The 2030 Project is a university-wide initiative designed to bring ambitious climate research to impact on this critical challenge of our time. We are guided by two core values: climate action that leaves no one behind and scaling local action to global action.
We support climate action that advances human flourishing through opportunity, legitimacy, health, justice, and biodiversity; and we support solutions that position Cornell, Ithaca, New York City, and New York State as models for equitable decarbonization and climate preparation while sharing and scaling these models to the world.
Research-to-Impact “Fast Grants”
To enable Cornell faculty to seize urgent and unique opportunities, The 2030 Project and Cornell Atkinson offer Fast Grants to provide immediate support for impact-oriented climate research and are expected to be in the $10,000 – $25,000 range.
The executive leadership team and faculty advisory committee of The 2030 Project encourage Cornell faculty collaborators to think big to accelerate the large-scale, long-term solutions required in the initiative’s designated action areas.
What could you achieve with $10 million – $100 million for your research team and external partners?
Benjamin Z. Houlton the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and David M. Lodge the Francis J. DiSalvo Director of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability serve as co-chairs of the 2030 Project. They are joined by founding deans Lynden A. Archer the Joseph Silbert Dean of the College of Engineering and Ray Jayawardhana the Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences as well as deans and faculty across Cornell to guide the university-wide effort. Ben Furnas ‘06 serves as the Executive Director of The 2030 Project.
A faculty advisory committee is connecting researchers and resources across the university:
Geoffrey W. Coates (Tisch University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology)
Margaret Frey (Vincent V. C. Woo Professor in Fiber Science and Apparel Design)
Greeshma Gadikota (Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Maureen R. Hanson (Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics)
Mario Herrero (Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences, Department of Global Development)
Stephen Hilgartner (Frederic J. Whiton Professor of Liberal Studies, Department of Science and Technology Studies)
Natalie M. Mahowald (Irving Porter Church Professor in Engineering, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Karl Pillemer (Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Psychology, Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine)