The concept for the Faculty Research Labs was born out of an expressed need for additional opportunities through which faculty and students can, through different angles, approach and study issues based on the EnviroLab Asia theme and topic of that year. This approach ensures that the topic and theme will be comprehensively studied through a flexible framework that best suits the skills, expertise, and interests of students and faculty.
New Faculty Research Labs may be formed during any time, though funding to support them will be available at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. Faculty Research Labs align with the guiding principles of EnviroLab Asia, such that they further research on environmental issues in East and Southeast Asia, and are cross-disciplinary (at least one person from the sciences and one person from the humanities/social sciences). Ideally, the Lab involves collaboration between faculty from different Claremont Colleges.