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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 StorageX Initiative. This page provides an overview of the objectives and technical areas of interest for each request. This year, the Precourt Institute for Energy is issuing requests for proposals on behalf of the StorageX, Bits & Watts, and the SFI Initiatives, and the Stanford Hydrogen Focus Group.

Please read the RFPs and topic areas and respond to the request that is most appropriate for your proposal. 

Please note that funding amounts and project duration may differ between RFPs and topic areas*.

 

The StorageX Initiative, 2020 Request for Proposals from Stanford Faculty

RFP issued: January 31, 2020; Proposals due: February 28, 2020

The StorageX Initiative is a new initiative launched under the Precourt Institute on Oct. 17, 2019. With a focus on energy storage, among it's goals are to build strong partnerships between university, industry and government; enhance Stanford-internal collaboration to identify and tackle grand challenges; and foster student interest in energy storage research. This request for proposals is an opportunity for Stanford faculty to explore creative ideas in energy storage, related to the following areas:

1) Battery management system
2) Battery re-use and recycle
3) Circular economics of battery cells and systems
4) Battery materials discovery via artificial intelligence approaches.

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

Proposals are due on February 28, 2020Awards will be announced in March 2020.

*Expected seed funding is up to $60,000 per project, for one year.

 

The Precourt Institute for Energy, 2020 Request for Proposals 

Including the Bits and Watts, and the Sustainable Finance Initiatives

RFP issued: February 7, 2020
Letter of Intent due: March 13, 2020                   Proposal due: April 13, 2020

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


If you have questions about the technical areas within the RFPs, please contact Jennifer Milne (jmilne@stanford.edu) or contacts listed in the RFP documents.

*Expected seed funding for each project in all areas under Precourt and the Sustainable Finance Initiative is up to $150,000 per project for up to two years. The source of seed funds is gift money.

*Proposals for seed funding from Bits & Watts will be awarded up to $100,000 per project, per year for up to two years.  The source of funding is unrestricted funds from industrial affiliates.

 

Stanford Hydrogen Focus Group

RFP issued: February 7, 2020
Letter of Intent due: March 13, 2020                   Proposal due: April 13, 2020

*Proposals for seed funding from The Stanford Hydrogen Focus Group will be awarded up to $75,000 for one year. The source of funding is unrestricted funds from industrial affiliates.

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