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: University of Colorado, Denver
    amount: $218,239
    city: Denver, CO
    year: 2017

    To support a pilot study that will analyze case examples of policy conflict and concord among key stakeholders related to the siting of energy infrastructure, including solar and wind energy production projects, pipelines, and transmission lines

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Christopher Weible

    Researchers Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible from the University of Colorado, Denver plan to undertake a research project that will examine the role played by different stakeholders and policy actors in contributing to the degree of conflict and concord surrounding the siting of energy infrastructure projects. Heikkila and Weible will examine stakeholder coalitions formed during the planning, permitting, and approval stages of various energy infrastructure projects, including renewable energy projects (wind farms and large-scale solar installations), transmission lines, and pipeline build-outs. They will first identify a variety of recently proposed large-scale energy infrastructure siting projects. They will then focus on a select set of each project type, representing a diverse array of stakeholder coalition characteristics, for more detailed study. Projects under study will include not only successful siting projects but also those that were terminated or abandoned due to stakeholder opposition. Heikkila and Weible will then interview key stakeholders and policy actors involved in the siting of each project and conduct detailed textual analyses of media coverage and public records related to permitting decisions.

    To support a pilot study that will analyze case examples of policy conflict and concord among key stakeholders related to the siting of energy infrastructure, including solar and wind energy production projects, pipelines, and transmission lines

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  • grantee: Duke University
    amount: $225,000
    city: Durham, NC
    year: 2017

    To support an Energy Data Analytics predoctoral fellows program to advance multidisciplinary training and collaboration among early career researchers in energy data analytics

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Brian Murray

    This proposed grant will provide partial funding for four Ph.D. students per year for two years (eight total) to conduct research on energy data analytics at Duke University’s Energy Data Analytics Lab (EDAL). Candidates will be drawn from a range of natural and social science disciplines—economics, engineering, environmental science, computer science, statistics, mathematics—and will be required to have faculty supervisors drawn from both energy-related domains and data-science relevant disciplines. Each pre-doctoral fellow will be expected to produce at least one paper that emerges from their fellowship research. All datasets produced will be made available through the EDAL repository. Fellows will has access to EDAL’s high performance computing environments and have the opportunity to lead an undergraduate energy data science team over a summer term. An Energy Data Analytics Symposium will be held at the end of the grant period to feature student work and that of invited internal and external senior scholars.

    To support an Energy Data Analytics predoctoral fellows program to advance multidisciplinary training and collaboration among early career researchers in energy data analytics

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  • grantee: Resources for the Future, Inc.
    amount: $1,348,653
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To develop and implement a transparent, multidisciplinary research initiative to update comprehensively the framework for social cost of carbon dioxide estimation reflecting the best available science and economics analysis

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Raymond Kopp

    Among the most critical, unanswered research questions in energy and environmental policy is determining the economic impact of carbon dioxide emissions on society. This measure, the social cost of carbon (SCC), is defined as the dollar value cost to society of emitting one ton of carbon dioxide (or carbon dioxide equivalent gas) into the atmosphere. Estimating the SCC is necessary for conducting cost-benefit analyses of more than 150 federal laws and regulations in the United States. This grant to Resources for the Future (RFF) provides partial support for a large scale initiative that would develop an improved computational platform for estimating the SCC. RFF plans to put in place an integrated, modular framework that disaggregates the SCC estimation process into four distinct modules: socioeconomics, climate, damages, and discounting. Doing so will allow the best natural and social science research in each area to inform projections and estimations on each topic. These modules will then be linked together through an open source, computationally efficient, publicly accessible, and fully documented platform. This approach will help economists and climate scientists better compare similarities and differences among the three major integrated climate assessment models that underpin the SCC.

    To develop and implement a transparent, multidisciplinary research initiative to update comprehensively the framework for social cost of carbon dioxide estimation reflecting the best available science and economics analysis

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  • grantee: Council on Library and Information Resources
    amount: $521,200
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To improve data management practices in energy economics and policy analysis research through a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Data Curation for Energy Economics

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Charles Henry

    This grant to the Council on Library and Information Resources funds a fellowship program for four, two-year postdocs interested in working at the intersection of energy economics and data science. As large, complex datasets on energy production, transportation, and use become increasingly available, demand has emerged for a new type of scholar with one foot firmly in energy economics—the data it uses, the questions it asks, the methodologies it deploys—and one foot in data science. These fellowships aim to fill some of that need by creating postdoctoral positions that provide such training. Supported fellows will work on a diverse array of projects such as energy data visualization, integrating multiple datasets, and establishing university-wide energy data storage and access platforms. Fellows will be placed at four energy research centers that are existing grantees in the Foundation’s Energy and Environment program: University of California Berkeley’s Energy Institute at Haas, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, Duke University’s Energy Data Analytics Lab, and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Fellows will be selected in close cooperation with researchers at each institute, ensuring that candidates have both the skills and research interests each institute needs. As a signal of demand for the fellows, participating Centers have agreed to cover 50% of each fellow’s stipend and benefits costs. The fellowship program will be administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources, which has experience running several successful fellowship programs and has well-established recruitment, selection, mentoring, and professional development processes, including annual network-building workshops and the provision of micro-grants to selected fellows for collaborative projects.

    To improve data management practices in energy economics and policy analysis research through a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Data Curation for Energy Economics

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  • grantee: American Friends of Toulouse School of Economics
    amount: $50,000
    city: Salisbury, MD
    year: 2017

    To support two annual conferences organized by the Toulouse School of Economics Centre on Energy and Climate Change

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Stefan Ambec

    To support two annual conferences organized by the Toulouse School of Economics Centre on Energy and Climate Change

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $124,997
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2017

    To continue to train highly qualified Ph.D. graduate students from across North America in energy and environmental economics topics and techniques through an advanced summer training program

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Maximilian Auffhammer

    To continue to train highly qualified Ph.D. graduate students from across North America in energy and environmental economics topics and techniques through an advanced summer training program

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  • grantee: Council on Foreign Relations
    amount: $25,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2017

    To organize a study group and roundtable series of meetings to better understand how the United States energy system will evolve in the coming decades, with a focus on exploring the impact of advanced digital technologies and related geopolitical implications

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Amy Myers Jaffe

    To organize a study group and roundtable series of meetings to better understand how the United States energy system will evolve in the coming decades, with a focus on exploring the impact of advanced digital technologies and related geopolitical implications

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $60,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2017

    To organize a conference for academics, policymakers, and practitioners to celebrate the contributions to energy economics of Paul L. Joskow

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Catherine Wolfram

    To organize a conference for academics, policymakers, and practitioners to celebrate the contributions to energy economics of Paul L. Joskow

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  • grantee: United States Association for Energy Economics
    amount: $10,000
    city: Cleveland, OH
    year: 2017

    To support the participation of graduate students at the Ph.D. Day event to be held at the 2017 North American conference in Houston, Texas

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Anastasia Shcherbakova

    To support the participation of graduate students at the Ph.D. Day event to be held at the 2017 North American conference in Houston, Texas

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $50,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2017

    To providing continuing support for the Center on Global Energy Policy’s external speaker series and roundtable discussions to increase overall knowledge and understanding of key energy issues and trends

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Jason Bordoff

    To providing continuing support for the Center on Global Energy Policy’s external speaker series and roundtable discussions to increase overall knowledge and understanding of key energy issues and trends

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