Creative. Collaborative. Consequential.

Project submission deadline: September 10th

3 Cavaliers is a rapid seed funding program that enables creative, collaborative, consequential research ideas.

The 3C program provides support for groups of three collaborative faculty members spread across at least two disparate disciplines, located in different units or schools, to self-assemble, formulate and explore creative, high-risk, high-payoff interdisciplinary research ideas that might not be ready for more traditional funding.

  • July, 2018:                                Website open
  • September 10, 2018:              Project submission deadline
  • September 24, 2018:              Funds available
  • Sept. 24 — Dec. 10, 2018:      Additional projects
  • December, 2019:                     Symposium

Additional Program Details Powerpoint

What is 3 Cavaliers?

Seed Funding for $60K and $15K projects. Three faculty collaborating on a new idea. The goal of this program is to empower faculty creativity and significantly advance our interdisciplinary research culture.

A faculty expertise database. A single database containing profiles of all UVA faculty members with data feeds to automatically update specific fields.

This program will be available in July 2018. Funding will begin September 2018.

ERI’s Involvement

The institute supports transdisciplinary research and training at the intersection of environmental change and human well-being. The mission of the institute is to accelerate the rate of discovery, train the next generation of leaders in integrative research, and link science with policy on regional to global scales. While the institute’s focus areas evolve over time to reflect opportunities and need, current priorities for ERI funding are Climate Resilience, Water and Energy Security, and Environment and Health.


Please contact Cheryl Wagner ( or visit to learn more about the 3C program. Please contact ERI Program Manager, Jonah Fogel, to discuss proposal specific questions.