Rapid Response Fund
The RRF cycle is always open:
- Contact a faculty director about your proposal
- Cornell faculty are eligible
- Email proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
ACSF's Rapid Response Fund (RRF) facilitates urgent or time-sensitive sustainability research, workshops, and other activities. With unusually flexible guidelines, the RRF is a source of funding for smaller projects that cover a broad range of sustainability initiatives. RRF awards are often used to generate preliminary results needed to compete for targeted external funding or to help finance sustainability-related events.
RRF proposals are evaluated by ACSF’s leadership team on a rolling basis. PIs and co-PIs must meet PI eligibility requirements listed on the VP-Research website.
We strongly urge anyone planning to request RRF funding to
discuss the project with a faculty director before submitting a proposal.
Moose in the Mountains
Visitors to the Adirondacks love to spot a moose. New York State's population of the iconic largest species in the deer family is now under 1,000, while white-tailed deer are thriving—and spreading parasites that can be deadly to moose. Wildlife disease ecologist Krysten Schuler and her team are tracking moose parasite infections and mapping deer population density to identify deer management strategies to protect vital habitats for the Adirondacks' moose.
Framing Climate Change
Some climate change messages are too dreary for us to handle. Adam Levine is analyzing the effect of personal relevance on people's willingness to take action against climate change. Messages that focus on individual health or food availability, for example, grab listeners' attention, but are less motivating than more hopeful messages. Levine is using his results to find better ways to communicate urgent sustainability messages. Read more in the Huffington Post.
The Earth is heating up. Species extinctions and decreasing crop yields are some immediate impacts of rising average annual temperatures, Linda Mearns of the National Center for Atmospheric Research told a Cornell audience in May. ACSF funding brought Mearns to campus as a part of a series of public Climate Change Seminars organized by Peter Hess. Watch Mearn’s lecture. Learn more about the seminar series.
Save the Rainwater
The islands of the Mediterranean are famous for their blue waters—but getting enough clean drinking water is an ongoing problem. This team is testing an old water-management strategy that could still work today. Gail Holst-Warhaft and her colleagues are studying ancient cisterns and how they collect and preserve rainwater. They plan to apply cistern technology on Thera and neighboring islands to address local water scarcity.
Please submit a short proposal (up to three pages) at email@example.com. The proposal must include:
- A concise title.
- A clear statement of the deadline for ACSF decision.
- A one- or two-paragraph description of the proposed activity and the project's urgency.
- A clear set of objectives and a compelling vision of what the project will achieve, including details of expected outcomes.
- Indicate if cost-sharing is needed and how it will be obtained.
- A budget and justification (budget template in Excel format). Awards usually do not exceed $20,000.
- Contact information: names, departments, and NetIDs of the PIs and other key participants.
- The names of external collaborators, if applicable.