Funding Opportunity

Weyerhaeuser Research Grants

Funded by the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Fund, this grant program supports interdisciplinary faculty research at the intersection of business and the environment to advance practical solutions to critical environmental challenges.

Overview

Every year, the Yale Center for Business and the Environment provides between two and five grants to support research activities at the intersection of business and the environment. Grants range in size from $10,000 to $40,000 and cover no more than 18 months of work.

The goals of this research grant program are to support interdisciplinary and collaborative student-faculty research, increase scholarly research at the intersection of business and the environment, and advance practical solutions to environmental problems. Examples of suitable topics include, but are not limited to: green consumer marketing, energy, environmental and development economics, corporate environmental management and strategy, environmental markets and finance, green design, sustainable business operations, and resource management.

Successful proposals should meet the following criteria:

  • Principle Investigators - At least one of the faculty members must have his or her primary appointment at FES or SOM.
  • Innovative Approaches - Exploring, analyzing and assessing practical and policy-relevant solutions to environmental problems involving businesses and business practices.
  • Scholarly Research - Produce high quality scholarly research likely to result in academic publication.
  • Collaboration with Yale students (strongly encouraged) - In order to foster collaboration between students and faculty, the involvement of student researchers (from Yale graduate programs and Yale College) in proposed research projects is included in the proposal assessment criteria.

Application

Proposal Requirements

Submission of proposals for these research grants includes the following:

  • Proposal - PI or PI’s are to submit a full proposal using this downloadable submission form (single space, 12 pt font): ​File WeyerhaeuserResearchGrant_Application_2017-18.docx
  • The proposal should include:
    • Budget - please indicate any additional funds leveraged for the project
    • Project Timeline and Project Outcomes (including kinds of analyses, policy recommendations, and other outputs)
    • Significance of the Research Project - how it meets the criteria of the RFP
    • Research/Study Questions (if applicable)
    • Project Description - no more than 3 pages
    • Principal Investigators (with CV’s attached)
    • Project Title
    • Cover Letter
  • Submission - The proposals should be submitted in electronic format to cbey@yale.edu by 12:00 p.m. on February 3, 2017.
  • Selection - Grant recipients will be notified by March 3, 2017 of whether or not they have been awarded a faculty research grant. These are competitive grants that will be evaluated and selected by faculty members who will not be participating in the program.
  • Questions - If there are any questions in reference to these research grants, please contact Ellen Abramowitz at  ellen.abramowitz@yale.edu.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated for the following:

  • Significance of the research to advance knowledge in the field of business and the environment.
  • Potential for research conducted to meet standards for publication in scholarly journals; as well as potential policy relevance and impact of the research.
  • Demonstrated capabilities by the PI and project team to deliver results.

Expectations Around Dissemination

Recipients of the grant are expected to be a part of the CBEY community through participation in promotional activities, such as press releases and blog posts. Researchers will also be asked to share their intermediary and final research findings with the broader CBEY community as well. 

Additional expectations include:

  • Research Profiles – Research will be profiled on the Center’s website
  • Presentation – Grantees will be asked to disseminate their findings at a lecture, research seminar, or similar forum in coordination with the Center.
  • Acknowledgment – Research should acknowledge support from the Weyerhaeuser Fund through the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
  • Final Report – This report will feature final findings and  track the progress of your research including publications, future funding and other uses for the research. It will be due at the end of the grant cycle, on October 1, 2018. 

FAQs

What is the purpose of Yale Center for Business and the Environment research grants?

The Center is focused on interdisciplinary, applied, and actionable impact at the nexus between business and the environment. These research grants give faculty and students the opportunity to collaborate and test innovative ideas for viability, scalability, and profitability. The insights from these grants add to CBEY’s ever-growing toolkit for transitioning to a sustainable economy.

 

Can students receive both credit and funding?

Can this count as my Capstone at FES?

Yes, this can go toward supporting your student research costs, but you cannot receive credit and salary for the same project.

 

What is the timing around this?

Applications open in December 2016, and are due on February 3, 2017 at noon. Winners will be selected by March 2017 and funds will be awarded within 60 days. The grant cycle runs from March 2017 through September 2018. The final report will be due on October 1, 2018.

 

Is a student eligible to apply if they are graduating in May and will not be on campus the following fall?

Yes, students who will be graduating in 2017 are eligible to apply.

 

Can the principal/lead investigator not be at Yale?

No, the principle investigator must be at Yale.

 

What are the deliverables?

  • Research Profiles – Research will be profiled on the Center’s website
  • Presentations – Grantees will be asked to disseminate their findings at a lecture, research seminar, or similar forum in coordination with the Center.
  • Acknowledgment – Research should acknowledge support from the Weyerhaeuser Fund through the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
  • Progress Updates – Biannual reports on the progress of research to date. Expected dates of delivery: October 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018.
  • Final Report – This report will feature final findings and  track the progress of your research including publications, future funding and other uses for the research. It will be due at the end of the grant cycle, on October 1, 2018.

 

What are the expectations?

In addition to their research deliverables, grant recipients are expected to be a part of the broader CBEY community. This may include participation in promotional materials, such as press releases and blog posts, as well as sharing intermediary and final findings through various media (blogs, articles) and events (lunch talks, presentations).

 

Fringe Benefit assessment?  What is that/what does it mean?

Fringe benefits are benefits that worker receive beyond salary (i.e. pension, health insurance, etc.). These benefits are applied to faculty, M&Ps, C&Ts and Post Docs.  This does not apply to masters or PhD students. Please see Controller’s Office Fact Sheet to calculate fringe benefits.
 

Where can I find an application to the Sobotka Grant?

As of the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the Center offers one research grant opportunity through the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Fund. This will bring a stronger spirit of student-faculty collaboration to the research conducted at the Center. 

About the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Fund

The F.K Weyerhaeuser Memorial Fund fosters the development of leaders with the commitment and capacity to engage in more effective public and private collaboration on constructive solutions to the problems of forest resources management. The gift strengthens the joint graduate degree program between the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies through support of joint faculty research, creation of new interdisciplinary courses or revision of existing courses, and the development of instructional materials.

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