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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 TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, and the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford. This page provides an overview of the objectives and technical areas of interest for each request. Responses should be submitted to the organization with the call that seems most appropriate for your proposal.

 

The Precourt Institute for Energy

Letter of Intent due: March 15, 2018                         Proposals due: April 5, 2018

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:

  1. Game-Changing Energy Concepts, with particular interest in: Energy Device and Systems Integration; Cooling; Energy Storage; and Big Data
  2. Access to Affordable and Clean Energy for Developing Economies
  3. Global Carbon Management – Negative Emissions and CO2 Utilization
  4. Innovations in Public Policy

The source of Precourt Institute seed funds is gift money.

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

For more details, please refer to the full RFP here.

 

TomKat Center

Letter of Intent due: March 20, 2018                            Proposals due: May 1, 2018

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

The TomKat Center is soliciting research proposals in the following areas:

The Center has issued a general call consistent with its overall mission to advance the broad deployment of sustainable energy technologies and systems and to further understanding of the resulting impact and implications. New research in sustainable energy as well as research at the nexus of energy with food, water, transportation, human health, and the environment will be considered. 

The source of TomKat seed funds is gift money.

Expected seed funding for each project is up to $200,000 for up to two years.

For more information, please refer to: https://tomkat.stanford.edu/rfp

 

The Global Climate and Energy Project

Abstracts due: Feb 26, 2018                                         Proposals due: March 26, 2018

This is sponsored research funding for research aimed at fundamental, pre-commercial exploratory research in energy.  Projects are intended to allow testing of the feasibility of step-out ideas that may seed follow-on work with industry Sponsors.

The source of GCEP exploratory funding is from GCEP’s current industry Sponsors.

Expected exploratory funding for each project is up to $100,000 for one year.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Milne (jmilne@stanford.edu).