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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Research Opportunities for Faculty

Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium (BAPVC) funded research

BAPVC requests proposals for research projects to produce very low cost modules delivering energy conversion efficiency greater than 20% and research in module reliability supporting deployment of these advanced technologies.

Global Climate & Energy Project funded research

GCEP sponsors research in four main technical areas: carbon-based energy systems; hydrogen; renewables; and electrochemistry and the electric grid. All research efforts are geared toward developing game-changing technologies that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. GCEP also supports exploratory research. GCEP requests proposals from Stanford faculty and that of selected institutions about twice a year. GCEP staff select external institutions as having particular expertise and capability in a specific area. (Unsolicited proposals are not considered for funding.)

Natural Gas Initiative (NGI) funded research

NGI funds Stanford faculty performing new research in any aspect of natural gas development, use, policy, markets or impacts.

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) seed grants

PEEC funds Stanford faculty research to increase efficiency at the user end of energy systems. The main areas of investigation are in buildings, transportation, behavior, modeling and policy, though PEEC considers proposals in other areas of energy efficiency. Research in any specific area or combination of these areas is of particular interest. PEEC is also particularly interested in energy efficiency projects whose anticipated results could be implemented in the near term, including projects that would help California meet its carbon reduction goals.

Precourt Institute for Energy seed grants

The Precourt Institute for Energy seed grants fund Stanford faculty research with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These proof-of-concept awards enable researchers to move from theory to early experiments and analysis. Proposals that involve interdisciplinary efforts, especially those that bring together faculty in new ways, are encouraged and receive priority. The proposed work may involve the broad range of disciplines involved in energy, for example, science, engineering, policy, and/or social science, individually or in combination. The Precourt Institute request proposals from Stanford faculty each spring and notify selected faculty of their awards in the summer.

Stanford Dean of Research searchable database of federal funding

Browse, search and save listings of federal funding on Stanford's Dean of Research website.

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy seed grants

The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy seed grants are meant to promote early-stage high-risk, high-reward research projects with seed funding of up to $100,000 per year for up to two years.  The TomKat Center is currently requesting proposals from Stanford faculty for research in sustainable energy as well as research at the nexus of energy with food, water, health and the environment.

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy's Energy Innovation Transfer Program

The Energy Innovation Transfer Program helps inventors bridge the gap between sponsored research and technology commercialization through targeted funding to help facilitate development of prototypes, conduct market research and refine business plans. The latter will heavily leverage the many on-campus entrepreneurship resources. The Energy Innovation Transfer Program advisory board, mentors and affiliates will provide input as part of the proposal evaluation process and provide mentorship and guidance to individual projects. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy energyCatalyst grants

By augmenting course curriculum with experts and experiences, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy’s energyCatalyst grants aim to cultivate interdisciplinary thinking and introduce sustainable energy concepts and opportunities to Stanford students. TomKat energyCatalyst Grants can be used to subsidize class trips; guest lecturers in a class; and materials for course projects or demonstrations. Examples of successful grant applications might include taking a class on an industry or site tour; inviting an industry expert or guest researcher to give a lecture to a class; or purchasing materials for demonstrating, prototyping or testing technology for a course project. Funding is limited to one grant per course per quarter.