Faculty Funding

Academic Venture Fund Supplemental Grants

Get undergraduate students involved in sustainability research


Academic Venture Fund Supplemental Grants support undergraduate participation in cutting-edge, community-engaged projects funded by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF). The Atkinson Center’s Academic Venture Fund (AVF) “seeds original, multidisciplinary research that is not likely to find funding elsewhere.” Learn more on the center’s website.

AVF Supplemental Grants are intended to support:

Undergraduates in opportunities that connect a research-based experience with the larger public purpose of AVF projects

Strong collaborative environments for students and opportunities for them to work in teams

Opportunities that promote access for all Cornell undergraduates

AVF Supplemental Grants are not intended to support:

Course development or research that has not received an AVF grant from the Atkinson Center


Only faculty teams that have received AVF grants are eligible for this supplemental funding.

Teams must apply for a supplemental grant the year that the Atkinson Center awards the AVF grant.


Supplemental grants up to $10,000 per program for one year; extending awards will align with the Atkinson Center’s policies.

Expectations and Deliverables

Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief end-of-project report using a template that will be provided upon receipt of the grant.


Allowable expenses

Student support*:

  • travel, meals, lodging associated with research conducted off campus
  • direct costs incurred by students while conducting research
  • participation in conferences and/or workshops’
  • costs of publication
  • systems that support the student research experience (software, enrollment in online training, etc.)
  • wages for students (work study, other); Information about Cornell student employment and federal work-study is available online.

* While this mechanism prioritizes the involvement of undergraduates, the inclusion of graduate students in a mentorship or supervisory role may be appropriate. Funding to support graduate student involvement will be considered with proper justification.

Unallowable expenses

Excluded costs include overhead, tuition, capital projects and equipment. For Cornell’s definition of equipment, refer to Appendix B in the university’s Capital Assets policy.

Application Process and Timeline

Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the Office of Engagement Initiatives at any time during the application process.

AVF Application due to Atkinson
March 26, 2018
AVF Award Notification from Atkinson
Late May 2018
Call for Supplement Proposals
May 22, 2018
Supplement Proposal Deadline
June 19, 2018
Notification of Supplement Awards
July 9, 2018
Earliest Start Date for Supplements
July 16, 2018

Selection Criteria

Reviewers look for innovative experiences that broaden undergraduates’ knowledge of community-engaged research.


Proposals must be submitted using the online application form, and include the following information, within the space limits described on the form.

  1. Project title
  2. Name of principal investigator
  3. Target student population (class year(s), major(s)) and number of students anticipated for inclusion in the proposed project
  4. Short narrative that describes the role(s) undergraduate students will play in the research and how that is connected to the community-engaged aspect of the project
    • what will the students do
    • how long and in what capacity will they be involved
    • how will they interact with community partners
    • how will they reflect on their experience
  5. Intended student learning outcomes (what participants will leave the course knowing or being able to do) and description of how you will assess student learning
  6. Full AVF proposal
  7. Signature endorsements from chair or supervisor
  8. Budget, following budget guidelines
  9. Budget justification that is aligned directly with budget categories

Previous Recipients

Questions about your project?

Contact the Office of Engagement Initiatives. We’re here to help.

Email: engagedcornell@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 254-4240