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Salata Institute

The Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability

A groundbreaking new home for research, teaching, and engagement, the Institute was established to catalyze research programs across Harvard’s vast community of scholars, students, practitioners, and staff.

The Institute will turn climate research into real-world solutions, and enable comprehensive University-wide education in climate and environmental fields.

The Mission

Developing and promoting durable, effective, and equitable solutions to the climate change challenges confronting humanity.


The Salata Institute stimulates research that informs useful, practical, and equitable solutions to the world’s climate and related environmental problems.

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  • The Climate Research Clusters Program

    The Program supports ambitious endeavors that produce useful and practical solutions to climate problems. Research clusters comprise interdisciplinary, cross-School teams that receive $1.8 million in funding over three years.

  • Climate and Environment Seed Grant

    This grant program will enable researchers already working in the climate area to launch novel projects that are in their early exploration or development phases. The program also allows Harvard scholars to more easily transition into climate-related research.

  • The Climate Change Solutions Fund

    This fund supports climate-related research conducted by individual scholars or small research teams in any field. In 2022, ten research teams shared $1.3 million in grant awards. Aiming for impact at both the local and global level, these projects will seek to reduce climate risks, increase renewable energy, and better understand the effects of climate change.

  • HUCE Environmental Fellows Program

    Administered by the Harvard University Center for the Environment within the Salata Institute, the Environmental Fellows Program enables recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental issues. Post-doctoral Fellows work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to form a community of researchers that strengthens connections across the University.

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Advancing Climate Education

Report on the Future of Climate Education at Harvard University: The report outlines concrete steps the University can take towards achieving these goals, including hiring additional faculty, creating a new standing committee to oversee implementation and an outside advisory panel, and establishing a climate education accelerator to foster needed changes. The report envisions new courses in every discipline, increased internship and fellowship opportunities, assistance for faculty in fields not traditionally linked to climate, who want to incorporate it in classes, and additional resources to support these initiatives.

Student Organization Funding Pilot Program: The Salata Institute’s Student Group Funding Pilot Program will support student organizations across Harvard University that jointly undertake climate-focused initiatives.

Apply by the December 5 deadline

HUCE Summer Undergraduate Research Fund: This program provides financial support for undergraduate student research projects related to the environment under the supervision of a faculty member.

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From Research to Action

Drawing on Harvard’s research strengths, global reach, and unique ability to gather stakeholders across all sectors, the Institute will conduct and coordinate engagement and outreach to facilitate the development of concrete, actionable work by Harvard researchers. The Institute will bring climate leadership discussions to campus, through larger symposia with climate decision makers designed to inform and influence the public discourse to drive forward real-world, practical, and durable climate solutions.

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Joint Initiatives

Environmental Humanities
In academic year 2022-2023, the Institute is supporting the programming of the Mahindra Center for the Humanities by providing funding for visitors, speaker honoraria, a climate and environmental lunch series, and supporting events aimed at connecting work in the arts and humanities with climate work in policy and science.

Harvard Climate Internship Program
The Harvard Climate Internship Program is a university-wide initiative supporting graduate students who work in climate policy-oriented summer internships. The Program showcases future climate leaders, and promotes broad representation. 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 represents a collaboration among the Salata Institute, the Harvard Kennedy School Office of the Dean, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.

Institute Leadership

Director James H. Stock

Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard University; the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Executive Director George Sarrinikolaou

Harvard University’s Assistant Provost for Climate and Sustainability. He brings more than twenty years of experience in sustainability management in higher education, the nonprofit sector, and government.