MIT Energy Initiative

Funding Opportunities

Learn about funding opportunities for MIT faculty

The MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund Program supports innovative, early-stage research across the energy spectrum, encouraging researchers from throughout MIT’s five schools to collaborate in exploring new energy-related ideas and to open up new avenues for research.

Each year, the program attracts well-established energy experts as well as new faculty who need startup support and others who are applying their expertise in different fields to energy for the first time.

To date the program has provided about $19.9 million for 151 early-stage research projects in 29 different departments, labs, and centers across campus.

Funding is provided through the MITEI Founding and Sustaining Members Program. All MIT faculty or research staff with principal investigator privileges are eligible.

2015-2016 Seed Fund Update

The 2015 – 2016 MIT Energy Initiative Energy Research Seed Fund Program request for proposals closed on December 9, 2015.

The Seed Fund Program hit a new record this year: MITEI received 80 proposals with a total of 94 principal investigators from 24 different MIT Departments, Labs, and Centers.

A curated list outside funding opportunities available to MIT faculty and researchers. This list is offered as a service to the MIT community and updated periodically.

Last updated: March 20, 2016

Next DeadlineDescriptionTotalMax AwardPeriod
03/03/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001530: Climate Model Development and Validation.
Next Deadline: Recommended Letter of Intent (LOI) due March 3, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$3M$900KUp to
3 yrs
03/04/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001526: Request for Information (RFI) – Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities.
Next Deadline: RFI closes March 4, 2016 at 8:00pm ET.
TBDTBDTBD
03/07/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001528: Computational Materials Sciences.
Next Deadline: Required Letter of Intent (LOI) due March 7, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$16M$10MUp to
4 yrs
03/07/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001498: Collaborative Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences on International Long-Pulse Superconducting Tokamaks.
Next Deadline: Required Letter of Intent (LOI) due March 7, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$15MTBDUp to
3 yrs
03/07/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001531: Regional and Global Climate Modeling and Integrated Assessment Research: An Integration Framework for Multi-Model, U.S. Regional Climate Evaluation.
Next Deadline: Required pre-application due March 7, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$12M$6MUp to
3 yrs
03/08/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001496: Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies (SEEDSII-SES).
Next Deadline: Required concept paper due March 8, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$20.9M$3MUp to
3 yrs
03/09/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001514: Energy Frontier Research Centers.
Next Deadline: Required Letter of Intent (LOI) due March 9, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$40M$16M4 yrs
03/14/2016
5:00pm ET
FCAOI1-0001412: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations – Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Research and Development (R&D) which include advanced high-temperature water splitting, advanced compression, and advanced thermal insulation for automotive storage applications. This represents one focus area under DE‐FOA‐0001412.
Next Deadline: Full proposal due March 14, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$12M$3MUp to
3 yrs
03/14/2016
5:00pm ET
FCAOI2-0001412: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations – Demonstration and Deployment which include component manufacturing for hydrogen infrastructure and America’s Climate Action Champions. This represents one focus area under DE‐FOA‐0001412.
Next Deadline: Full proposal due March 14, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$6.25M$2MUp to
4 yrs
03/14/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001512: Request for Information (RFI) – Accounting Conventions for Non-Combustible Renewable Energy.
Next Deadline: RFI closes March 14, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
N/AN/AN/A
03/16/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001541: Request for Information (RFI) – Eagle Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities.
Next Deadline: RFI closes March 16, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
TBDTBDTBD
03/18/2016
8:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001469: Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Innovative Concepts and Core Technology.
Next Deadline: Applications due March 18, 2016 at 8:00pm ET.
$14.5M$3MUp to
2 yrs
03/18/2016
11:59pm ET
DE-FOA-0001488: Support of Fossil Energy Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities including University Coal Research (UCR) and Research by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI).
Next Deadline: Full application due March 18, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.
