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Requests for Proposals

Precourt Institute Funding Opportunities in Energy for Stanford Faculty

The Precourt Institute for Energy works to build Stanford’s capacity to conduct high-impact research across the full range of energy sourcing, conversions, transmission, uses, emissions abatement and carbon management, as well as improve the financial, legal and regulatory environments that affect deployment of energy technologies.

This year, in lieu of seed grants, we plan to award  the new Precourt Pioneering Projects grants.

Issue Date: February 8, 2021

Proposals Due: March 7, 2021

Presentation: March 17-26, 2021

Awards: April, 2021

These grant awards are aimed at tackling urgent and important problems in energy and those that are underdeveloped relative to other areas at Stanford. These awards are to support faculty to build a strong collaborative team of 3-4 faculty members and enable them to explore outside funding opportunities based on this research.

In this inaugural call, the Precourt Institute invites Stanford faculty to submit proposals for research in the focus area of using innovative applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve critical challenges in energy, climate, and integrated energy systems. Further details on RFP scope, how to apply, and the proposal selection process can be found in the RFP document here.

The Precourt Pioneering Projects will be funded to a level of $450,000 for two years. It is anticipated that one project will be funded per call and we plan to issue quarterly calls, each in a different focus area.


  • Future calls for proposals will likely include areas from the Bits & Watts Initiative and include: AI for electricity infrastructure climate resilience; and AI for climate and electricity sector justice and equity. Please see the Bits & Watts website for more information about their upcoming workshops related to these topics.