IEE Seed Grant Program

Latest IEE Seed Grant

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) announced the 2021–22 Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals. Deadline for proposals is November 19, 2021, 5 p.m.

The funding is intended to foster basic and applied interdisciplinary energy and environmental research that leverages faculty expertise across the University. 

Recorded Webinar

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Investing in Innovation

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 more than $2 million to over 100 interdisciplinary projects across multiple Penn State colleges and campuses. 

The Seed Grant Program strives to:

  • Develop new interdisciplinary research teams and position them for substantial external funding success
  • Pursue novel science related to IEE’s research themes
  • Promote research development and mentorship between junior and senior faculty

Seed Grant Impacts

Growing Impact Podcast

Growing Impact is a podcast that explores IEE seed grant-funded projects of researchers and scientists who are solving some of the world's most challenging energy and environmental issues.

Return on Investment


return on IEE seed grants, or $2.50 for every $1 invested


students supported with IEE seed grants


scholarly publications or presentations related to IEE seed grants

Seed Grant History

See the RFPs, the committees, the recipients, and the return on investment from each seed grant year.