IEE Seed Grant Program

Investing in innovation

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) Seed Grant Program is intended to foster 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 125 interdisciplinary projects across multiple Penn State colleges and campuses. 

See the 2021-2022 Awarded Seed Grant projects


Institutes of Energy and the Environment Seed Grant Program

Current Seed Grant Opportunity

IEE–RISE 2022 Climate Seed Grant Program

The goal of the IEE-RISE 2022 Seed Grant Program is to build and facilitate computational and data science support for research projects that make climate related data and data products more available and relevant to the communities that find value in them. Through these projects, the Consortium aims to add breadth to the scope of its interdisciplinary research portfolio by using climate science data in innovative and applied ways, from discovery to decisions to impact.

Proposals may support new or existing research programs that seek to: increase research discovery, impact, or creative scholarship; grow faculty expertise in data and advanced computing; or overcome hurdles in implementing such programs. Projects may utilize the expertise in RISE in data management platform creation, computing, programming, data visualization, and data exploration. Proposals that advance interdisciplinary research, including content for new proposals, are especially welcomed.

It is estimated that most awardees will receive 100-300 hours of RISE consulting time.

Deadline: Friday, August 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Learn more and apply

Growing Impact Podcast

Growing Impact is a podcast that explores IEE seed grant-funded projects through short conversations with researchers about their work. Transcripts are also available for each episode. Visit our library of podcasts or listen/subscribe on your favorite platform, including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Spotify.

Return on Investment

2.5:1 return on IEE seed grants, or $2.50 for every $1 invested

150+ students supported with IEE seed grants

250+ scholarly publications or presentations related to IEE seed grants

Seed Grant History

See the awarded projects, recipients, RFPs, and committees from each seed grant year.