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: Colorado School of Mines
    amount: $277,334
    city: Golden, CO
    year: 2017

    To provide early-career economists and other social scientists with training and an understanding of technological dimensions of electricity distribution systems

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Ian Lange

    To properly understand and model the changing US electricity distribution grid, economists and other social scientists need in-depth training on the technological and engineering complexities of the electricity distribution system. This grant provides funding to the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) to organize and host a week-long summer school for early-career economists and other social scientists designed to provide such training. Each week-long summer school, to be held twice each summer over the course of two summers, would include tailored classroom training; engagement and lectures by senior utility, government, and nongovernmental experts; and an experiential component through tutorials held at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility. Participating expert instructors include those in distribution systems planning (Doug Arent and Michael Coddington), grid integration (Barbara O’Neill), and power systems engineering (Benjamin Kroposki). Summer school participants—which include advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty—will be broadly recruited from professional societies, such as the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics and the United States Association of Energy Economics, and from with universities that have doctoral programs with a strong focus in energy economics.

    To provide early-career economists and other social scientists with training and an understanding of technological dimensions of electricity distribution systems

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  • grantee: Boston University
    amount: $424,360
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2017

    To develop, evaluate, and transfer to practice a robust framework of distribution locational marginal prices that can improve efficiencies in electricity distribution

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Michael Caramanis

    This grant funds work by power systems expert Michael Caramanis to develop a sophisticated, granular framework for pricing electricity at different points on the electricity distribution grid, especially for those systems that feature increased levels of load varying distributed energy resources like consumer solar panels. Decades ago, the introduction of locational marginal prices (LMPs) helped to match generation and consumption in the bulk power system. Caramanis plans to extend this framework and take on the more technically complex challenge of developing distribution network locational marginal prices (DLMP) for different nodes in the electricity distribution grid. After developing algorithms to model DLMP for electricity distribution, Caramais will work in close collaboration with at least two utilities to test his model on actual distribution system networks. The proposed work will help address a critical gap in the academic literature and could lead to improved regulatory policies regarding distribution network pricing.

    To develop, evaluate, and transfer to practice a robust framework of distribution locational marginal prices that can improve efficiencies in electricity distribution

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  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $224,170
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2017

    To undertake a research project examining how market forces, public policies, and technological change affect energy consumption and use in the transportation sector

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Christopher Knittel

    This grant funds a project led by Meghan Busse (Northwestern), Christopher Knittel (MIT), and Kate Whitefoot (Carnegie Mellon University) to spur research on energy consumption in the transportation sector by fielding an open call for papers on the topic and providing funding and support to the best submissions. Areas of interest include changing patterns of personal vehicle demand, vehicle electrification, the economics of changing fuels for commercial and heavy-duty vehicles, and the rise of vehicle automation and ride-sharing.  The group will widely distribute an open call for papers, evaluate submissions, select eight papers to receive funding, organize an initial working session to discuss methodology and preliminary research approaches, and hold a final conference to share and disseminate results. Papers will be published as NBER working papers and then submitted to top economics journals.

    To undertake a research project examining how market forces, public policies, and technological change affect energy consumption and use in the transportation sector

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  • grantee: Resources for the Future, Inc.
    amount: $20,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To support participation of top economists in a one-day conference focused on examining the landmark contributions to environmental economics of the essay “Conservation Reconsidered” on its fiftieth anniversary

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator V. Kerry Smith

    To support participation of top economists in a one-day conference focused on examining the landmark contributions to environmental economics of the essay “Conservation Reconsidered” on its fiftieth anniversary

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  • grantee: Ohio State University
    amount: $20,000
    city: Columbus, OH
    year: 2017

    To support participation of early career scholars and students at the 2017 Energy Impacts Symposium

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Jeffrey Jacquet

    To support participation of early career scholars and students at the 2017 Energy Impacts Symposium

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  • grantee: Resources for the Future, Inc.
    amount: $124,708
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To develop a research agenda and workplan to comprehensively update the framework for social cost of carbon dioxide estimation to ensure that updated estimates reflect the best available science and economics analysis

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Raymond Kopp

    To develop a research agenda and workplan to comprehensively update the framework for social cost of carbon dioxide estimation to ensure that updated estimates reflect the best available science and economics analysis

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  • grantee: Council on Foreign Relations
    amount: $125,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2017

    To wind down support for current phase of research undertaken by the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change to examine the economic, geopolitical, and technological factors associated with advancing energy innovation

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Varun Sivaram

    To wind down support for current phase of research undertaken by the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change to examine the economic, geopolitical, and technological factors associated with advancing energy innovation

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  • grantee: Resources for the Future, Inc.
    amount: $189,629
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To develop and apply advanced data analytics tools that improve understanding about energy systems utilization

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Richard Newell

    To develop and apply advanced data analytics tools that improve understanding about energy systems utilization

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  • grantee: Carnegie Mellon University
    amount: $124,916
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2016

    To assess the contribution of light water small modular nuclear reactors to reduce carbon emissions from the United States energy system by 2050

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Granger Morgan

    To assess the contribution of light water small modular nuclear reactors to reduce carbon emissions from the United States energy system by 2050

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $90,070
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2016

    To conduct research and organize a conference examining the risks and benefits of solar geoengineering research

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Gernot Wagner

    To conduct research and organize a conference examining the risks and benefits of solar geoengineering research

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