Town+Gown Funded Research Opportunities

To enable Columbia Researchers to respond to research funding opportunities from New York City Agencies, Columbia is one of 15 universities that has signed a Master Contract with Town+Gown, which allows for an expedited RFP process and a simplified agreement when a City Agency releases a research funding opportunity under NYC’s Town+Gown. This stream-lined process allows any NYC Agency to issue a mini-RFP to address a research question relevant to their policies and practices. Agencies that can deploy this mechanism, as well as recent past and current RFPs are listed below. 

Please address any questions regarding research opportunities or the Town+Gown consortium to Victoria Hamilton at, and any questions regarding the RFP process and funding to Rudi Odeh-Ramadan at

Department for the Aging (DFTA)
Department of Buildings (DOB)
Department of City Planning (DCP)
Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS)
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)
Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)
Department of Design and Construction (DDC)
Department of Education (DOE)
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Department of Finance (DOF)
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
Department of Investigation (DOI)
Mayor's Office of Recovery & Resiliency (ORR)
Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
Mayor's Office of Sustainability (MOS)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)

Open Funding Opportunities

Please check back regularly for updated Town+Gown Funding Opportunities.

Recent Funding Opportunities

Proposals in response to this RFP are due on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

The NYCDEP & the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) issued an RFP for a Citywide Stormwater Resiliency Study, in the amount of $1M - $1.8M.

  • Goals of the study are to develop a full, citywide Hydraulic & Hydrologic (H&H) system model to identify priority atrisk areas in the city.
    • Model will be used to test rainfall scenarios, extreme and moderate events, varied spatial distribution , intensity, frequency, and duration
    • Investigate impact of changing climate conditions on flood conditions and storm water management practices, based on climate projects form the NYC Panel on Climate Change
    • Look at flooding from coincident surge and precipitation – investigating geographically-specific stormwater conditions where flooding may be influence by sea level rise, tidal inundation, elevated groundwater
  • Results from the analyses will be used to inform the City’s current and future stormwater management practices and aid in prioritizing interventions.
  • Deliverables include: Using the H&H System, 20 Scenarios for Model Runs, Flood Depth Maps, Model Outputs, Hydrographs, Methodology for conducting Stormwater Intervention, Report submitted to DEP, ORR< and other agencies as per DEP & ORR for comments in the Final Report, H&H Model shared with DEP & ORR
  • Proposals in response to this RFP are due on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
  • All work must be completed by November 30, 2018

Please find the full text of the RFP here.

Previously Funded Research