Special Projects Grant

The Special Projects Grant encourages modest scale research projects that educate our Cooper Union community on issues of sustainability, further the mission of the Institute, and strengthen the working relationship between students and faculty of the Cooper Union. As the necessity for sustainability education continues to grow, CUISD recognizes the importance of multiple perspectives. It is only by including voices from all members of our community that we will be able to build a sustainable world.

Eligibility Requirements
Only current Cooper Union faculty may apply for this grant.

Budgets for eligible projects should fall within CUISD’s standard award parameters of $500 - $5000.

The grant is intended to serve as an impetus for acquiring additional funding and to assist in maintaining projects between funding cycles. Eligible projects must provide evidence that they are either receiving or actively seeking out additional funding sources.

Current Focus
We are currently interested in sustainable retrofits of existing building stock and initiatives related to education and the environment. However, projects that do not pertain to these areas are also encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Review Process
The Institute Director, staff and the applicable Cooper Union Deans and/or individual schools and advisory committees will review projects submitted to the Institute before the Grant is to be rewarded.

Application Deadline

Recipients of the CUISD Special Projects Grant are expected to provide progress reports spaced over the duration of the ISD's support for the project.


Projects & Links

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.