$10,000 (USD unless defined below)
Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Materials Research Institute (MRI) and Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) have identified three themes of convergence where we are asking faculty to develop high risk, high impact, transformative ideas that will enable Penn State faculty to obtain preliminary data that can be used to pursue larger federal grants in the area of:

  1. CO2 Capture, Storage and Utilization
  2. Artificial Photosynthesis
  3. Reducing Energy in Manufacturing Processes

We are targeting these areas to enable our faculty to get ready for future announcements within the government agencies that will probably expand, owing to the international treaty signed in Paris, 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21). 

Seed Grant Eligibility

All Penn State faculty members (tenured/tenure track, and fixed term research faculty) who hold an appointment of half-time or more at any Penn State location are eligible to submit a seed grant proposal as a Principal Investigator (PI). Researchers, students and staff from Penn State may be included as collaborators in seed grant proposals. Please note that while most proposals are expected to include multiple investigators, there can only be one responsible PI for each application. In addition, investigators may only participate in a single proposal.


Funding Availability

Approximately $150,000 of funding is available through this seed grant solicitation for 2016-2017.   To encourage establishment of new collaborations and enhancement of networks, larger grants will require innovative partnerships of investigators from multiple colleges and/or campus locations. Funds up to $10,000 can be awarded for a single investigator/single college project and up to $20,000 for interdisciplinary collaborations involving multi-colleges and multi-campuses. Grant funds will be available by May 1, 2016 and must be expended by June 30, 2017.


Complete submission guidelines are attached below.

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