Expected seed funding for each project is up to $100,000 for up to two years (subject to 8% infrastructure fee)
Academic Council Faculty
Applications closed on March 15, 2019
Approximate Offer Date:
October 1st, 2019
The Precourt Institute invites proposals for seed funding of projects that, if successful, could equip investigators to obtain funding for follow-on research from other sources. Such projects inevitably involve risk; the evaluation of the proposals will attempt to balance the risk and potential impacts of a successful project. This research funding is intended to encourage faculty to move into interdisciplinary energy research that is a departure from ongoing work in their research groups.
This call from the Precourt Institute includes the Bits & Watts initiative, and the Sustainable Finance Initiative. Topic areas of interest and within each call are:
I. Precourt Institute for Energy
Game-changing Energy Concepts
Access to Affordable and Clean Energy for Developing Economies
Global Carbon Management
Innovations in Public Policy
Pre-seed Idea Development (funding for up to $75,000 for one year).
II. Bits & Watts
Reliability and Safety of the Electric Grid
III. Sustainable Finance Initiative
Risk Metrics and Management
Restructuring Legacy Systems.
For more details on topic areas and to submit your letter of intent, click here.
departure from ongoing work in your research group
equip investigators to obtain funding for follow-on research from other sources
Participate in the annual Precourt seed projects workshop in the Fall (October 2, 2019). Submit to annual and interim reports on your work that summarize research findings, publications, etc.
Maximum funding amount:
How can the funds be used?
The source of funding is gift funds; therefore, no project may charge indirect costs, even if non-Stanford investigators would complete some part of the project. The budget should include direct costs plus the university infrastructure burden of 8%. Awarded projects will be funded through a newly created and designated PTA(s) less the 8% infrastructure charge; the infrastructure charge for the award will be paid directly by The Precourt Institute. Budgets should identify the level of effort committed to the project. Principal Investigator (PI) effort is not required on University Research awards. Follow-up funding in subsequent years is not anticipated.