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Brooks Working Groups – Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals: 2024-25 Brooks Working Groups

May 15, 2024

The Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy invites requests for funding to support 2024-25 Brooks Working Groups. This program provides Brooks faculty with small grants to advance collaboration around our seven priority areas of research, or on questions that cross cut these areas (e.g., global policy and methods): (1) environmental and sustainability policy; (2) health policy; (3) race, racism and public policy; (4) human security; (5) inequality and social policy; (6) the politics and economics of development; and (7) data science and technology policy.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of $1-4k. Working Groups may include RTE faculty, postdoc, and student participants from across campus and beyond, but should have a Brooks tenure-line faculty member as their lead. Administrative support will be provided for coordinating payment and schedules for any external speakers, and we can work with organizers on potential synergies across Working Groups.

The Working Groups are broadly aimed at building stronger research connections within Brooks’ areas of policy expertise and may take on various forms. Examples include: regular seminar series with a mix of internal and external speakers, internal lunchtime discussion groups, faculty and student “beehives” for sharing work in progress, and junior faculty reading groups.

Review of applications will begin now, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis contingent on funding availability. Please send an email to Kelly Musick ( with: (1) title and brief goals of your Brooks Working Group (<1 paragraph); (2) list of collaborators already on board, as well as potential collaborators; 3) budget sketch for the 2024-25 year. At the end of the academic year, we will ask faculty leads of the Working Groups to provide a brief summary of their activities.

Please reach out with any questions to: 

Kelly Musick
Senior Associate Dean of Research
Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy