Climate and Sustainability Translational Fund to advance solutions for global impact is launched

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Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) and the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard University have announced the launch of the Climate and Sustainability Translational Fund and supporting programs, aimed at increasing the global impact of Harvard research in the areas of climate and sustainability. The fund will provide support for University-based projects to de-risk technologies towards startup formation, creating the next generation of solutions to ensure a cleaner and healthier future.

“The magnitude of the climate crisis, and the need to bring a wide range of talents together to craft solutions, compel us to support researchers from across the University who are working on new approaches to combat global climate challenges,” said Alan M. Garber, provost and chief academic officer of Harvard University. “The launch of this fund will enable Harvard to make significant progress toward the translation of climate and sustainability research and its application.”

To kick-off this initiative, Harvard’s Office of Technology Development and the Salata Institute will host a Translation Workshop this fall for Harvard faculty, postdocs, and graduate students interested in bringing their ideas to market. The workshop will cover the steps towards realizing translational impact through startup formation. In addition to providing funding for translational research, the initiative will include a mentoring program for each team as they progress towards commercialization of their research. The fund builds upon OTD’s success in helping promising innovations make the leap from lab to market through the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator and Harvard Grid Accelerator.

“Along with the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator and the Harvard Grid Accelerator, the Climate and Sustainability Translational Fund will contribute to the goal of advancing Harvard’s research from the lab into the real world,” said Isaac Kohlberg, senior associate provost and chief technology development officer. “The fund and supporting programs provide investment in the technologies that will change our world and the people behind those innovations.”

The Climate and Sustainability Translational Fund was launched as part of Harvard’s Climate Action Week, a celebration and acceleration of climate research, education, and engagement across Harvard University. On May 9, the inaugural Harvard Climate Symposium will bring together hundreds of leaders across business, government, civil society, and academia to focus on the fundamental changes that we must make this decade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the requisite levels.

“The Salata Institute is committed to supporting and funding research that addresses complex climate problems and produces useful and practical solutions,” stated Jim Stock, director of the Salata Institute and vice provost for climate and sustainability. “Partnering with OTD on the Translational Fund will further empower Harvard researchers to drive real-world impact by creating new technologies, expanding applications, and realizing efficiencies.”