Science Funding

The Center for Climate and Life provides funding to scientists and students which enables them to study how climate impacts the security of food, water, and shelter, and to explore sustainable energy solutions.


We support several Climate and Life Fellows each year to lead urgent research projects on topics central to our mission. Fellows are selected competitively and are supported for three years. Fellows are supported at 33 percent annual effort per year for up to three years, with additional research funding equivalent to 20 percent of salary support. Research funds are provided in addition to salary, commensurate with needs for each Fellow appointment. Members of the scientific research staff from the Lamont and NASA/GISS campuses can apply, including Research Professors and Research Scientists at Lamont, IRI, CIESIN, Agriculture and Food Security Center, and the Center for Climate Systems Research at NASA/GISS.


We support Climate and Life Post-Doctoral Fellows each year to promote early career advancement on topics central to our mission. These appointments are made for 18 months and include modest research funding. Mentors for selected candidates are expected to provide matching or in-kind support.


The Center for Climate & Life supports field research efforts on projects central to our mission, depending on funding availability.

We currently support two field research funding programs: Rapid Response Research (R3) grants for funding urgent research on emerging phenomena, and travel/research support for projects utilizing the LiquidJungle research station in Panama. The Liquid Jungle Lab is located on the island of Canales de Tierra, off the Pacific coast of the Veraguas province of Panama. It was founded in 2003 by Jean Pigozzi so scientists and students from around the world could study the sea and land in this amazing area in Panama. Modest funds are available to support scientists and their students to travel to the research station and to support their research activities related to this work.