Brookings Institution, WUSTL collaboration grants available

The Brookings Institution and Washington University’s Academic Venture Fund (AVF) is seeking proposals from fellows, faculty, staff, centers, institutes and programs.

The purpose of the AVF is to support collaboration between WUSTL and the Brookings Institution, particularly long-term projects that impact research, education and policy.

Grants are available in amounts from $20,000 to $50,000. Proposals must be submitted by July 15 and will be reviewed for approval by Aug. 15.

The AVF also offers smaller grants for events or travel by Brookings and WUSTL personnel. These proposals can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A committee from Brookings and the university will review the proposals.

Examples of projects that have received or are eligible for AVF funding include:

  • hosting a Brookings fellow or university faculty member as a scholar-in-residence at a school, center or program at the other institution;
  • hosting an undergraduate or graduate student from any school at the university at a Brookings center or program;
  • joint research by Brookings and university personnel; and
  • jointly sponsored conferences, symposia, workshops or projects.

The AVF program is under the direction of School of Law Dean Kent D. Syverud, JD, the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor and associate vice chancellor for Washington, D.C., programs.

The academic partnership between WUSTL and Brookings began in 2009. The institutions now offer joint programs, including internships, lectures and other educational activities.

The Olin Business School also leads management of the Brookings Center for Executive Education.

For more information about the AVF grants, call Tomea Mersmann, associate dean for strategic initiatives, at (314) 935-6486, or e-mail