addressing barriers to conservation.

Priority in the selection process will be given to proposals that allow investigators to move into a new areas of research and/or produce collaborations involving two or more faculty from different academic disciplines and with potential to attract larger extramural grants. Like other Grand Challenges, research projects associated with the Biodiversity Challenge necessarily will include important education-related activities such as courses and/or immersion experiences for undergraduates including multi-year sequences of assignments culminating in robust senior independent work and publishable research. Proposals will be evaluated on how well they address both the teaching and research goals of the Grand Challenges program.

The deadline for written proposals is Sunday, May 30, 2021. A selection committee will review the proposals, and decisions will be announced in June.

Visit the Call for Proposals page for more information and to apply.

The Biodiversity Challenge was established in 2020 through a gift to Princeton from Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron that significantly builds upon the University’s decades-long leadership in studying how biodiversity arises, how it is maintained, and how to sustain it in the face of growing demands for natural resources.