2018-2019 ND-ECI Seed Funding Program

"Building bridges among disciplines through environmental change research"

We invite proposals from Notre Dame Faculty to advance interdisciplinary research as part of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). For the 2018-19 round of seed funding, ND-ECI will fund research that falls under the umbrella of environmental change, with the intent of building collaborative bridges between Science/Engineering and the Social Sciences/Humanities.

There is increased recognition that some of the world’s most critical environmental issues reside at the intersection of the physical, biological and social sciences. We will make little progress to resolve these grand challenges if we do not take into account their social drivers and consequences. With this RFP, we hope to synergize scholarship that bridges disciplines on our campus, tackling questions that reside where physical processes generate environmental problems that are tempered or exacerbated by human interventions.

We encourage proposals that include translational outcomes and/or the inclusion of innovative training experiences for students/postdocs. Given the limits of seed funding, funding models that include creative matching would be welcome.

Due Date for Proposals:  Monday, January 14 by 5pm

Submit to: Kara Primmer at khuegel1@nd.edu

Link to Full Proposal: 2018 19 Nd Eci Seed Funding Rfp 2



ND-ECI also provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students through fellowships, stipends, research support, and academic credit.       

ND-LEEF Graduate Student Research Grants: 

  • $1,500 to support research at ND-LEEF (aquatic or terrestrial)
  • Research proposals for the 2017 field season are closed.
  • For questions about research and funding at ND-LEEF, contact Brett Peters.

REACT Program: 

REACT goals and history. The REACT program (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) began in January 2017 as an initiative to support graduate students to receive the latest training in computational tools and techniques in their field. REACT is a joint effort between the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH), the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF), and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI). REACT provides up to $1,300 to cover student tuition, registration, and board required to attend nationally and internationally recognized workshops that provide the latest training in computational approaches.

Why REACT? Across the sciences, the skills required to analyze large data sets, build statistical models, and simulate complex processes are increasingly critical. Genomic data sets may consist of millions of sequencing reads from hundreds or thousands of samples. In ecology and earth sciences, researchers are applying new methods for modeling ecological data and assimilating data and models to improve forecasts of ecological and environmental change. In systems biology, scientists are modeling the emergent properties of interacting genes, proteins, cells, and tissues. All of these research areas depend on computational fluency.

Who have we funded? Since January 2017, we have funded 14 students in 13 labs. They attended a wide range of workshops and programs, on diverse topics, located all over the world. Nearly all of these workshops provided highly specialized training which would be impossible for students to gain as efficiently through existing courses at Notre Dame.


  • The applicant must be a PhD student or thesis Masters student enrolled at Notre Dame.

  • The student's advisor/PI must be a member in good standing with either the Environmental Change Initiative, the Eck Institute for Global Health, Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility, or the Harper Cancer Institute. Students should check with their advisors if they are not sure of their PI’s affiliations.

  • Students attending workshops may be asked to share the knowledge they gain with local working groups, journal clubs, classes, or a symposium of fellow REACT awardees.

  • REACT only covers costs for registration, tuition, room and board, up to $1,300. REACT does not cover research expenses or travel costs. Travel costs are expected to be covered by the student’s advisor/PI.

Apply online here: http://bit.ly/REACTProgram

Additional environmental student research opportunities:

Associate Professor Nitesh Chawla works with a student