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: International Energy Program Evaluation Conference
    amount: $20,000
    city: Chatham, MA
    year: 2015

    To continue to accelerate and advance the profession of energy evaluation through instilling an interest in and connections to professional evaluation of energy programs and policies by enabling graduate students to attend the IEPPEC Conference at no charge

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Jane Peters

    To continue to accelerate and advance the profession of energy evaluation through instilling an interest in and connections to professional evaluation of energy programs and policies by enabling graduate students to attend the IEPPEC Conference at no charge

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  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $588,800
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2015

    To undertake economic research on energy infrastructure, with a focus on hydrocarbon transport and local energy distribution

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator James Bushnell

    Funds from this grant support an initiative by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) to create a research working group on energy infrastructure. Bringing together leading economists as well as junior scholars entering the field, the working group aims to develop and implement a research agenda focused on two issue areas: the transport of hydrocarbons and the increase in distributed energy generation and storage. Spurred by the discovery of new oil and gas resources in the U.S., research in the first issue area will explore the economic costs, benefits, and policy issues associated with moving oil and methane by truck, rail, and pipeline. Research in the second issue area will focus on issues such as the expanding market for rooftop solar panels, utilization of electric vehicles as backup battery power, developments in smart grid technologies, and how these new technologies interact with existing energy generation and distribution infrastructure. Grant funds will support an initial workshop on each of the two topic areas, the development and implementation of up to 16 separate studies, and a capstone conference for the presentation of research results. The effort will be led by James Bushnell from the University of California, Davis; Ryan Kellogg from the University of Michigan; and Erin Mansur from Dartmouth College.

    To undertake economic research on energy infrastructure, with a focus on hydrocarbon transport and local energy distribution

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $1,499,516
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2015

    To support the E2e project and continue the expansion, coordination, and facilitation of interdisciplinary research on energy efficiency through randomized controlled trials and other experimental methodologies

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Catherine Wolfram

    This grant provides three years of continued support to the E2e project, a multi-institutional collaboration of researchers who have come together to examine the “energy efficiency paradox,” the name given to the puzzling phenomenon of consumers’ failure to widely adopt money-saving energy efficiency practices, products, and technologies. Headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley and with organizational nodes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, the E2e collaboration brings scholars and students together to share and access data, connect with policymakers and the private sector, and work together on the design and implementation of individual and joint research projects. Topics being investigated by E2e researchers include understanding consumer decision-making in the residential sector; how framing, discounting, and choice architecture contribute to informational and behavioral inefficiencies; how to use insights from behavioral psychology and economics to increase the impact of policy interventions; and how well engineering models predict actual real world efficiency gains of adopted technologies. Grant funds provide operating support for the project, including funds for the expansion of the research network to include new scholars, publication of a working paper and policy brief series, data acquisition, a seed funding competition for junior scholars, the development of an online tool to help researchers craft effective experimental design, and a series of training workshops for students and practitioners.

    To support the E2e project and continue the expansion, coordination, and facilitation of interdisciplinary research on energy efficiency through randomized controlled trials and other experimental methodologies

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $248,400
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To support the Women in Energy program at the Center on Global Energy Policy to help increase gender diversity and female leadership in the energy sector

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Jason Bordoff

    Funds from this grant provide two years of support to the Women in Energy project at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) as it undertakes a series of educational, networking, mentorship, and career-development activities aimed at supporting and encouraging the involvement of female students in careers related to energy. Funded activities include organizing lectures and small group conversations with leading women in the energy sector, arranging visits for female students to key energy sites in the region, developing a formal mentoring program that connects students with leading women in the energy sector, and offering a handful of small stipends to female students to defray the cost of summer internship opportunities.

    To support the Women in Energy program at the Center on Global Energy Policy to help increase gender diversity and female leadership in the energy sector

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $110,130
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2015

    To examine the efficiency, cost effectiveness, and fiscal impacts of implementing multiple, overlapping renewable energy policy instruments

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Joseph Aldy

    To examine the efficiency, cost effectiveness, and fiscal impacts of implementing multiple, overlapping renewable energy policy instruments

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $50,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2014

    To provide partial support for a consensus study to evaluate the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) Program

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Paul Beaton

    To provide partial support for a consensus study to evaluate the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) Program

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  • grantee: University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $75,000
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2014

    To enhance analysis of the Marcellus Shale productivity outlook by reducing ranges of uncertainty for geologic mapping and gas production profiles

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Svetlana Ikonnikova

    To enhance analysis of the Marcellus Shale productivity outlook by reducing ranges of uncertainty for geologic mapping and gas production profiles

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  • grantee: University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $50,000
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2014

    To provide partial support to examine the national potential for using flared natural gas to treat wastewater at shale oil production sites

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Michael Webber

    To provide partial support to examine the national potential for using flared natural gas to treat wastewater at shale oil production sites

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  • grantee: Environmental Defense Fund Incorporated
    amount: $627,125
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To conduct two scientific research projects on the environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil exploration by studying wastewater characterization and treatment and examining methane losses from natural gas end users

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Steven Hamburg

    Funds from this grant support a project led by Steven Hamburg of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to spearhead the study of two critical topics related to shale oil and gas exploration.  The first is the characterization and treatment of wastewater (“flowback” fluids) resulting from shale gas and shale oil exploration.  The second is the examination of methane emissions from natural gas end users in the industrial, commercial, residential, and transportation sectors.  EDF will organize a several emerging issue workshops that will engage leading researchers in the design of a detailed set of scientific research projects related to wastewater issues and methane emissions from end users resulting in a detailed set of research questions, sampling strategies, project management plans, collaboration agreements, and deliverable expectations.  Additional grant funds will support a set of quick turnaround, small-scale, proof of concept projects to rapidly test the suggested technologies and methodologies that emerge from the workshops.

    To conduct two scientific research projects on the environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil exploration by studying wastewater characterization and treatment and examining methane losses from natural gas end users

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  • grantee: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    amount: $200,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2014

    To research the durability and adaptability of energy and environmental policy regulation through five case studies focused on the Clean Air Act

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Ann Carlson

    The Clean Air Act (CAA) serves as one of the main statutes under which the Environmental Protection Agency oversees a broad range of challenges, such as mobile source emissions, air quality, acid rain, and hazardous air pollution.  Better understanding how the CAA can be applied in new contexts is increasingly important given how central this statute has become to the implementation of greenhouse gas control strategies in the United States. This grant provides funds to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to undertake an in-depth, two-year study looking at the CAA as a model for creating “durable yet flexible” energy and environmental policy.  The first year of the project will involve interdisciplinary research on five different case study applications of the CAA.  The purpose will be to identify and confirm the individual elements that have made the CAA both durable and adaptable since enacted into law nearly 45 years ago.  The second year of the proposed project will then compare these analyses to tease out common “design characteristics” emerging from the case studies.  The research will culminate in a capstone workshop and a companion public event where the results would be widely shared.  In addition, the researchers will produce a set of working papers and articles in peer-reviewed energy and environment journals and make several presentations on their findings to key stakeholders.

    To research the durability and adaptability of energy and environmental policy regulation through five case studies focused on the Clean Air Act

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