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Academic Venture Fund

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Academic Venture Fund

Seed Funding for Innovative, Interdisciplinary Research

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.

Projects span the entire range of sustainability topics, prioritizing resilient rural-urban systems across our primary research themes—Food, Climate, Energy, Health, Water, and Conservation Finance. Cornell Atkinson has granted 146 awards since 2008, for projects from every college on the Cornell campus.

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.

Additional Funding

  • Applicants may add up to $10,000 to their AVF proposal to support undergraduate community-engaged research opportunities. This additional funding is offered through Cornell Atkinson’s partnership with the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement.
  • Awardees may apply for supplemental funding of up to $25,000, enabling the participation and engagement of external organizations or communities in the research project to incorporate diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and expertise

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The 2022 Cycle Is Closed

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