About the AVF
ACSF's Academic Venture Fund (AVF) is designed to stimulate new, original, multidisciplinary research at Cornell in sustainability science, emphasizing work having the potential to involve external partners such as industry, government, foundations and other non-governmental organizations. Each year, ACSF seeks proposals from Cornell faculty across all Colleges and Schools and encompassing all disciplines contributing to sustainability.
The Academic Venture Fund is supported by generous contributions from David and Patricia Atkinson, Kathleen Marble, and the colleges.
Harmful algal bloom (HAB) off the coast of Texas
2014 Funding Cycle
The Center invites proposals for its next Academic Venture Fund program:
- The AVF Proposal Process is now closed.
- Request for Proposals (PDF) outlines the process.
- 2014 Letters of Intent (LOI) are available online for those with Cornell NetIds.
- Selections will be announced in May, 2014.
The Academic Venture Fund is intended for projects within Cornell. Interested external organizations should contact David Dieterich (ACSF Executive-in-Residence &
Director, Strategic Collaborations).
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 awarded eight grants in its 2010 AVF cycle:
- 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
In its Spring 2009 AVF Award cycle:
ACSF awarded approximately $800,000 in 2008, its first AVF Cycle. These grants were awarded for 7 research projects and 5 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