Climate Change Solutions Fund

Applications are open for the 2017/18 award cycle as of July 17, 2017.  Please review the RFP here.  Applicants must submit proposals via the Harvard University Funding Portal.

Winners of 2016/17 awards have been announced. Read more here.   

For in-depth profiles of the 2015 winners please click here.

On April 7, 2014, President Drew Gilpin Faust announced the creation of the Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund (CCSF) to support research initiatives intended to hasten the transition from carbon-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, and to propel innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy and a greener world. To launch this Fund as an element of the University’s broader fundraising efforts for energy and environment, President Faust has committed $1 million in grant funding to be allocated at the outset of the 2014-2015 academic year.


Confronting Climate Change

A downloadable PDF version of Confronting Climate Change can be found below. 

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Climate Change Solutions Fund

About the Fund

The prospect of long-term global climate change—as well as immediate threats to the natural environment—requires the transformation of the energy system on which we rely.  Eighty percent of the world’s energy is currently derived from the combustion of fossil fuels.  Meeting the anticipated growth in world energy demand—from population growth as well as rising living standards in emerging economies—through reliance on these resources alone would be difficult, costly, and environmentally damaging.  Two of the greatest challenges of our time are to change the energy system and

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How much funding is available?

Research grants of up to $150,000 will be available. Up to $1 million in total grant funding is to be allocated for the upcoming funding rounds. 

2014 Climate Change Solutions Fund Award Winners

Reducing Food Waste As A Key to Addressing Climate Change
Emily Broad Leib, Harvard Law School 

Currently, food waste contributes significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions. In this regard, the Food Law and Policy Clinic proposes to identify key legal and policy levers that impact how much food is wasted by researching and advocating for changes in state and federal legislation regarding the expiration date system used on food

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CCSF Review Committee Members 2014- 2016

Members of the CCSF Review Committee 2014 – 2016

Richard D. MuCullough – Vice Provost for Research; Professor of Materials Science

Jeremy Bloxham (FAS) – Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth and Planetary   Sciences; Dean of Science

William Clark (HKS) – Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development

Claudine Gay (FAS) - Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and African American Studies

Tina Grotzer (GSE) – Associate Professor of Education

James Hammitt

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