Campus as a Living Lab – Pilot Grant – Study of Campus Heat Island Impact


The Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) – Pilot Grant (PG)

—made possible by the Office of the Executive Vice President — provides research funds for conducting climate impact studies that support operational decision-making for Notre Dame's campus.

Projects should lead to a significant outcome during the period of the award. The CLL-PG should not be viewed as a seed funding opportunity for the generation of preliminary results. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 of total funding, as appropriate to the research proposal, for a one-year research cycle are available through this program.

Priority: Study of Campus Heat Island Impact

Paved surfaces, building rooftops, and other hard surfaces are significantly warmer than surrounding unpaved surfaces, even at night, when they re-radiate retained heat back to the atmosphere. The research opportunity includes 1) creating land cover maps to quantify the total paved and unpaved surfaces as well as the amount of roof area within the main campus and their associated day or night time summer temperatures and using this information to calculate the resulting local air temperature rise impact, and 2) building models to indicate how the existing conditions can change depending on modifications to the built environment on campus.


The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. EDT on January 16, 2023.

Grant Period

The grant period is for up to one year from May 2023-2024. The results of the research will be presented to the leadership of the University in May 2024.

For eligibility requirements and all of the details, please click here.