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.
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 $50,000 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
SIPA students are also invited to participate in Columbia Venture Competition events.