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A Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts grant funded proof of concept research in the measurement of local adaptive capacity and climate sensitivity, developing an efficient methodology for a broader project to recover provincial level data and informing additional grant applications for application in a wide range of disciplines from health to political science to economics. The $15,000 project generated data from 21 countries and ultimately examined at least one province in five countries.

ND-GAIN was awarded a $20,000 grant from International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) to prepare a proposal that evaluates impacts of disaster risk reduction projects at Beira and Búzi District in Mozambique. The project, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), aimed to address urgency of climate change adaptation and building up early warning systems in disaster-prone regions of Mozambique.

ND-GAIN worked closely with monitoring & evaluation specialists in Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and local researchers in Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM) to scope the impact evaluation plan. Experts at ND-GAIN applied the Global Adaptation Index methodology to develop indicators that measure local climate risks, adaptive capacities, and preparation for climate disaster reduction across human and natural systems.

Outcomes include understanding of disaster risks and preparedness variables that contribute to climate adaptation and resilience at Beira and Búzi District in Mozambique. The proposal preparation lasted  4 months, followed by the impact evaluation practice, which is funded separately.

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. Templeton encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights. 

In 2012, the John Templeton Foundation provided a one-year $300,00 grant to the Global Adaptation Institute for the Mexico-based Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Resilience Project, carried out in partnership with Tecnologico de Monterrey, resulting in heightened awareness of climate adaptation options among SME leaders as well as a template for future adaptation knowledge-sharing, supply chain research and information-gathering in other regions.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, community development in Detroit. 
The Urban Adaptation Assessment, a $483,000 project funded by the Kresge Foundation and lead by the ND-GAIN, will provide an adaptation measurement solution by building an urban-scale assessment and putting it into practice in five areas. 

ND-GAIN joins researchers examining weather extremes and city infrastructure. Led by Arizona State University and backed by the National Science Foundation, the project looks at innovative ways of making urban infrastructure more resilient and equitable. Read the press release for more details regarding the five-year, $12 million project.

ND-GAIN was given to the University of Notre Dame in April 2013 by the Global Adaptation Institute with full support of its primary founding sponsor, NGP Energy Capital Management. To help draw attention to the importance of climate change adaptation, the chairman of the Global Adaptation Institute, and NGP’s CEO and founder, Ken Hersh said, “the era of climate change denial is over, the world is getting warmer, and numerous countries are not ready for the chaos that climate change will bring.” The gift included a $2-million donation from the Natural Gas Partners Foundation.

The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic academic community of higher learning, animated from its origins by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The University is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of truth for its own sake. As a Catholic university, one of its distinctive goals is to provide a forum where, through free inquiry and open discussion, the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.

The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, which ND-GAIN is a part of, is one of several Strategic Research Investments that have been made by the University of Notre Dame in recent years allocating a total $80 million of Notre Dame’s own money to advance the scope, excellence and visibility of the University’s research enterprise. The Strategic Research Investments are the first steps in a bold commitment of internal funds and other resources, supplementing funding from external grants and gifts, all intended to advance excellence in research.