In honor of environmental leader Mel Lane, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment invites Stanford University students to submit proposals for student-driven-and-managed environmental projects that make a measurable impact on an issue through action or applied academic research. Woods’ annual budget for the program is $20,000; grants typically are $500 to $3,000. This program does not fund thesis research or other academic requirements. The next deadline is November 2014.

Proposed projects should:

  1. Focus on environmental sustainability within one or more of the following areas of focus: climate, ecosystem services and conservation, food security, freshwater, oceans, public health and sustainable development.

  2. Involve a team of Stanford students.

  3. Provide an educational experience for students actively involved in the project and the broader Stanford community.

  4. Define a communications plan and deliverables for the education and outreach component of the project. For example, please explain how you will share the information learned or impacts made to a broader Stanford community (e.g. speaking engagements, whitepapers, blog postings, class modules).


Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length and include the following elements:

  1. Project title and concise executive summary of the project.

  2. List of lead student(s) and project team members and their e-mail addresses. One project manager should be responsible for submitting the final deliverables to the Mel Lane Student Grants Program.

  3. Name of student group(s) or partner organizations.

  4. Goals for a successful project.

  5. Audience for the project. Describe the approximate size of the community you hope to engage and your strategy for engagement.

  6. Measurable outcomes of the project. For example, what impact will your efforts have on people, places or policy? What skills and knowledge will participants gain? How many educators will use the course materials?

  7. Description of the implementation plan with key milestones.

  8. Detailed budget that also includes any cost-share arrangements and plans for raising additional funds.


Final deliverables are due no later than May 11, 2015 and should include:

  1. Final summary report (1-2 pages) describing the activities undertaken and the outcomes or results achieved.

  2. Revised budget that provides accounting of actual funds spent.

Submit proposals electronically to Brenda Pascual,, by November, 2014 (date tbd).  Students interested in projects to create a more sustainable Stanford campus should review Sustainable Stanford’s Green Fund Program.