External Funds

2022

  • Sponsor: ADEK ASPIRE 2020 Grant
    • Description: Under the application entitled “Scalable Delta Processing of Constrained Optimization Queries” Prof. Azza Abouzied (Co-PI, NYUAD) has been building tools for decision-making in uncertain contexts with changing data and changing constraints. 
    • Date of Award: January, 2022
    • Duration: 3 years
    • Amount: ~977k AED (~266k USD)

2021

  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF), Virginia, USA
    • Description: Collaborative Research: Discovering Precipitation Pathways in Reactive Magnesium Oxide Cements via Nanoscale Interfacial Engineering for Durable Structural Composites by prof. Kemal Celik (CITIES Investigator).
    • Date of Award: June 1, 2021
    • Duration: >3 years
    • Amount: ~250k USD
  • Sponsor: HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance – MENAT
    • Description: Decarbonizing of cement production with limestone and calcined clay by Prof. Kemal Celik (CITIES Investigator).
    • Date of Award: 2021
    • Duration: 2021-2022
    • Amount: ~122k USD 
  • Sponsor: Sandooq Al Watan Applied Research & Development (SWARD)
    • Description: ReThink Brine Challenge, Prototype development for synthetic brucite and calcium carbonate production from desalination reject brine by Prof. Kemal Celik (CITIES Investigator).
    • Date of Award: 2021
    • Duration: 2021-2022
    • Amount: ~7k USD 
  • Sponsor: Sandooq Al Watan Applied Research & Development (SWARD)
    • Description: Characterization and manufacturing of lunar regolith simulants by Profs. Kemal Celik (CITIES Investigator) and Tarek Abdoun.
    • Date of Award: 2021
    • Duration: 2021-2023
    • Amount: ~293k USD 
  • Sponsor: Simmetrico Operations DWC–LLC
    • Design and development of brine concrete panel for Expo 2020 UAE Pavillion by Prof. Kemal Celik (CITIES Investigator).
    • Date of Award: 2021
    • Duration: 2021
    • Amount: ~11k USD 

2020

  • Sponsor: Cranmore Partners 
    • Description: The Cranmore Partners CITIES program supports 4 exceptional NYUAD undergraduate students with a demonstrated interest in research and academia, by providing a highly competitive one-year research opportunity in CITIES.
    • Date of Award: 1 September 2020
    • Duration: 1 year (renewable)
    • Amount: 25k USD
  • Sponsor: NYUAD COVID-19 Facilitator Research Fund Grant
    • Description: The overarching goal of the research (Funded by the COVID-19 Facilitator Research Fund at NYUAD, and CITIES) is to study a diversity of outcomes across contexts that have seen different impacts of the pandemic and different policy responses to it. Assistant Professors of Social Research and Public Policy Kinga Makovi (Co-PI, NYUAD) and Malte Reichelt (NYUAD) have been working with a network of academics to study the immediate, short, and long-term social impact of the pandemic in the US, Germany, and Singapore. This is a multi-university collaboration that will yield a long stream of publications.
    • Date of Award: July 2020
    • Duration: >1 year 
    • Amount: 35k USD
  • Sponsor: NYUAD – COVID-19 Facilitator Research Fund Grant
    • Description: Under the application entitled “Integrating Policy Optimization in Epidemic Modeling” prof. Azza Abouzied (Co-PI, NYUAD) has been building a tool (Funded by the COVID-19 Facilitator Research Fund at NYUAD) that can guide policymakers with plans that can curb and control an epidemic while taking into consideration societal and economic costs. By providing the tool, the right data, and parameters for each administration, the system can guide policymakers to better control the COVID-19 epidemic locally. The tool provides governments with the possible actions that are within their capabilities while taking into account its cost-effectiveness. 
    • Date of Award: July 2020
    • Duration: >1 year 
    • Amount: 30k USD
  • Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK)
    • Description: Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence 2019. Synthesis of brucite from reject brine and its utilization for concrete block production and CO2 sequestration by prof. Kemal Celik (CITIES Investigator).
    • Date of Award: 2020
    • Duration: >3 years
    • Amount: ~272k USD

2019

  • Sponsor: SwissRe Institute under the Quantum Cities TM Initiative
    • Description: Gift towards CITIES to support the center’s research and its activities.
    • Date of Award: 1 September 2019
    • Duration: Originally 5 years, reduced to 2 years because of the effects of COVID-19 on Swiss Re.
    • Amount: 700k USD