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Requests for Proposals - Overview

Seed Funding Opportunities in Energy for Stanford Faculty

Opportunities for Stanford Faculty to request seed funding are available through the Precourt Institute for Energy, the Bits & Watts initiative, the Sustainable Finance Inititative (SFI), and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy. This page provides an overview of the objectives and technical areas of interest for each request. This year, the request for proposals from Precourt Institute includes calls from Bits & Watts, and the SFI Initiative.  Please read the RFP and topic areas therein and respond to the topic area that is most appropriate for your proposal.


The Precourt Institute for Energy (including the Bits and Watts, and the Sustainable Finance Initiatives)

RFP issue date: February 7, 2019

Letter of Intent due: March 15, 2019                         Proposals due: April 19, 2019

This seed funding is intended to encourage faculty to move into interdisciplinary research in energy that is a departure from ongoing work in their groups. The goal is that successful seed projects will equip investigators to obtain funding for follow-on research from other sources.

The Precourt Institute is soliciting research proposals in the following areas:

I.  Precourt Institute for Energy

  1. Game-changing Energy Concepts

  2. Access to Affordable and Clean Energy for Developing Economies

  3. Global Carbon Management

  4. Innovations in Public Policy

  5. Pre-seed Idea Development (funding for up to $75,000 for one year).

II. Bits & Watts

  1. Reliability and Safety of the Electric Grid
  2. Electric Mobility.

III.  Sustainable Finance Initiative

  1. Risk Metrics and Management
  2. Stranded Assets
  3. Restructuring Legacy Systems.

For more details, and to respond to this request, please refer to the full RFP here.  

The source of Precourt Institute seed funds is gift money.  

Expected seed funding is up to $100,000 per project, for up to two years.

If you have questions about the technical areas within the RFP, please contact Jennifer Milne (


TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

Letter of Intent due: March 25, 2019                            Proposals due: May 1, 2019

This research seed funding is intended to build Stanford’s sustainable energy research capacity and encourage faculty to move into new and/or interdisciplinary energy research. These grants are meant to promote early-stage high-risk, high-reward research projects. The goal is that successful seed projects should equip investigators to obtain funding for follow-on research from external sources.

The Center will issue a general call consistent with its overall mission to advance sustainable energy for the betterment of all. This call is open to Stanford faculty embarking on new research directions in sustainable energy, as well as research at the nexus of energy with food, water, transportation, human health, and the environment.   In addition to technical and scientific advances, proposals that look to explore the challenges to adoption of sustainable solutions as they relate to human behavior, economics, policy, and regulations, are encouraged. 

The source of TomKat seed funds is gift money.

Expected seed funding for each project is up to $200,000 ($100k per year for up to two years).

For more information, please refer to: