Catalyst Program Funding Available for Research on Environmental Policy Challenges

Deadline: April 7, 2017

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions has created a program that aims to prompt additional collaborations and support expansions of existing partnerships between Duke faculty and Nicholas Institute staff on research, convenings and the like.

The Catalyst Program will provide awards of up to $20,000 for use during the 2018 fiscal year to each successful proposal.

“The Nicholas Institute wants to continue to grow our work and partnerships in new frontiers of research with new expert partners around the Duke campus,” said Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.  “This program is intended to encourage these new partnerships between Nicholas Institute staff and Duke faculty members across campus as well as expand existing partnerships in research areas of mutual interest and with those of complementary technical expertise to conduct work that creates innovative policy solutions furthering our mission.

The Nicholas Institute’s mission is to help decision makers create timely, effective, and economically practical solutions to the world’s critical environmental challenges. To build on this mission, projects must connect Nicholas Institute senior staff with Duke faculty to develop new or emergent ideas related to environmental policy challenges at the federal, state, and local level, and they must build on the core competencies of both co-chairs.

The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m., April 7. Winning projects will be reviewed by the Nicholas Institute’s Strategic Advisory Committee, and final award decisions will be announced no later than April 30.

To submit a proposal, send an electronic PDF of your proposal to It should be a maximum of four pages and include a proposal narrative that articulates (1) the question or problem that the project proposes to explore; (2) the project goals; (3) proposed activities or work plan, including timeframes; and (4) anticipated outcome or impact. An explanation of how metrics will be used to quantify the project’s impact should be included as well as a sustainability and engagement plan if applicable.

For more information on eligibility and application requirements, please visit the Nicholas Institute website.