Grants Database

The Foundation awards approximately 200 grants per year (excluding the Sloan Research Fellowships), totaling roughly $80 million dollars in annual commitments in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. This database contains grants for currently operating programs going back to 2008. For grants from prior years and for now-completed programs, see the annual reports section of this website.

Grants Database

Grantee
Amount
City
Year
  • grantee: Center for Strategic and International Studies
    amount: $50,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2019

    To support two annual Energy Futures Forums in identifying and evaluating key energy economics, policy, and technology trends

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Sarah Ladislaw

    To support two annual Energy Futures Forums in identifying and evaluating key energy economics, policy, and technology trends

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  • grantee: University of Oregon
    amount: $44,760
    city: Eugene, OR
    year: 2019

    To analyze data from a randomized field experiment to evaluate how dynamic pricing programs interact and impact household electricity consumption

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Grant Jacobsen

    To analyze data from a randomized field experiment to evaluate how dynamic pricing programs interact and impact household electricity consumption

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  • grantee: Iowa State University Foundation
    amount: $249,978
    city: Ames, IA
    year: 2019

    To assess the characteristics of different residential, commercial and industrial load types as potential demand response resources

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Kristen Cetin

    To assess the characteristics of different residential, commercial and industrial load types as potential demand response resources

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  • grantee: Boston University
    amount: $89,345
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2019

    To organize a workshop on integrating new electric mobility systems with the electric grid infrastructure

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Christos Cassandras

    To organize a workshop on integrating new electric mobility systems with the electric grid infrastructure

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  • grantee: Boulder Housing Coalition
    amount: $160,000
    city: Boulder, CO
    year: 2019

    To make energy data openly available and easily accessible for researchers by expanding the Public Utility Data Liberation (PUDL) platform

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Christina Gosnell

    To make energy data openly available and easily accessible for researchers by expanding the Public Utility Data Liberation (PUDL) platform

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  • grantee: Colorado School of Mines
    amount: $600,000
    city: Golden, CO
    year: 2019

    To provide programmatic and administrative support for a new multidisciplinary doctoral training program in advanced energy systems

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Morgan Bazilian

    The Colorado School of Mines, in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has established a new, unique graduate program in Advanced Energy Systems. Working closely with faculty and researchers from both institutions, doctoral students will move seamlessly between Mines and NREL to augment their academic training with hands-on experience, providing a robust, multidisciplinary foundation for understanding and analyzing energy systems. This grant supports this innovative new doctoral program in three ways. First, it will provide two years of salary support for a program director staff position; the program director will be responsible for overseeing program management, student recruitment, external partnerships, and donor outreach. Second, it provides funds for a student-run seminar series that will allow students to bring in external energy experts to enrich the training program. Third, it provides funds for the development and implementation of a summer research program for enrolled doctoral students, helping select students in the Ph.D. program pursue individualized research projects in furtherance of their training and education.

    To provide programmatic and administrative support for a new multidisciplinary doctoral training program in advanced energy systems

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  • grantee: Environmental Defense Fund Inc.
    amount: $600,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To provide final support for a training and networking program for early-career energy and environment professionals conducting economic and scientific research in applied settings

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Steven Hamburg

    This grant supports an innovative training and professional development program at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to give early-career scientists and economists the skills needed to effectively conduct policy-relevant research in an applied setting, outside a college or university. Training covers such topics as communications, proposal writing, program management, and team leadership and features a series of workshops that separately target postbaccalaureates and postdoctoral researchers to reflect the different skill development needs of these two groups.   Funds from this grant will allow EDF to enhance and expand this program. Formerly focused on training EDF’s in-house junior scientists, the program will expand through a series of institutional partnerships to include other early-career researchers at other universities and NGOs. The curriculum will also expand to include a series of monthly in-person or virtual workshops on relevant topics, including data science and empirical research methods. Additional funds support efforts to track and evaluate the impact of the program, to place trained scientists in policy-relevant positions at NGOs or in government, and to distill and disseminate lessons learned to those institutions interested in starting similar programs. EDF plans to integrate aspects of this program into its standard professional development activities by the conclusion of this grant.

    To provide final support for a training and networking program for early-career energy and environment professionals conducting economic and scientific research in applied settings

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  • grantee: University of Maryland, College Park
    amount: $300,000
    city: College Park, MD
    year: 2019

    To undertake a multidisciplinary study to assess the costs and benefits of installing electric heat pumps

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Yueming (Lucy) Qiu

    Most home heating systems involve burning natural gas or oil. However, a less carbon-intensive technology is becoming more readily available: electric heat pumps. Heat pumps can provide heating services through interchanges with the ambient air or from the ground. Heat pumps have become increasingly more efficient than conventional oil or gas systems, with the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This grant funds a multi-institutional project led by economist Yueming Lucy Qiu at the University of Maryland, College Park, engineer Parth Vaishnav at Carnegie Mellon University, and economist Pengfei Liu at the University of Rhode Island that will examine the economic and engineering tradeoffs associated with heat pump installation. Qiu and her team have procured access to a detailed dataset drawn from Zillow, the popular real estate website, that contains records on nearly four million homes with heat pumps installed, the most extensive dataset on heat pumps that is readily available. Analyzing the Zillow data, Qiu and her team will examine how heat pump installation impacts home property values and how federal, state, and local incentive policies impact consumer decisions to install heat pumps. The team plans to produce a number of academic articles on these topics for both social science and engineering journals, and the dataset will be made available for other scholars for their own analyses.

    To undertake a multidisciplinary study to assess the costs and benefits of installing electric heat pumps

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $50,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2019

    To establish an External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee consisting of leading energy and environmental economists to analyze cost-benefit tradeoffs

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator George (JR) DeShazo

    To establish an External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee consisting of leading energy and environmental economists to analyze cost-benefit tradeoffs

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  • grantee: Brown University
    amount: $50,000
    city: Providence, RI
    year: 2019

    To disseminate research findings from the Oil Climate Index

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Deborah Gordon

    To disseminate research findings from the Oil Climate Index

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