The Environmental Resilience Institute solicits projects twice a year through its Collaborative Laboratory (CoLab) seed grant program.  CoLab projects to help faculty work across disciplines in new areas of inquiry. With the launch of these initiatives, the Institute continues to play a critical role in catalyzing, supporting, and integrating socio-environmental research across the university.

  • Cost-effective air filters for developing countries and studying population response to air pollution
  • Urban air pollution, colonial policies, and their legacies on the poor in Dakar, Senegal 
  • Quantifying the benefits and costs of energy sector resilience in the US


Research fostered by the institute enables decision-makers––from home-owners to city administrators to business owners––to make informed choices and consider a set of actionable policy options.  We are fundamentally advancing the way resilience and sustainability research gets done by using cutting-edge observation, modeling, and visualization tools to understand socio-environmental systems. UVA faculty across the university are finding novel insights using big data, technological innovation, and the integration of design and research thinking to help our partners see their interconnected world at multiple scales.