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Precourt Institute for Energy invites research proposals from Stanford faculty

The Precourt Institute for Energy works to build Stanford’s capacity to conduct high-impact research across the full range of energy conversions and uses, as well as improve the legal and regulatory environments that affect deployment of energy technologies. 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. This year, the request for proposals includes calls from the Bits & Watts, and SFI Initiatives and is open to Stanford faculty performing new research in energy in the following areas:


Please read the RFP and topics therein and respond to the area that is most appropriate for your proposal.

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.  

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

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 (