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.

IEE has five strategic research themes of focus (listed alphabetically):

  • Climate and Ecosystem Change
  • Health and the Environment
  • Integrated Energy Systems
  • Urban Systems
  • Water and Biogeochemical Cycles

The Seed Grant Program strives to: 

  • Develop new interdisciplinary research teams and position them for substantial external funding success;  
  • Pursue novel research in IEE’s theme areas, especially high-risk proof of concept projects; and  
  • Promote research development and mentorship between junior and senior faculty. 

2020-21 Seed Grant Opportunity

See the 2020 Seed Grant opportunity

Submission deadline: February 12, 2021. 


Time Event
February 12, 2021 5 p.m.

Proposals due 

March 19, 2021 5 p.m.

Funding decisions announced

April 16, 2021 -- Grant funds made available and must be expended by June 30, 2022

Download a PDF version of the RFP


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