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National Science Foundation Energy for Sustainability Grant Program

The Energy for Sustainability program supports fundamental research and education in energy production, conversion, and storage and is focused on energy sources that are environmentally friendly and renewable.  Most world energy needs are currently met through the combustion of fossil fuels.  With projected increases in global energy needs, more sustainable methods for energy production will need to be developed, and production of greenhouse gases will need to be reduced.  Sources of sustainable energy include: Sunlight, Wind, and Biomass.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The average annual award size for the program is $100,000.  The duration of CAREER awards is five years.  The submission deadline for Engineering CAREER proposals is in July every year.  Please see the following URL for more information: Proposals for Conferences, Workshops, and Supplements may be submitted at any time, but must be discussed with the program director before submission.  Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) replace the SGER program.  Please note that proposals of these types must be discussed with the program director before submission.  Click Here for more information.

National Science Foundation: Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. This solicitation especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education, for example, by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively. Thus transferability and dissemination are critical aspects for projects developing instructional materials and methods and should be considered throughout the project’s lifetime.  More advanced projects should involve efforts to facilitate adaptation at other sites.

The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning.  It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. It also supports projects that further the work of the program itself, for example, synthesis and dissemination of findings across the program. The program supports projects representing different stages of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects.

This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students . This program provides indirect funding for undergraduate students or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curriculum development, training, or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.  READ MORE

National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education  (ATE)

With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.
This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, K-12 Educators . This program supports institutions which may provide support to individuals at those institutions. To inquire about opportunities in this program, contact one of the awarded institutions, available by clicking on the Awards link.

Interagency Education Research Initiative

The goal of the Interagency Education Research Initiative for NSF is to support scientific research that investigates the effectiveness of educational interventions (defined as educational practices, strategies, curricula, or programs) in preK-12 science and/or mathematics as they are implemented in varied school and home settings with diverse student populations. From an empirical perspective, the aim of IERI is to identify the conditions under which effective, evidence-based interventions to improve preK-12 student learning and achievement succeed when applied on a large scale. This necessarily requires a multidisciplinary approach; the participation of a variety of experts including science, mathematics, and engineering faculty along with education researchers is encouraged.  In addition, successful projects will include a variety of partners such as states, universities, schools, teachers, and parents and will also require the use of technology for the scaling or the study of the intervention. NSF especially encourages proposals focusing on middle and high school mathematics and/or science.

IERI will fund two types of projects — contextual projects and scaling projects.

Contextual projects are smaller projects that aim to develop components of a potential scaling project. Examples include feasibility studies, instrument development, and replication studies. Contextual projects can be funded for up to 5 years for up to a total of $2,000,000.

Scaling projects are larger projects that aim to demonstrate that an intervention can scale in either size of affected population or in the variety of contexts in which the intervention is successful. Scaling projects can be funded for up to 5 years for up to a total of $6,000,000. Scaling projects must have a strong evidentiary base and demonstrate, through rigorous, well-controlled, large-scale empirical studies, which proposed education approaches are in fact most effective in practice. The interventions may be school-based or based outside of school and should use technology either in the intervention or in its analysis.   READ MORE

US Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

The Rural Energy for America Program (formerly Section 9006 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program), through USDA Rural Development offers grants, guaranteed loans, and combination grant/guaranteed loans to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements in rural areas.

Grants of up to $500,000 and guaranteed loans of up to $25 million are available.  Click here for more information.

US Department of Energy:  Energy Innovation Hubs

The Department of Energy has launched three Energy Innovation Hubs.  the Hubs will help advance highly promising areas of energy science and engineering from the early stage of research to the point where the technology can be handed off to the private sector.  In other words, this work will ultimately lead to new clean energy solutions and new jobs for America’s families.

Each Hub will foster unique, cross-disciplinary collaborations by bringing together leading scientists to focus on a high priority technology.  The Hubs will tackle three of the most important energy challenges we face:

  1. How can we derive fuels directly from sunlight in an efficient and economical way?
  2. How can we design, construct and retrofit commercial and residential buildings that are vastly more energy efficient than today’s buildings?
  3. How can we use modeling and simulation technologies to make significant leaps forward in nuclear reactor design and engineering?

Click here for more information.  Click here for application information.

US Department of Energy: Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center

To view a state’s incentives and laws related to alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, select a state from the map or menu on this page. For examples of incentives and laws developed on a local level and that apply to cities and counties instead of an entire state, learn about local incentives and laws.   READ MORE

The Third Frontier Project: Ohio’s High Tech Research Grant Program

The Third Frontier Project was initiated in February 2002. This project is the state’s largest-ever commitment to expanding Ohio’s high-tech research capabilities and promoting innovation and company formation  that will create high-paying jobs for generations to come. The 10-year, $1.6 billion initiative is designed to:

  • Build world-class research capacity
  • Support early stage capital formation and the development of new products
  • Finance advanced manufacturing technologies to help existing industries become more productive

Through the Third Frontier Project, additional federal and private sector support can boost the total investment to more than $6 billion.  Click here for more information.

The Iowa Energy Center

The Iowa Energy Center conducts and sponsors research in the areas of alternate energy and energy efficiency. The Energy Center supports research through our competitive grants program.

The Energy Center also awards scholarships to Iowa high school students at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa for exceptional energy-related projects.

The Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Program (AERLP) is managed for the State by the Energy Center. This zero interest financing program encourages the construction of renewable energy production facilities in Iowa.  READ MORE

ecoENERGY for Biofuels

The ecoENERGY for Biofuels program supports the production of renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel and encourages the development of a competitive domestic industry for renewable fuels. The program provides an operating incentive to facilities that produce renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel in Canada.   ecoENERGY for Biofuels will invest up to $1.5 billion over nine years in support of biofuel production in Canada. Administered by Natural Resources Canada, the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program runs from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2017. Recipients will be entitled to receive incentives for up to seven consecutive years.  Click here for more information.

Science Opportunities Fund

The Science Opportunities Fund program was initially launched on April 11, 2008 as a $2M pilot program. SOF is now an on-going program with four intakes planned over approximately two years, and fills a much needed funding gap with an additional investment of $8M, half of which is provided by Genome BC. The program is expected to support modest endeavors typically in the range of $25,000-$200,000. Genome BC will provide no more than $200,000 with one-time funding that cannot be funded in whole or in part, through traditional mechanisms, which will catalyze or seed significant new programs and initiatives of key strategic importance to the British Columbia life sciences community.

This program aims to support BC researchers by:

  • Increasing access to emerging technologies in the genome sciences being developed nationally or internationally, in order to maintain their competitiveness;
  • Fostering partnerships with national and international stakeholders in the genome sciences; and,
  • Facilitating new and innovative means of interactions with industry or other end-users of genome sciences.    READ MORE Round 1 READ MORE  Round 2