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RCEI Groundwork Grants

Rutgers Climate and Energy Institute recognizes that navigating the complex landscape of grant applications can often be daunting. RCEI’s Groundwork Grants are conceived to serve as a catalyst, empowering affiliates of RCEI to develop comprehensive, competitive external funding proposals. These modest planning grants are offered to RCEI affiliates, including tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty, and staff scientists.

This grant will fund capacity building activities such as:

  • organizing collaborative meetings or workshops;
  • fostering networking opportunities;
  • analyzing existing data or models for use in external funding proposals; and
  • literature review for preparation of external funding proposals.

Refer to our Budget Guidelines document for what this grant will not fund.

Proposals must use funds to develop a project or idea aligned with the specified theme below with the goal of applying for external funding. A statement of affirmation that you will submit a proposal for external funding is required. Proposals that include some form of matching and/or in-kind contributions are welcome, but matching is not required.  There is a limit of one grant application per faculty/staff member per cycle.

Submission for the 2024 RCEI Groundwork Grants is now open through June 7, 2024 at 5:00 PM.