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Strategic Energy Research Consortium (SERC) - Request for Proposals

Open to Stanford faculty only.

Letter of intent deadline has been extended to August 7, 2020 and full proposal deadline has been extended to September 10, 2020, due to COVID-19 situation.

The Strategic Energy Alliance (SEA) is an academic-private sector program established at Stanford for large global companies deeply involved in energy. Its purpose is to innovate and strategically shape the landscape of the global energy system through research and engagement in clean energy development, deployment, scale-up, and finance.

The Strategic Energy Research Consortium (SERC) was established by SEA in 2018, 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 and Energy Project (GCEP).

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.  Around $5M of funding is expected to be available in this call, for projects lasting up to three years.

A letter of intent to submit is due on August 7, 2020 (extended from July 24, 2020), and full proposals are due on September 10, 2020 (extended from August 28, 2020).

This call is open to 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

For further details, please refer to the full RFP (SUNet ID required).