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Funding Opportunities

Catalyzing Research

We support the interdisciplinary research and collaboration needed to solve critical environmental and sustainability challenges around the globe.

Read on to learn more about annual and recurring awards we sponsor and other funding opportunities for faculty, postgraduate researchers and students pursuing research related to the environment and sustainability.

Eligibility: Stanford Faculty
Application Period: Letters of Intent are due early January
Offered: Annually

Environmental Venture Projects focus on one or more of the Stanford Woods Institute's focal areas (climate, ecosystem services and conservation, food security, freshwater, oceans, public health and sustainable development) and have led to breakthroughs such as technology for producing clean energy from wastewater, software that measures the value of nature and biodegradable building materials.

Eligibility: Stanford Faculty
Application Period: Letters of Intent are due in early January
Offered: Annually

The Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) grant program provides next stage funding to PIs to move existing interdisciplinary environmental research projects toward adoptable solutions and implementation by external stakeholders and partners. To be considered, projects should demonstrate both significant progress in identifying solutions and strong potential for viability among important solution stakeholders.

Eligibility: Stanford Faculty apply on behalf of Undergraduate Students
Application Period: Winter Quarter
Offered: Annually

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 approach a faculty member who is willing to apply on the student's behalf.

Eligibility: Stanford Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Period: Applications are due in early December
Offered: Annually

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 sustainable development. Grants typically range from $500 to $3,000. This program does not fund thesis/dissertation research or other academic requirements.

Eligibility: Stanford Faculty collaborating with UWA Faculty
Application Period: Winter Quarter
Offered: Currently in Pilot Phase

Stanford University, through the Woods Institute for the Environment, and the University of Western Australia seek to promote the development of collaborative research projects focused on finding solutions to major freshwater or marine sustainability challenges. We invite Stanford faculty with UWA faculty/academic staff collaborators to apply for discretionary funds, which may support all planning costs associated with the development of collaborative research projects. This includes travel between California and Western Australia, accommodation costs, and workshop-related costs.

Eligibility: Stanford Doctoral Students
Application Period: Winter Quarter
Offered: Annually

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 doctoral students to pursue questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.