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Featured Woods Opportunities

Environmental Venture Projects (EVP)
Sponsor: Stanford Woods Institute
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: January 10, 2022
The Stanford Woods Institute EVP program provides seed grants from $10,000 to $200,000, for up to two years, for interdisciplinary research projects that seek to identify solutions to pressing problems of the environment and sustainability. Research projects are evaluated for their intellectual merit, potential to solve critical problems, the integration of the disciplinary strengths of the team and the project’s potential to secure additional funding.
Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP)
Sponsor: Stanford Woods Institute
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: January 10, 2022
The Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) is intended to provide next stage funding to PIs to move existing interdisciplinary environmental research projects toward actual solutions implemented by public stakeholders and private market actors. To be considered, projects should demonstrate both significant progress in identifying solutions and strong potential by private market or public end users to adopt the discoveries and meaningfully address environmental problems.
Mentoring Undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Research (MUIR)
Sponsor: Stanford Woods Institute
Eligibility: Students - Undergrad
Deadline: April 16, 2022
MUIR provides stipends to full- and part-time Stanford undergraduate students to conduct interdisciplinary environmental research during the summer. Students work under the mentorship of a faculty member on faculty research projects. Faculty are welcome to apply for a MUIR grant on behalf of undergraduates at all levels and from all departments. Funding priority goes to Stanford Woods Institute fellows, affiliated faculty and lecturers. Students wishing to initiate a project will need to...
Request for Proposals in Carbon Removal
Sponsor: Precourt Institute for Energy and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: September 1, 2021
The Precourt Institute for Energy and the Woods Institute for the Environment invite Stanford faculty to submit proposals for research in the focus area of carbon removal. It is anticipated that the Precourt Pioneering Projects will be funded to a level of $450,000 for two years. They plan to award one project per call and to issue quarterly calls, each in a different focus area.
Mel Lane Student Grants Program
Sponsor: Stanford Woods Institute
Eligibility: Students - Undergrad
Deadline: April 16, 2022
In honor of environmental leader Mel Lane, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment invites Stanford 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. Preference is given to projects that focus on environmental sustainability within one of the following topic areas: climate, ecosystem services and conservation, food security, freshwater, oceans, public health and...
Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF)
Sponsor: Stanford Woods Institute
Eligibility: Students - Grad
Deadline: April 16, 2022
The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF) Program is a competitive university-wide program that awards three-year fellowships to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research. The program, sponsored by the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, is administered jointly by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy. Since 2008, one hundred and seventeen students have received the award. SIGF fellowships allow Stanford...

Funding Opportunities

Minerva Research Initiative
The Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva) emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department...
Minerva Research Initiative
Sponsor: Department of Defense
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: September 29, 2021
Minerva Research Initiative
The Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva) emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department...
National Priorities: Water Innovation, Science, and Engagement to Advance Water Reuse
EPA is seeking applications proposing to accelerate water innovation, information availability, and engagement to advance clean and safe water reuse goals, promote better understanding of the Nation’s water and wastewater treatment and infrastructure, and enhance the availability and efficient use...
National Priorities: Water Innovation, Science, and Engagement to Advance Water Reuse
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: September 29, 2021
National Priorities: Water Innovation, Science, and Engagement to Advance Water Reuse
EPA is seeking applications proposing to accelerate water innovation, information availability, and engagement to advance clean and safe water reuse goals, promote better understanding of the Nation’s water and wastewater treatment and infrastructure, and enhance the availability and efficient use...
Remote Sensing of Water Quality
The Terrestrial Hydrology and Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Programs support the science of this program element. NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program focuses on describing, understanding, and predicting the biological and biogeochemical regimes of the upper ocean, as determined...
Remote Sensing of Water Quality
Sponsor: NASA
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: September 29, 2021
Remote Sensing of Water Quality
The Terrestrial Hydrology and Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Programs support the science of this program element. NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program focuses on describing, understanding, and predicting the biological and biogeochemical regimes of the upper ocean, as determined...
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)
This solicitation will support fundamental research activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by developing foundational knowledge underlying processes and mechanisms such that the design of innovative new materials, processes, and systems is possible....
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: October 1, 2021
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)
This solicitation will support fundamental research activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by developing foundational knowledge underlying processes and mechanisms such that the design of innovative new materials, processes, and systems is possible....
Community Engagement Seed Funding Fall 2021
OCE seeks proposals from Stanford faculty working with community partners to address ongoing impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Funding will support faculty-led efforts that address community-identified needs as outlined in the Santa Clara County:...
Community Engagement Seed Funding Fall 2021
Sponsor: Office of Community Engagement
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: October 1, 2021
Community Engagement Seed Funding Fall 2021
OCE seeks proposals from Stanford faculty working with community partners to address ongoing impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Funding will support faculty-led efforts that address community-identified needs as outlined in the Santa Clara County:...
Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research
NASA analog missions research addresses the need for integrated interdisciplinary field experiments as an integral part of preparation for future human and robotic missions. Future planetary research associated with Solar System exploration requires the development of relevant, miniaturized...
Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research
Sponsor: NASA
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: October 7, 2021
Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research
NASA analog missions research addresses the need for integrated interdisciplinary field experiments as an integral part of preparation for future human and robotic missions. Future planetary research associated with Solar System exploration requires the development of relevant, miniaturized...
Outdoor Equity Grants Program
California State Parks seeks proposals for a $19 million outdoor equity grant program that advances the Governor and First Partner’s commitment to expanding outdoor access for all.
Outdoor Equity Grants Program
Sponsor: CA Department of Parks and Recreation
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: October 8, 2021
Outdoor Equity Grants Program
California State Parks seeks proposals for a $19 million outdoor equity grant program that advances the Governor and First Partner’s commitment to expanding outdoor access for all.
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)
The Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) competition is a coordinated paleoclimate science initiative that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Atmospheric and GeoSpace Sciences (AGS), Earth Sciences (EAR), Ocean Sciences (OCE), and Polar Programs (PLR) in the...
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Eligibility: Academic Council
Deadline: October 20, 2021
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)
The Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) competition is a coordinated paleoclimate science initiative that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Atmospheric and GeoSpace Sciences (AGS), Earth Sciences (EAR), Ocean Sciences (OCE), and Polar Programs (PLR) in the...
AAUW American Fellowships
AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars (Funding: $6,000–$30,000) who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent...
AAUW American Fellowships
Sponsor: American Association of University Women
Eligibility: Postdocs, Students - Grad
Deadline: November 1, 2021
AAUW American Fellowships
AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars (Funding: $6,000–$30,000) who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent...
Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the largest general scientific society in the world. The fellowship program offers hands-on opportunities to apply your scientific knowledge and technical skills to important societal challenges. As a fellow, you will serve a...
Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Eligibility: Academic Council, Postdocs, Students - Grad
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the largest general scientific society in the world. The fellowship program offers hands-on opportunities to apply your scientific knowledge and technical skills to important societal challenges. As a fellow, you will serve a...

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