In 2021, the Futures Initiative announced the establishment of the Paul C. Notari Research Grants in Environmental Studies. These grants will be available to current PhD students at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Students who are working in any area relevant to scientific, social, cultural, legal, or policy issues in relation to environmental studies, climate change, renewable energy, pollution control, and allied areas are eligible to apply. Four research micro-grants of $500 will be offered in an annual competition.
The 2022 Competition will open in February 2022.
Topics eligible for funding: Students who are working in any area relevant to scientific, social, cultural, legal, or policy issues in relation to environmental studies, climate change, renewable energy, pollution control, and allied areas are eligible to apply. Projects will be evaluated on the quality and significance of their research, creativity, public value, potential usefulness, relevance, and contribution to equity and social justice.
Award: Grantees will receive $500 to be used for research, participation in a conference or workshop, or other support in order to present or pursue additional research. Support for research disruptions due to COVID-19 will also be considered.
Eligibility: All applicants must be PhD students in good standing, at any stage of their career, in any field, and must be enrolled for the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters. Preference will be given to late-stage candidates of their PhD program who are making satisfactory and timely progress towards completing their degrees, and who have not received an award in years past. Students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the academy are warmly encouraged to apply.
Terms: Award recipients will be asked to provide a brief written report or public talk/discussion in Fall 2022.
Paul Notari was born in Chicago on September 8, 1926 to immigrant parents. A veteran of World War II, he was educated on the GI Bill and earned a B.S. in Physics from DePaul University and, later, a Master’s degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He began his career in the microwave division of Motorola and went on to work for the Business Equipment Manufacturer’s Association as well as the American Water Works Association. He then became the Director of the Technical Information Branch at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (formerly, Solar Energy Research Institute), established under President Carter. He lives in Denver, Colorado. This grant, established on the occasion of Mr. Notari’s 95th birthday, honors his lifelong advocacy of access to higher education, sustainable science for the benefit of humankind, and the protection of nature and natural resources.