Funding Opportunities

Dean's Point of Opportunity Hiring Program

These funds can be used to recruit outstanding minority faculty, especially African-American, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American faculty in areas where members of these groups are under-represented, and for the recruitment of other faculty with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equal educational opportunity as evident in their research, teaching or service and mentoring activities. The Point-of-Opportunity appointments of outstanding candidates, at either the tenure-eligible or the tenured ranks, who advance the diversity goals of SEAS and the University. This appointment will be centrally supported for five years before departments assume responsibility for adsorbing them into their regular faculty rosters through the retirement or departure of other colleagues.

For more information on this program, please contact Neil McClure, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources via telephone at (212) 854-0536 or by Email at


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Each of the 26 granting agencies will begin posting their funding opportunities, and requiring submission to according to their own timetable. Regularly visit agency websites to keep abreast of their evolving migration to electronic posting and receipt of applications. Please visit for more information.


Advance Funding For Women Faculty

The Earth Institute NSF ADVANCE Program provides funding for women scientists, departments and research centers. Funding is available for:

  • Network-building research workshops chaired by women scientists;
  • Transition support during times of family care-giving;
  • Visiting fellows affiliated with the Earth Institute or School of Engineering and Applied Science;
  • Departments seeking to recruit, retain, and advance women scientists.

What is ADVANCE? Funded by a five-year, $4.2 million NSF award, the ADVANCE Program at the Earth Institute seeks to increase the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women scientists and engineers at Columbia.

For more information visit or contact:

Jennifer Laird, ADVANCE Assistant Director
(845) 365 8620


Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives, Professional Schools Fund

The Professional Schools Fund provides funding to help recruit and retain outstanding women and minority faculty, especially Black/African-American, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American/American Indian faculty, in areas where members of these groups are under-represented, as well as those faculty with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equal educational opportunity as evident in their research, teaching, or service and mentoring activities. Funding is available for:

  • Short-Term Visiting Fellowships;
  • Long-Term Visiting Fellowships;
  • Research Fellowships

The proposal deadlines Academic Year 2007-2008 are December 1, 2007 and March 15, 2008

For more information on the office of the Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives, please visit or contact:

Andrea Thomas, Executive Assistant
(212) 854 0105

New York Academy of Sciences: Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

The New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists have been created to celebrate the excellence of our most noteworthy and innovative young scientists from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Up to six awards will recognize accomplishments in life, physical and social sciences and engineering by providing up to $25,000 in unrestricted funds. These awards have been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Blavatnik Charitable Trust.
The Blavatnik Awards recognize the achievements of young scientists and engineers who have contributed significantly to interdisciplinary research. We will recognize accomplishments in life, physical, and social sciences, and engineering. The awards will be distributed in the following categories:


Original research conducted as an academic faculty member at an institution in NY, NJ or CT. Preliminary, doctoral or postdoctoral work does not qualify.
Up to 4 awards at $25,000, 6 finalists at $5,000


Research conducted at a company in NY, NJ or CT.
1 award at $25,000, 2 finalists at $5,000


Research completed as a postdoctoral scholar in NY, NJ or CT. Only work completed after the granting of a PhD or equivalent degree is eligible.
1 award at $15,000, 2 finalists at $5,000

For mor information on the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists vist


Google Research Awards

Google is committed to helping develop new technologies that will help its users find and use information. While Google does significant in-house engineering, they also maintain strong ties with academic institutions that are doing world-class research in areas such as information retrieval, artificial intelligence, and systems. Part of Googles mission is to develop the most advanced and usable methods for information access, and have developed the Google Research Awards program to provide funding support to researchers at academic institutions working on problems relevant to Google's mission.

Click here for more infomration on the Google Research Award. (PDF)


NYSTAR Faculty Development Program

The Faculty Development Program provides interim State assistance to either attract distinguished faculty from throughout the world to New York's academic research centers or retain leading researchers already working in Institutions of Higher Education in New York. Faculty receiving funding from this program are expected to develop, define, and conduct nationally and internationally recognized research with strong commercial potential; act as the focal point for multidisciplinary Research Teams in the institution; attract additional external funding from federal, foundation, and other public and private sources; and participate in entrepreneurial enterprises that will benefit New York State. Applicant Institutions may request up to a total of $750,000 over a period of up to three years to support the activities described. NYSTAR requires significant matching funds commitment.

Candidates must apply under one of the following five Technology Foci that hold significant potential for expanding the New York State economy. Proposals submitted in a Technology Focus other than one of these five and/or in an application area of a Technology Focus beyond the scope of the following will not be eligible:

  • Biotechnology
  • Energy and Environmental systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Computational Sciences
  • Material Sciences

For detailed information regarding the guidelines for this program, please link to NYSTAR website for downloadable Request for Proposals at this URL:

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