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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 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.

Proposals will compete for energy research seed grants from Precourt and the Initiatives and are open to Stanford faculty performing new research in all energy areas of interest. Please respond to the initiative and area that is the most appropriate fit for your proposed research.

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.

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

Proposals are due on February 28, 2020.  Awards 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 & 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.

 

Energy Seed Funding Requests for proposals, 2020

Organization/
Initiative
RFP Issued  

LOI Due 

Proposal Due Topics Funding Amount
Bits & Watts Feb 7, 2020 Mar 13,       2020    April 13, 2020 Electric Grid; Resilient and Secure Systems; Electrification of Transportation; Future Electricity Business Ecosystems  
Precourt Institute for Energy Feb 7, 2020 Mar 13, 2020   April 13, 2020 All Energy Areas and Carbon Management Up to $150,000, per project, over one or two years
Stanford Hydrogen Focus Group Feb 7, 2020 Mar 13, 2020  April 13, 2020 Hydrogen: generation; storage & distribution; utilization Up to $75,000, per project for one year
StorageX Jan 31, 2020 N/A Feb 28, 2020 Battery management system; Reuse and recycle; Circular economics; materials discovery via artificial intelligence approaches Up to $60,000, per project for one year
Strategic Energy Alliance, Seed Energy Research Consortium          
Sustainable Finance Initiative Feb 7, 2020 Mar 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 Risk Metrics and Management; Stranded Assets; Restructuring Legacy Systems Up to $150,000, per project for one or two years