The University of Virginia Sustainability Fellows are pleased to announce the second call for proposals for student research in climate change solutions. This research competition is funded by a generous grant from David and Joy Peyton. We are soliciting proposals for single or group research projects. Students may be undergraduate or graduate, although for this round of grants, preference will be given to undergraduate proposals. The proposal must include at least one faculty member who agrees to mentor the research. Proposals should specify how the research may be expected to advance our understanding in limiting human contributions to global warming from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Proposals should describe how the project contributes to limiting the consequences of human-induced climate change. Projects should focus on developing ideas that can be applied to improve climate outcomes:

  • Techniques for reducing emissions or sequestering greenhouse gases
  • Improved public policy design and governance: local, national or global
  • Changes in transportation systems, the built environment or energy systems
  • Improved understanding of human/climate interactions
  • Fitting climate solutions into current institutional arrangements: commerce, settlement, governance

In all cases, the emphasis should be on knowledge that can be applied to reduce human contributions to global warming.


The proposal may be from an individual student or from a group. Each proposal must specify at least one faculty mentor who has agreed to work with the student or team of students. A team project may request support for more than one student.


The proposal must be accompanied by a budget that describes how the funds will advance the research project, e.g., travel, research equipment, wages, housing support, etc. The funds may be used for summer support. We expect to fund projects at up to $3,000 to $5,000 but will consider funding a project at a somewhat higher amount if the project is of sufficiently ambitious scope. The funding will be administered through the faculty member’s home department.


Awardees will be expected to submit a project report detailing the results of the research project at the end of the award period. Projects may start immediately upon receipt of notice of award, although we expect that many projects will be carried out during summer or fall terms of 2020. For example, the funds could support independent research, summer research, or capstone and thesis projects.

  • Proposal
    • Title and brief description (1-2 pages) of the proposed research project and how it advances our ability to reduce anthropogenic climate change
    • Brief (maximum of 1 page) letter of support from the faculty mentor.
    • Brief budget outline
    • Abbreviated curriculum vitae (one page for each student participant)
Combine all application materials into a single .pdf file

Selection Process

  • Review by the UVA Sustainability Faculty Fellows
  • Application deadline: April 10, 2020
  • Announcement of grant recipients: April 17, 2020
  • Email inquiries to: Bill Shobe []