Climate Change Solutions Fund

The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund established by President Drew Gilpin Faust in 2014 supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world. 

The 2018/19 application cycle closed on October 15, 2018. The 2019/20 cycle will open in July 2019. You may review the 2018/19 RFP here for reference, although changes may be made in advance of the 2019/20 award cycle. Please contact with any questions.

To date there have been four funding cycles, with a total of 31 awards made to research teams across the University. Read about the 2017/18 awardees here.   

Watch the video below to see several awardees discussing their work and the role of the Harvard research community in understanding, counteracting, and mitigating climate change.

The graphic below shows how Harvard is confronting climate change.

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. 

Who will be eligible to apply?

Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.  Junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply.  Harvard Medical School faculty must hold a faculty appointment with PI rights in one of HMS’s basic or social science departments. 

Doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars may apply for an award provided they have an identified faculty mentor who will provide a letter of recommendation and will supervise their...

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CCSF Review Committee Members 2017-2018

Members of the CCSF Review Committee 2017-2018

Richard D. McCullough (Chair) – Vice Provost for Research; Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

James Anderson (FAS) - Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry


Tina Grotzer (GSE) – Associate Professor of Education

James Hammitt (Chan) – Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences

Robin Kelsey (FAS) - Dean of Arts and Humanities; Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography

Richard Lazarus (HLS) – Howard and...

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