Landscape Lab Seedling Awards

An ever-changing world demands new ideas and new solutions. Have one that you’re ready to develop and put to the test right here at Yale?

The Yale Landscape Lab (YLL) provides unparalleled access to an expansive mix of urban and natural environment in support of student and faculty projects, all designed to contribute to a more sustainable future.

YLL Seeding Awards Program

Our Seedling Awards support innovative ideas that make use of the West Campus landscape to push boundaries and explore issues of local, regional and global importance. From the forest to the stream to the lawn to the blacktop to the rooftops to the farm – Yale’s West Campus is a playground for the next generation of landscape shifting ideas.

Application Guidelines

We plan to fund up to 5 projects with a maximum award for individual projects of $2,000. Projects are expected to be completed by September 2017. Students who are at Yale for the duration of the project are eligible to apply.

Examples of project topics within this opportunity include but are not limited to: urban ecology, green design and building, engineering and innovation, social entrepreneurship, climate change, natural resource management, environmental and social justice, soil management and conservation, international development, food systems, energy systems, health sciences and the environment.

Timeline: Proposals must be submitted through the designated link no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2016.

Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: The project relates to the aims of the Yale Landscape Lab and connects to issues of wider significance.
  • Innovation: Project design and proposed deliverables demonstrate some novel or innovative way of exploring an issue.
  • Evidence: The rationale for the project is supported by basic data.
  • Feasibility: Plan for execution shows that the project is achievable within budget and timeframe, and takes into account any issues of safety for the campus community.

For questions, please email Justin Freiberg.

The application period is closed for 2016 Seedling Awards.