Investing in innovation
The Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEE) Seed Grant Program fosters basic and applied research on strategic interdisciplinary topics that leverage faculty expertise across the University. The Seed Grant Program strives to:
- Develop new interdisciplinary research teams and position them for high-impact research and substantial external funding success
- Pursue novel research in IEE’s research themes, especially high-risk proof of concept projects
- Promote research development and mentorship between junior and senior faculty
Since the seed grant program's beginning, its goal has been to sow investments in the beginning stages of new and innovative energy and environmental research. IEE has awarded funding to more than 400 researchers and 200 interdisciplinary projects across multiple Penn State colleges and campuses.
2024 Seed Grant Program
The 2024 Seed Grant Program is accepting proposals through November 29, 2023.
A Return on Research Investments of 12:1
The IEE Seed Grant Program has resulted in a 12:1 return on its investments, or $12 for every $1 invested. Since 2016, the program has resulted in more than $60 million in external funding from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry.
This is demonstrative of a principal objective of the IEE Seed Grant Program, which is to develop new interdisciplinary research teams and position them for high-impact research and substantial external funding success.