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Academic Venture Fund

Seed Funding for Innovative, Interdisciplinary Research

How to Apply

Eligibility:

The AVF cycle is open:

The Academic Venture Fund (AVF) is our incubator for the next generation of sustainable solutions. The AVF seeds original, interdisciplinary research that is not likely to find funding elsewhere because the projects are novel, risky, need early data to establish traction, or involve new teams working together.

The AVF provides roughly $1.5 million in funding annually, typically supporting 10 to 15 projects a year across a range of themes, including food security, climate risk, energy transitions, and One Health. For more information on these research areas and opportunities for collaboration, visit the Cornell Atkinson research page.

AVF projects often draw in external partners from industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as well as local leaders and community members. External organizations or individuals interested in partnering for AVF research should contact the senior director of strategic partnerships, Patrick Beary.

Awards 2008-2019

The 2017 Academic Venture Fund awarded $1.8 million to 15 new research teams, to seed novel approaches to some of the world's greatest sustainability challenges. Cornell's new Master of Public Health (MPH) is co-sponsoring three projects, thanks to a gift from David Atkinson.

The 2016 Academic Venture Fund awarded 14 new projects a total of $1.5 million for cross-disciplinary research. (Download award summary)

For the second year in a row, in 2015 the Academic Venture Fund crossed the $1 million mark, awarding 11 new projects a total of $1.2 million. (Download award summary)

The Academic Venture Fund crossed the $1 million mark for the first time this year, with twelve selections, for total funding of more than $1.4 million. (Download award summary)

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future selected 9 research projects for its 2013 Academic Venture Fund awards, with total funding of approximately $860,000 in 2013. (Download award summary)

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future selected 10 research projects, with total funding of approximately $735,000 in 2012. (Download award summary)

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future selected 10 research projects, with total funding of $662,509 in 2011. (Download award summary)

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future selected 6 research projects and 2 workshops for its 2010 Academic Venture Fund Awards, totaling nearly $600,000. (Download award summary)

ACSF awarded 5 AVF grants totaling over $500,000 in 2009. (Download award summary)

ACSF awarded 7 research projects and 5 workshops roughly $800,000 in 2008. (Download award summary)

 

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