New Campus as a Living Lab program and sustainability grants

The Sustainability Council and the Office of Sustainability announce the launch of a new Campus as a Living Lab program, which will support research and teaching that leverages JHU's campuses as incubators for innovation to advance campus sustainability goals while developing outcomes that can inform solutions on a local, national, and global scale. As a global leader in research, Johns Hopkins introduces this program to support our institutional mission while enhancing sustainability education, knowledge, and campus practices.

Aligning with the goals outlined in the JHU Climate Action and Sustainability Plan, being released in spring 2024, grant funding will be available to support sustainability research and courses. Seed grants will be open to students, researchers, and course instructors at all JHU schools and divisions to foster research and educational opportunities while testing scalable sustainability solutions on JHU campuses.

Grants are available in three categories:

  • Researcher grants up to $50k to support research projects that yield outcomes relevant to advancing campus sustainability solutions led by any JHU researcher: faculty, research scientists, or postdocs
  • Instructor grants up to $12k funding to course instructors to integrate applied campus sustainability projects into new or existing courses 
  • Student grants up to $10k to fund undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to conduct research projects focused on campus sustainability 

Grant applicants are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest form before April 10, so the program team can support applicants in connecting with university partners. Grant applications are due on May 31.

For more information on the awards, grant eligibility, and criteria, including further details on how to apply, go to the Campus as a Living Lab webpage.

We are looking forward to forging partnerships and projects that tap into the creativity, collaboration, and innovation that make JHU a global leader. These qualities empower us to share the brightest ideas from Hopkins with the world, contributing to important sustainability conversations nationally and internationally. This is especially crucial in the face of our shared environmental challenges.