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Innovation for Impact Fund

Use-Inspired Research Co-Created With Partner Organizations

How to Apply


The Atkinson-TNC IIF cycle is closed:

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Cornell Atkinson brings together experts and innovators to deliver large-scale, long-term sustainability solutions. Through the Innovation for Impact Fund (IIF), we support basic andapplied research with a clear pathway to impact and an emphasis on actionable, short-term results.

IIF issues calls-for-proposals that are designed with our partners--leading players in practice, policy and products--to jointly develop and test evidence-based solutions to some of the world's more intractable sustainability problems. Successful IIF projects create interdisciplinary teams with both Cornell and external partners, demonstrate new concepts, pilot applications of scientific discoveries, and implement real-world practices that can shape development policy or programming, develop tools, and build research and development capacity.


Current IIF Partners:

Environmental Defense Fund

The EDF-Atkinson 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.

Our partnership with The Nature Conservancy has funded collaborative research projects to address a range of pressing sustainability challenges including soil-based climate mitigation solutions in Zambia, advanced bioacoustics for wildlife conservation in Indonesia, and modeling and optimization of renewable energy deployment in the Amazon region.


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