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Seed Research Programs

Seed grants are awarded to Stanford faculty for research proposals with a strong potential for high impact on energy supply and use. These proof-of-concept awards bridge theory to early experiment and analysis. Proposals from research teams with faculty from different academic departments are given strongly encouraged.

Seed grants are awarded each year by the Precourt Institute for Energy, Bits & Watts and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy. (Information about requests for proposals for 2019 is here.) In past years, the Global Climate & Energy Project and the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center have also funded seed research projects. Below is a searchable, filterable catalog of funded seed research projects.

Year Topic Principal Investigators Organization
2011

Some of the world’s highest agricultural yields come from irrigated systems in deserts, which...

Chris Field, Noah Diffenbaugh and David Lobell, environmental Earth system science

Funded by the TomKat Center with support from PIE 

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
2011

One of the largest benefits of renewable energy generation is reduced degradation of natural...

Michael Lepech and David Freyberg, civil and environment engineering; John Weyant, management science and engineering; Stefan Reichelstein, Graduate School of Business

Funded by the TomKat Center with support from PIE

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
2010

This research investigates ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD) of textured...

Bruce Clemens and Alberto Salleo, materials science and engineering

Global Climate and Energy Project
2010

The constant brightness theorem, says that the optical power flow per unit of area and solid...

Reinhold H. Dauskardt, materials science and engineering; Olav Solgaard and Nina Vaidya, electrical engineering

Global Climate and Energy Project
2010

Our long term objective is to develop efficient and cost-effective...

Cem Albayrak, chemical engineering; Sylvie Long, bioengineering; Phil Smith, chemical engineering; James R. Swartz, chemical engineering and bioengineering

Global Climate and Energy Project
2010

Photovoltaics, which utilizes the largest possible energy source to generate...

Yi Cui, materials science and engineering; Shanhui Fan, electrical engineering

Global Climate and Energy Project
2010

The aim of this project is to understand how we can motivate individuals to achieve sustainable...

Matthew Harding, economics

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
2010

We propose to develop a building energy model using the current best practices in computational...

Martin Fischer, civil and environmental engineering; Erin Hult; Gianluca Iaccarino, mechanical engineering

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
2010

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Martin Fisher, civil and environmental engineering; Tobias Maile, civil and environmental engineering

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
2010

Research will: Identify and document the key organizational, inter-organizational, and industry...

Dana Gavrieli, civil and environmental engineering;  Raymond E. Levitt, civil and environmental engineering; Erica L. Plambeck, Graduate School of Business

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
2010

This project developed modeling software that simulates hydraulic fracturing of geothermal...

Roland Horne, energy resources engineering

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

Using solar power to produce hydrogen could be a big part of a clean energy future, but the idea...

Paul McIntyre, materials science and engineering; Christopher Chidsey, chemistry

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

The global population currently uses energy at a rate of nearly 16 terawatts, of...

Matthew Kanan, chemistry

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

This project began the development of a low-cost, high-performance alkaline exchange membrane to...

Curtis Frank, chemical engineering; Michael Toney, SLAC

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

The researchers are coating the fibers in paper and textiles with nano-scale...

Yi Cui, materials science and engineering; and Zhenan Bao, chemical engineering

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

Current solar photovoltaic cells can be comparatively efficient but expensive, like those using...

Jim Plummer, electrical engineering


 

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

This research focuses on the development of systems analysis, control, and monitoring...

Dimitry Gorinevsky and Sanjay Lall, aeronautics-astronautics and electrical engineering

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
2010

The project aims to research and begin prototype development of GridSpice, a...

Stephen Boyd, electrical engineering; Abbas El Gamal, electrical engineering; Amit Narayan, Smart Grid Research and Modeling; Dan O'Neill, electrical engineering; Benjamin Van Roy, management science and engineering and electrical engineering

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
2010

The research proposed here will develop a quantitative model that seeks to fill these gaps-...

Stephen Boyd, electrical engineering; Mark Thurber, PESD; Frank Wolak, economics

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
2010

The project seeks approaches to increase the penetration of wind energy production by decreasing...

Ram Rajagopal, civil and environmental engineering

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

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