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The Caltech Center for Comparative Planetary Evolution engages in multiple programs designed to support the scientific research of members of the Center and develop collaborations between members. The current programs include:

Annual Call for Proposals

We anticipate a yearly call-for-proposals to provide funding (at the $50-$75k level) for new innovative collaborative research ideas. These are expected to be one-year awards to seed new collaborations and spark interdisciplinary connections among the members of the Center. For examples of the previously supported programs, see the Research page. Proposals are generally expected to be submitted by Caltech faculty members, but, in limited circumstances and with advance discussion, non-faculty members could be allowed to apply.The 2023 Call for Proposals will be announced in early 2023.

Annual Postdoc Retreat

We will host an annual postdoc/senior grad student retreat (with no faculty allowed) to help form scientific and personal bonds for the next generation of researchers. The retreat for 2020 was, sadly, a victim to the pandemic. The postdoc retreat will be revived in 2022. Details will be announced soon.

3CPE Graduate Fellows

First year graduate students who are working in fields related to the 3CPE are invited to apply to be 3CPE Fellows. Such Fellows will receive a grant for research funding and an opportunity to present their research in the late Fall of their second year in graduate school. Additional special opportunities we be offered throughout the Fellows time at Caltech.Applications for 2023 Fellows will be accepted in spring of 2023.

Speakers and visitors

The 3CPE Graduate Fellows have the opportunity to invite and host two speakers a year, to appear at one of the many pre-existing seminar series in GPS or PMA.