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Collaborative Research

Addressing the most critical environmental challenges of our time requires diverse perspectives. The Initiative aims to catalyze the Penn community’s engagement by removing barriers to impactful collaboration on cutting-edge research.

Environmental Innovation Begins with Research

Research happens in many ways across the University, and organic connections and growth are essential to academic inquiry. The Initiative fosters connections between disciplines through research communities, convenes emerging collaborative research groups, and acts as a conduit to connect Penn researchers with external partners and funding.

Students gathered in a garden Credit Eric Sucar

Research Communities

A research community is a multi-year effort that fosters collaboration from different disciplines around a common theme of broad environmental significance. Led by a faculty member, each community should demonstrate inclusion, innovation, and impact.