$2M$400KUp to
3 yrs
03/18/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001545: Request for Information (RFI) – Challenges and Opportunities for Non-Powered Dam and Pumped Storage.TBDTBDTBD
03/22/2016
11:59pm ET
DE-FOA-0001459: Pre-project Planning for Advanced Combustion Pilot Plants.
Next Deadline: Applications due by March 22, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.
$10M$3.3MUp to
2 yrs
03/22/2016
3:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001441: Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research, Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Next Deadline: Applications due by March 22, 2016 at 3:00pm ET.
$23M$4MUp to
3 yrs
03/25/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001471: Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2).
Next Deadline: Full proposal due March 25, 2016 at 5:00pm ET; must have submitted concept paper by February 12, 2016.
$15-25M$5MUp to
4 yrs
03/28/2016
8:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001384: Fiscal Year 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Next Deadline: Full application due March 28, 2016 at 8:00pm ET; must have submitted concept paper by February 18, 2016.
$55.5M$3.75MUp to
4 yrs
03/28/2016
5:00pm ET
FCAOI3-0001412: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations – Fuel Cell – Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) and Hydrogen Storage Materials Discovery (HyMARC). This represents one focus area under DE‐FOA‐0001412.
Next Deadline: Full proposal due March 28, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$13M$3MUp to
4 yrs
03/30/2016
5:00pm ET
USDA Regional Sun Grant Program: 3 topics – Decentralized and distributed feedstock, bioenergy, and bioproduct systems; regionally relevant feedstocks for bioenergy, bioproducts, and biofuels including perennial crops, winter crops, and agricultural, forestry, industrial and urban residues; and life cycle analysis, air and water quality impacts, carbon mitigation and sequestration, and other ecosystem service, socioeconomic, and sustainability indicators.
Next Deadline: Full proposal due March 30, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$700K$150KUp to
2 yrs
03/31/2016BPA-FOA-0003602: Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) office of Technology Innovation (TI) sponsors an annual Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for research and development projects based on BPA’s strategic needs.
Release Date: Targeting on or about March 1, 2016.
Next Deadline: Required concept paper due March 31, 2016.
$3.5MTBDUp to
3 yrs
04/19/2016
5:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001383: titled “Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2016.
Next Deadline: Full application due April 19, 2016 at 5:00pm ET.
$8M$2MUp to
3 yrs
04/22/2016
8:00pm ET
DE-FOA-0001456: Innovative Concepts for Modular Oxygen Production in Fossil Energy Gasification Systems.
Next Deadline: April 22, 2016 at 8:00pm ET.
$4M$2MUp to
2 yrs
04/29/2016DE-FOA-0001476: Synchrophasor Applications and Tools for Reliability, Market Efficiency, and Asset Management. Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) No.: DE-FOA-0001492.
Release Date: Targeting FOA release on April 29, 2016
TBDTBDTBD
05/13/2016
8:00pm ET
DE-SOL-0008318: Request for Information (RFI) on Input on Potential Office of Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Investments
DOE.
Next Deadline: RFI closes May 13, 2016 at 8:00pm ET.
N/AN/AN/A
05/13/2016
8:00pm ET
DE-SOL-0008246: Request for Information (RFI) on Input to the Office of Nuclear Energy’s Competitive Research and Development Work Scope Development.
Next Deadline: RFI closes May 13, 2016 at 8:00pm ET.
N/AN/AN/A
07/01/2016DE-FOA-0001477: Synchrophasor Applications and Tools for Managing Risk and Uncertainty; Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Release Date: Targeting FOA release on July 1, 2016
TBDTBDTBD
TBDDE-FOA-0001520: Notice of Intent (NOI) Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies.
Release Date: Targeting July 22, 2016
TBDTBDTBD
TBDDE-FOA-0001484: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled Advanced Systems Level Technology Development, Integration and Demonstration for Efficient Class 8 Trucks (SuperTruck II).
Release Date: Targeting March 2016.
TBDTBDTBD
TBDDE-FOA-0001544: Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue DE-FOA-0001542 – Commercial Buildings and Energy Code Field Studies.
Release Date: Targeting 4th quarter of 2016.
TBDTBDTBD
TBDDE-FOA-0001527: Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue DE-FOA-0001418 – Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Conversion and Environmental Monitoring Technology Advancement.
Release Date: Targeting March 1, 2016.
$22M$5.35MUp to
4.5 yrs
TBDDE-FOA-0001525: Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue DE-FOA-0001467 – Next Generation of Electric Machines (NGEM II) – Enabling Technologies. This FOA will target development of key technologies to enable further efficiency enhancements and weight reductions in a cost effective way while addressing limitations of traditionally used conductive metals and electrical steels.
Release Date: Targeting March 2016.
$25MTBDTBD

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