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The Public Policy Grant Program of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) invites students to form teams to propose student-designed projects and prototypes that use ICTs and/or data analytics to solve global policy problems.  Solutions may be market-based, public/philanthropic supported, or a mix.  The Program encourages the formation of teams that integrate students of public policy, computer science, engineering and other fields across Columbia University. All teams must include at least one SIPA student in a substantive role.

This year we are inviting students to consider a venture that is aimed either at facilitating COVID recovery or focused on an area where our world has been disrupted by COVID-19 and where new ventures in support of public purpose are needed and may thrive.  As always, we encourage venture ideas in areas that combine technology and data.  Additionally, we will also offer support for projects that address a pressing policy challenge in Brazil. We thank the Lemann Foundation for this opportunity.  

The Program will run one competition per academic year. Each competition is composed of 3 rounds with the same process, focus, and judging criteria. A total of $25,000 will be awarded to the winning teams. Teams must be set up as a legal entity to receive the prize money.

Partners and Funding

Start-up funding for the Challenge Grant Program has been provided by various friends including the Lemann Foundation. The SIPA Public Policy Challenge Grant Program is produced in collaboration with Columbia Entrepreneurship.


SIPA Courses and Workshops

See Tech & Policy @SIPA - Courses

SIPA students are also invited to participate in Columbia Venture Competition events.