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Strategic Energy Research Consortium

SERC was established by the Strategic Energy Alliance to support fundamental, pre-commercial, high-risk, high-reward research in the field of energy. SERC provides an opportunity to develop and explore novel concepts in the area of energy science, technology, systems analysis, and policy and is modeled on the recently completed Global Climate & Energy Project.

SERC invites proposals from Stanford faculty that address global energy challenges in creative ways and that have the potential for high impact. This is an opportunity for faculty to innovate beyond their existing areas by proposing fundamentally new ideas that could lead to new directions in the energy field, as well as apply knowledge and expertise from other fields that are not traditionally used in energy, to tackle energy-related challenges.

Past Request for Proposals

In July 2020, SERC invited proposals from Stanford faculty performing new research in energy in the following areas:

Theme 1.  Energy Science and Technologies

  • Renewable, sustainable and carbon-neutral/negative energy technologies
  • Greenhouse gas management strategies that have the potential to be scalable cost-effectively to Gigaton levels of CO2-equivalent reductions and that may include nature-based solutions not directly related to energy
  • Resilience; efficiency; safety; and affordability of energy systems and devices
  • Life cycle and energy systems analysis; Computational modeling to understand complexity; Improved and integrated assessment models.

Theme 2.  Energy Finance, Human Behavior, and Policy

  • Finance/investment/policy to enable low carbon/zero carbon/renewable technologies
  • Market and regulatory policy design and implementation strategies
  • Behavior/human factors in the use of energy

25 research proposals were submitted and reviewed by internal and external panels. Six efforts have been selected to share in the $5M in total funding and the announcement of these awards will be made shortly.