About the AVF

The Academic Venture Fund (AVF) is Cornell's incubator for the next generation of sustainable solutions. The AVF seeds original, multidisciplinary research that is not likely to find funding elsewhere because the projects are novel, risky, need early data to establish traction, or involve new teams working together. The projects, which are selected by peer-review panels, typically have real potential to involve external partners in industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations. This competitive fund is increasing in size and importance. In 2014, it funded a record $1.4 million, a 50% increase. 

The Academic Venture Fund is supported by generous contributions from David and Patricia Atkinson, Kathleen Marble, and the colleges.

Andean bears in cloud forest

Andean bears in the cloud forests of Ecuador

2014 Projects

The Atkinson Center selected 12 research projects for the 2014 Academic Venture Fund awards:

External Collaborations

The Academic Venture Fund is intended for projects based at Cornell that have the potential to engage parties beyond campus. Interested external organizations or people should contact David Dieterich (ACSF Executive-in-Residence & Senior Director, Strategic Collaborations).

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2013 Awards

ACSF selected nine projects for the 2013 AVF Awards:


2012 Awards

ACSF selected ten projects for the 2012 AVF Awards:


2011 Awards

ACSF selected ten projects for the 2011 AVF awards



2008 Awards

ACSF awarded approximately $800,000 in 2008, its first AVF Cycle. These grants were awarded for 7 research projects and 5 workshops:

Proposals: an online application will be available in early March. Proposals must be received no later than March 24, 2014.