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. Since 2013, IEE has awarded more than $2 million to 96 interdisciplinary projects across fifteen Penn State colleges and campuses.

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

  • Climate and Ecosystem Change
  • Future Energy Supply
  • Health and the Environment
  • Smart Energy 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. 

2019 Seed Grant Opportunity

The IEE 2019 Seed Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) is currently accepting submissions.   
IEE is seeking proposals that address at least one of our core themes or special cross-cutting topics. This year, up to $400,000 of program funding is available.
Submission deadline: December 4, 2019. 


Time Event
November 6, 2019 12:15–1 p.m.

Informational webinar for program questions
Webinar Presentation
Webinar Recording

December 4, 2019 5 p.m.

Proposals due 

February 14, 2020 5p.m.

Funding decisions announced

April 1, 2020 -- Grant funds made available and must be expended by June 30, 2021

Download a PDF version of the RFP


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