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Sustainable Energy Grants

The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy aims to harness the skills and creativity of Stanford University's leading science, technology, and policy experts to transform the world's energy systems for a sustainable future. In support of this effort, the Center offers a suite of funding opportunities to support the RESEARCH, INNOVATION TRANSFER, and EDUCATION activities of Stanford faculty, students, and staff. Research at the intersection of energy with food, water, transportation, human health, and the environment is of particular interest.


Seed Grants:  Meant to promote early-stage high-risk, high-reward research projects with seed funding of up to $100,000 per year for up to two years.  The TomKat Center is currently requesting proposals from Stanford faculty for research in sustainable energy.
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LOIs Due: March 25, 2019
Proposals Due: May 1, 2019


Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainable Energy: Designed to attract exceptional early career researchers to Stanford University, winners of these internationally competitive postdoctoral fellowships will receive support for up to two years to work on creative, multi-disciplinary research that complements the existing work of Stanford faculty in sustainable energy-related areas, or creates new research directions within the core topical areas of the TomKat Center.
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Applications Due: July 15, 2019



Innovation Transfer Grants: Designed to help inventors bridge the gap between research and commercialization through the development of prototypes, market research, business plan refinement, and other activities that assist in the externalization of Stanford innovation.  Awarded to Stanford teams, in collaboration with a Stanford faculty mentor, for terms of 3 to 12 months.  Award amounts based on the level of the commercial validation.  Rolling applications accepted year-round; funds are limited.   
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For Consideration Spring Quarter, Pre-Proposals Due: March 22, 2019



energyCatalyst Grants: Available to faculty, academic staff, and students in any department or school. Their aim is to augment curriculum with experts and experiences and introduce or deepen students’ knowledge around sustainable energy concepts, through fieldtrips, guest speakers, demonstrations, or other activities. Awards of up to $1,500 per class per quarter. Rolling applications accepted year-round; funds are limited.
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Applications Due: Accepted Year-Round