Science Funding - Center for Climate and Life

The Center for Climate and Life funds scientists and students to study the impact of climate on the security of food, water, and shelter, and to explore sustainable energy solutions.


Each year we support several Climate and Life Fellows. They lead urgent research projects on topics central to our mission. Proposals are selected in a competition, and fellows are supported at 33 percent annual effort per year for up to three years. They also receive 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 at the Lamont and NASA/GISS campuses may 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.


Each year we support Climate and Life Post-Doctoral Fellows to promote early career advancement for researchers focused 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 and Life supports, at levels determined by the availability of funds, field research efforts on projects central to our mission.

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 Liquid Jungle 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. Jean Pigozzi founded the facility in 2003 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.