About the AVF
The Academic Venture Fund (AVF) is ACSF'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 have real potential to involve external partners in industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations. This competitive fund is growing. In 2014, it funded a record $1.4 million, a 50 percent increase.
The Academic Venture Fund is supported by generous contributions from David and Patricia Atkinson, Kathleen Marble, and the colleges.
- 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).
2015 Funding Cycle
The Center invites proposals for its next Academic Venture Fund program:
- Request for Proposals (PDF): outlines the process
- Letters of Intent (LOI) process is now closed.
- A summary of the 2015 Submissions (PDF) is available online.
- Question and Answer Sessions: two sessions for proposers have been scheduled
(Please contact Paula Euvrard to register):
- February 5, 2:00pm, 300 Rice Hall
- March 11, 11:00am, 300 Rice Hall
- Proposals: an online application will be available in early March. Proposals must be received no later than March 23, 2015.
- Selections will be announced in May, 2015.
The Atkinson Center selected 12 projects for the 2014 AVF awards
ACSF selected nine projects for the 2013 AVF awards:
ACSF selected ten projects for the 2012 AVF awards:
- Impacts of Pathogens and Pesticides on Wild Pollinators in Eastern Apple Orchards
- Improving Energy Cost and Scalability of Algal Biofuels
- A Hydrogen Test Bed at Cornell: Distributed-Scale Biorenewable Hydrogen Generation
- Sustainable Production of Staple Leafy Green Vegetable Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Does a Healthy Diet Lead to a Healthy Environment?
- Probing the Micromechanics of Shale under Varying Fluid Compositions
- Developing Species-Specific and Environmentally Friendly Insect Control
- Assessing Mycotoxin Exposure in Pregnant Zimbabwean Women
- Climate Protection as a Driver for Job Creation for New York State
- Energy Harvesting from High-Density, Small-Scale Turbines in Urban Areas
ACSF selected ten projects for the 2011 AVF awards:
- New Sales Approach for Improved Cookstoves
- Threats to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Finger Lakes
- Developing a Sustainable Specialty Crop Greenhouse Industry in the Northeast
- Harnessing Genomics to Advance Biodiversity and Conservation Research
- Sustainable Disease Management for Emerging Bioenergy Crops
ACSF selected eight projects for the 2010 AVF awards:
- Development of Biochar-Based Fibers for Personal Protective Equipment
- Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Risk Analysis for Carbon Sequestration
- Monitoring Air and Water Quality in Marcellus Shale Drilling Sites
- Replacing Antibiotics in the Food Animal Industry with Bacteriophages
- Thousandfold Improvement in Solar Photobioreactors Using Advanced Photonics
- Water Governance in the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East
- Self-Powered Wireless Solar Tiles for a Renewable Energy Future
- University Collaboration on Wind Energy
ACSF selected five projects for the 2009 AVF awards:
ACSF awarded approximately $800,000 in 2008, the first AVF cycle. Grants were awarded for seven research projects and five workshops:
- Improving the Stability and Productivity of Algal Bioreactors for Biofuel Production
- Integrated Digital Design Environment for Sustainable Architecture
- Forecasting Disease and Economic Consequences of Climate Change
- Environmental, Energetic and Economic Potential of Biochar
- Understanding aflatoxin accumulation in maize
- Vibro-Wind Technology: Alternative Wind Energy Systems for Buildings
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
- Cornell Workshop on Large Scale Wind Generated Power
- Managing Sources of Uncertainty for Sustainable Resource Management
- Building Social Networks for Biological Inventories and Information
- Urban Trees for Sustainable Cities: Workshop to Develop an Integrated Social-Ecological Sciences Research Agenda in New York City
- Environmental Sustainability in an Aging Society