Funding & Support

The Emerging Opportunities program supports collaborative sustainability research and assessment activities that span multiple disciplines and sectors and connect science to real-world decisions and actions. To support these efforts, which range from one-time meetings and workshops to multi-year projects, we offer a variety of regular funding opportunities and resources.

Transformation Grants

These grants are offered annually for collaborative, interdisciplinary research and assessment initiatives of 1-3 years duration at a funding level up to $150,000 per year. Up to 1 new grant per year. Learn more and apply.

Catalyst Grants

Offered twice a year, these 8-month grants of up to $10,000 each are intended to support a wide range of collaborative activities such as conferences, project planning, white papers, and workshops. Up to 4 grants annually, 2 grants per funding cycle. Learn more and apply.

MCubed Sustainability Blocks

MCubed Blocks consisting of at least three cubes (any combination of conventional or mini cubes) and focused around a sustainability theme may apply for up to $10,000 in unrestricted funds for the work of the block. Learn more.

Support & Resources

Faculty and external partners are encouraged to contact us at any time to discuss potential initiatives. We help make connections among experts, facilitate stakeholder engagement, assist with project management and evaluation, and explore additional sources of funding. Annual meetings will provide networking opportunities for grantees and other faculty across campus.

    Emerging Opportunities Timeline

    FY2018 grant cycle (catalyst and transformation) anticipated to begin Fall 2017.

      Transformation Fall Catalyst Winter Catalyst
    RFP Release September 8, 2016 September 8, 2016 January 17, 2017
    LOI Deadline (Required) December 19, 2016 October 10, 2016 February 13, 2017
    Proposal Deadline February 13, 2017 November 14, 2016 March 20, 2017
    Award Announcement Mid-April 2017 Late December 2016 Mid-April 2017
    Project Start May 2017 January 2017 May 2017


    For more information, please contact John Callewaert, Emerging Opportunities Director at (734) 615-3752 or