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Seed Grants

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Application Deadline: October 29, 2021

The Einaudi Center's faculty seed grant program advances international research and education at Cornell and supports international activities and events.

We offer one cycle of funding annually, with applications opening in the fall and awards by early February. Our seed grant program awarded $140,000 in 2021–22. Read about some of the research Einaudi has seeded in past years.

Funding Priorities

Einaudi seed grants promote the work of internationally engaged Cornell faculty. The awards seed faculty's interdisciplinary research and educational initiatives and support international studies workshops and seminars organized under faculty leadership.

All disciplines, topics, and themes are welcome. We give preference to proposals that align with the Einaudi Center's global research priorities. Our 2021 priorities are Racial Justice, Migrations, and Democratic Resilience.

Funding Criteria for Research

Successful research proposals fulfill the following criteria. The project ...

  • Engages faculty from across different disciplines and colleges;
  • Creates networks for international studies that connect scholars from across the university and around the world;
  • Generates new knowledge of key economic, environmental, social, cultural, or political problems in the world; and
  • Produces long-term benefits to international studies at Cornell.

In addition, seed grants for research must launch external funding requests with high potential of securing follow-on funding.

Funding Criteria for Workshops and Events

Successful proposals for event support fulfill the following criteria. The event ...

  • Increases the global understanding and competence of faculty, students, international partners, and/or the general public;
  • Generates valuable discussion and knowledge of key economic, environmental, social, cultural, or political problems in the world; and
  • Produces clear benefits to international studies at Cornell.


Not to exceed $10,000. 


Tenured and tenure-track Cornell faculty are eligible to apply. Faculty-led programs and centers across campus, in all Cornell colleges and schools, are also eligible for the awards.

Note: The Einaudi Center will not accept proposals from previous awardees whose projects are still in progress or recipients who failed to submit a final report by the deadline stated in the award letter.

Supported Activities

Seed grants can support any of the following activities and expenses:

  • Data collection
  • Travel
  • Meetings with potential funders and collaborators
  • Research assistance
  • Public engagement initiatives
  • Course development
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Virtual networks

Grants may not be used for salary offset or summer salary, computers, student stipends, or tuition.

Period of Activity

All funds must be used within one year of the award date.

How to Apply

Interested faculty must submit a proposal:

  • Statement including objectives, activities, work plan, expected outputs, beneficiaries, and impact (not to exceed 2,000 words)
  • Plans for pursuing future research and external funding (for research)
  • Human subjects approval, where necessary (for research)
  • Detailed budget with justification of expenses
  • Curriculum vitae for principal faculty


Please contact Rick Lee if you have questions about the seed grant program or your application. 

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