Seed Grants

Penn State research institutes, such as IEE, offer seed grants to promising interdisciplinary research projects with the goal of producing results that will lead to future external funding.


IEE Seed Grant Program

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment Seed Grant Program fosters basic and applied research on strategic interdisciplinary topics that leverage faculty expertise across the university. Since 2013, IEE has supported over 100 interdisciplinary projects across fifteen Penn State colleges and campuses.

Ecology Institute Flower Grant for Ecological Research

The Ecology Institute's annual funding opportunity, Flower Grant for Ecological Research, supports ecology research focused across its five core themes. The Flower Grant program recognizes the success of existing teams and centers in convergent ecological research along these themes and aims to support their growth through modest supplemental funding.

EESL Green

A funding program by the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories (EESL), EESL Green, looks to support energy and environment, materials, and fermentation laboratory research by undergraduate and graduate students at any Penn State campus. Up to $2,500 is available for each accepted proposal.

Mainstreaming Biodiversity Seed Grant

This program supports transdisciplinary research projects related to the value of biodiversity, biodiversity in a changing world, tools for supporting biodiversity, and strategies to expand biodiversity efforts. Funding provided by the Sustainability Institute, with support from the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Ecology Institute, and Insect Biodiversity Center.

Living Multifunctional Materials Collaborative Research Seed Grant

This seed grant program is focused on the discovery of sustainable materials that are biological or inspired by biological principles. The aim is to seed collaborations between researchers at Penn State and the University of Freiburg by exploring bold and intellectually brave research that could make a significant difference for society at large.

Other Opportunities

A collection of funding opportunities from foundations, government agencies, and more.

See the list of Other Funding Opportunities