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 California, Berkeley
    amount: $100,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2019

    To investigate traveler behavior implications of autonomous vehicles

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Joan Walker

    To investigate traveler behavior implications of autonomous vehicles

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  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $399,895
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2019

    To advance understanding of the economics of energy technology innovation

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator David Popp

    This grant supports an effort by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) to increase scholarly attention to how market and government forces impact innovation in the energy sector. NBER will hold two open calls for papers, one on what can be learned from recent successes and failures in energy technology, and a second on the forces that contribute to breakthroughs in energy technology innovation. Fourteen projects in total will be selected for support from those responding to the calls and NBER will organize a research conference for each call where supported papers will be presented and discussed. Finally, NBER will hold a third conference aimed at sharing research findings with energy decision-makers and other interested stakeholders.

    To advance understanding of the economics of energy technology innovation

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  • grantee: North Carolina State University
    amount: $400,000
    city: Raleigh, NC
    year: 2019

    To utilize an open source energy system model to create an Open Energy Outlook for the United States

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Joseph DeCarolis

    Temoa (Tools for Energy Model Optimization and Analysis) is a modern, open source software platform for modeling energy systems. Developed by Joe DeCarolis at North Carolina State University, Temoa is a model modeling framework. It’s open source, well-documented, small enough to run without access to huge computing resources, and accompanied by guides and tutorials that make its features accessible for new and experienced modelers alike. Funds from this grant support a project led by DeCarolis and his collaborator, Paulina Jaramillo of Carnegie Mellon University, to utilize Temoa to create an Open Energy Outlook report for the United States. The report will lay out several scenarios for how the U.S. energy system might evolve over the coming decades, including detailed consideration of how sector specific developments in buildings, electricity, fuels, heavy industry, policy and economics, and transportation might contribute to that evolution. The report promises to be an important complement to the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook and other similar modeling efforts. Grant funds will support two iterations of the Open Energy Outlook Report, intra-team meetings and workshops, and development of the Temoa model to support the new analysis.

    To utilize an open source energy system model to create an Open Energy Outlook for the United States

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  • grantee: Duke University
    amount: $513,839
    city: Durham, NC
    year: 2019

    To establish a multidisciplinary research collaboration studying the role of regional transmission organizations and independent systems operators in electricity markets

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Katherine Konschnik

    Regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) are key parts of the U.S. electricity system. Although RTOs and ISOs operate wholesale electricity markets that serve about two-thirds of U.S. electricity customers, there is very little research comparing how these institutions work, what influence stakeholder groups have on their behavior, or which aspects of these institutions might be portable to similar organizations. This grant funds a collaborative project, co-led by Kate Konschnik, who directs the Climate and Energy program at Duke University and associate professor Seth Blumsack of Pennsylvania State University, to undertake a set of studies to explore these and related questions associated with the governance, structure, and operation of RTOs and ISOs. Konschnik and Blumsack have assembled a multidisciplinary group of researchers from economics, law, public policy, energy systems operations, and engineering to contribute to this effort. The project will produce approximately 10 academic research articles across multiple fields, in addition to associated policy briefs or white papers for broad dissemination to a wide range of stakeholders. Grant funding will cover graduate student participation, direct support for research expenses, and bringing participating scholars together to ensure project coordination.

    To establish a multidisciplinary research collaboration studying the role of regional transmission organizations and independent systems operators in electricity markets

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $249,905
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To study the role of information asymmetry among stakeholders in distribution system planning and the implementation of distributed energy resources

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Yury Dvorkin

    To study the role of information asymmetry among stakeholders in distribution system planning and the implementation of distributed energy resources

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  • grantee: Carnegie Mellon University
    amount: $45,000
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2019

    To organize a workshop that will assess the prospects for forming a national consortium of university energy institutes and research centers

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Jay Whitacre

    To organize a workshop that will assess the prospects for forming a national consortium of university energy institutes and research centers

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  • 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 Research
    • Sub-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 Research
    • Sub-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: United States Association for Energy Economics
    amount: $15,000
    city: Cleveland, OH
    year: 2019

    To support the Ph.D. Day event and Women in Energy roundtable at the 2019 USAEE North American conference in Denver, CO

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Eric Hittinger

    To support the Ph.D. Day event and Women in Energy roundtable at the 2019 USAEE North American conference in Denver, CO

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

    To support two annual Energy Camp workshops to facilitate collaboration and initiate new research projects among top junior and senior energy economists

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Lucas Davis

    To support two annual Energy Camp workshops to facilitate collaboration and initiate new research projects among top junior and senior energy economists

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