Impact through Innovation Fund
The EDF Impact through Innovation Fund cycle is open:
CARE - cycle closed
The goal of all Atkinson Center programs is impact. The Impact through Innovation Fund connects our non-academic partners — all leading players in policy and program activity — with the research capacity at Cornell so we can jointly develop and test evidence-based solutions to some of the world's more intractable challenges.
Current collaborators include CARE, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
The Impact through Innovation Fund (IIF) issues regular calls-for-proposals that are designed with our partners to address gaps in research needed to "move the needle" on a implementation or promising strategy. Successful IIF projects create teams made up of people from both Cornell and the external partner, demonstrate new concepts, pilot applications of scientific discoveries, test interventions so real-world practice can shape development policy or programming, develop tools to improve sustainable and equitable development, energy or environmental programming, and build research and development capacity.
The IIF supports basic or applied research with a clear pathway to impact and an emphasis on actionable results.
Active IIF Programs
This unique alliance connects Cornell research teams with CARE staff on the ground in communities around the world, speeding delivery of science-based solutions. Cornell scientists also provide background research to inform CARE positions on policy issues related to international food assistance and relief aid.
The EDF-ACSF partnership aims to accelerate problem-solving research relevant to national and international policy discussions and catalyze the rapid integration of new research into effective policy, addressing urgent environmental and public health challenges.