Brookings, WUSTL Academic Venture Fund grant recipients announced

The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., and Washington University in St. Louis announce recipients of grants from the joint Academic Venture Fund (AVF).

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

The grant awardees and projects are:

  • Peter MacKeith, associate dean and associate professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at WUSTL, and Rob Puentes, senior fellow and director of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, part of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, for “The Innovative Metropolis: Fostering Economic Competitiveness through Sustainable Urban Design” project. 

  • Pietro Nivola, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, and Peter Kastor, PhD, associate professor of history and of American culture studies, both in Arts & Sciences at WUSTL, for the “What So Proudly We Hailed: Essays on Contemporary Meaning of the War of 1812” project.

AVF grants are available in amounts from $20,000 to $50,000. Interested fellows, faculty, staff, centers, institutes and programs can continue to submit proposals for review in summer 2012.

The AVF also offers smaller grants for events or travel by Brookings and university 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.

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

The academic partnership between the university 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 at (314) 935-6486 or email