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Request for Proposals from Stanford Faculty

Issued: February 25, 2019

Letter of Intent to Submit Due: March 25, 2019

Full Proposals (by invitation) Due: May 1, 2019


This call for proposals is open to Stanford faculty embarking on new research directions in sustainable energy or at the nexus of energy with food, water, transportation, human health, and the environment. The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy (TKC) expects to award up to three seed grants through this call. These grants are meant to promote early stage high-risk, high-reward research projects with seed funding of up to $100,000 (inclusive of Stanford’s 8% isc fees) per year for up to two years.

General Call

As part of its mandate to develop sustainable energy systems for the future, TKC actively works to help build Stanford’s capability related to the broad deployment of sustainable energy technologies and systems and to further understanding of the resulting impact and implications. This year, TKC is pleased to issue a general call and invite proposals for seed funding of research projects that are consistent with our mission to advance sustainable energy for the betterment of all. The intent of this RFP is to fund projects that, if successful, will equip investigators with early results that will enable them to write compelling follow-on research proposals for more substantial funding from external sources.

Additional seed funding opportunities for energy-related research are available from multiple Stanford entities. You can find more information about the appropriateness of your proposal for each call here.

 Download the Full RFP

For questions associated with the seed grant program or the submission process please contact:

Danica Sarlya at

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