What, When, Why & How


To provide clear scientific options to the most urgent problems facing mankind, while explaining the probable costs and possible consequences of each course of action.

To widely report the results of each study without advocacy or agenda.


Novim was formed in late 2007 by a group of scientists and engineers associated with the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara. Christened Novim after the Russian idiom for “new,” its first study addressed the issues surrounding geo-engineering options for the remediation of global warming.

Using methods based in part on those of the JASONs, an advisory group to the US government, Novim’s wide-ranging studies may enlist teams of physicists, biologists, environmental scientists, engineers, economists, statisticians and other specialists.

Experts from all sides of Novim’s deliberately controversial subjects are chosen to ensure the broadest point of view. Its guiding principle from the beginning has been “We are only interested in the science.”


Novim was formed to provide an independent, non-advocacy source of data, information and knowledge on important national and global issues in a manner that would help catalyze constructive debate and potentially lead to programs addressing these issues.

Novim plays the central role in conceiving, organizing and ensuring the integrity of its projects.

It’s policy is to focus on no more than 3 projects at one time, each of no more than a year’s duration and sufficiently defined to be both achievable and useful in promoting discourse.

Simultaneously, Novim strives to create a pipeline of emerging issues, while coordinating post-project evaluations and communications.


Project conceptualization

Recruitment of the scientific Study Team

Project management, cost control and scheduling

Project finance, primarily from individuals and foundations

Development of the methodology and mechanisms to make project results widely available for analysis & interpretation

Systematic evaluation of project impact over an extended period