PEI Announces a Call for Proposals to the Urban Grand Challenge

Igor Heifetz ・ Princeton Environmental Institute

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.

Two types of awards will be considered:

  • Small seed grants ($10,000 to $50,000 over 2 years) to support initial and exploratory projects that may be scaled up into larger and more comprehensive activities.
  • Larger grants (up to $150,000 over 2 years) to support new initiatives that require a significant early investment of resources. Proposals for large grants should cite the investigator(s)’ preliminary works that provide a basis for the intended activity.

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.