GCRI-ERS: Faculty, WISE, Library, Entrepreneurship, and Future Opportunities
SIF187A GCRI-ERS: Grand Challenge Research Investment-Environmental Resilience and Sustainability. Faculty, WISE, Library, Entrepreneurship, and Future Opportunities
Project Manager: Ian Baucom
BoV Approved: Summer 2022
Project Dates: 1/1/2023 – 12/31/2027
Funding Awarded: $17,500,000
This project is part of the overall Grand Challenges Research Investment in Environmental Resilience and Sustainability and has five components:
Faculty hiring ($10.64M) – In partnership with the schools, we will provide starting resources to allow the schools to hire approximately 13 faculty members over the next 5 academic years. Particular fields and specialties are targeted to provide expertise necessary to support and enhance the Grand Challenges research projects. Salary support is provided on a step-down basis (100% year 1, 75% year 2, 50% year 3, 25% year 4, with the school covering the full cost in year 5 and beyond). Startup packages will be split 50/50 with the schools. Approximately 6 candidates will be hired in catalysis, and appointed in either SEAS, A&S, or both. Approximately 7 faculty members will be hired in various schools to contribute to the UVA Climate Collaborative research project, which will focus on engaging with particular local communities to conduct cutting-edge research and develop solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation.
A coordinating committee will coordinate the searches, recruiting, and integration of new faculty members into the research community and the Grand Challenges projects. The Environmental Resilience Institute will be overseeing the UVA Climate Collaborative and coordinating faculty integration into that project. The Catalysis group in SEAS and A&S will integrate faculty into their research community and projects.
Deans Grand Challenge Opportunity Fund ($3.36M; $6.4M in total in combination with SIF 188A) – to provide resources for additional Grand Challenges research projects in Environmental Resilience and Sustainability that are proposed in FY23, FY24, or FY25. Projects must be proposed by at least two deans, or a dean and an institute director, and meet the other Grand Challenges criteria.1
UVA Wise Fund ($500,000) – to provide resources for research collaborations between UVA and UVA Wise in Environmental Resilience and Sustainability. Proposed collaborations must be supported by the provosts at both UVA Wise and UVA.
Library Resources ($500,000; $1M in total in combination with SIF 188A) – to provide funding to acquire and license crucial scholarly material, including journal subscriptions, data sets, databases, and other e-resources to support the Grand Challenge research projects. These materials will be accessible to the entire UVA community, along with the faculty and students involved in the specific projects.
Entrepreneurship Fund ($2.5M) – resources to help develop the UVA and local entrepreneurial ecosystem, particularly around clean energy and other social and for-profit entrepreneurship efforts related to environmental resilience and sustainability. This fund will be used in conjunction with the development of a pan-University entrepreneurship initiative and hiring the Tadler University Professor in Entrepreneurship. While the pan-University entrepreneurship initiative will include any subject area, this funding will be used to develop signature programs in entrepreneurial efforts related to environmental resilience and sustainability.
Current Status: Active