Climate Research Clusters
The new Climate Research Clusters program will support ambitious endeavors that produce useful and practical solutions to climate problems. Research clusters will represent interdisciplinary, cross-School efforts to take on climate problems that are narrow enough to ensure that concrete solutions emerge, but broad enough that the solutions represent significant progress in meeting the world’s climate challenge.
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The OVCPS has created a consultative process to facilitate the development of strong proposals to the Climate Research Clusters Program. This process includes Q&A sessions, a networking reception, presentations of proposed projects, and consultations with prospective project teams. Please indicate whether you would like to participate in any of these events by using the respective RSVP links. While we encourage engagement in this process, participation in these events is optional.
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The result of each research cluster will be a concrete proposal to address an aspect of the climate crisis based on the new knowledge produced. Research clusters will comprise Harvard University faculty, post-docs, and students, and they may include visiting scholars, practitioners, and other external collaborators.
Explore the RFP
The Office of the Vice Provost for Climate & Sustainability will award grants of up to $600,000 per research cluster, per year, for a period of up to three years. A 500-word concept proposal is due by May 20, 2022.
The Harvard Gazette
Proposals sought for new Climate Research Clusters Program
As part of the Presidential initiative on climate and sustainability, the Office of the Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability invites proposals from Harvard University ladder faculty for the new Climate Research Clusters Program.
Harvard Climate Internship Program
The Harvard Climate Internship Program (HCIP) is a university-wide program supporting graduate students who work in a climate policy-oriented summer internship. It aims to complement the classroom climate learning experience, build the climate community, showcase future climate leaders, and promote broad representation in the program. Recipients may receive up to $7,000, as well as mentoring and an opportunity to participate in Zoom-based programming with policy practitioners and Harvard faculty. The program is open to any Harvard graduate student who will return to campus for at least one semester after completion of the grant. Students are responsible for securing their own climate-related internships with a public, private, or non-profit organization.
This program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability and the Harvard Kennedy School. The 2022 application cycle is now closed.
Climate Change Solutions Fund
The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund, established by President Emerita Drew Gilpin Faust in 2014, supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world.
Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund
Confronting the challenge of climate
Several awardees discuss their work and the role of the Harvard research community in understanding, counteracting, and mitigating climate change.