The Sustainability Accelerator ensures that knowledge created at Stanford generates sustainability solutions that benefit people worldwide. Stanford has long-standing expertise in creating new knowledge about the world and our place in it, and in fostering interdisciplinary collaborations that lead to new research directions.
The Sustainability Accelerator drives solutions generated through those collaborations and then scales them through partners locally and globally to ensure they benefit all people, especially those who are most impacted by environmental damage and the results of a changing climate.
The accelerator will create a continuous spectrum bridging technology and policy through two anchors: a technology pillar and a policy pillar. The technology pillar will help technologies reach those who can use them by providing space, tools, and domain expertise to help researchers refine and scale prototypes. The policy pillar will support cross-campus policy design and engagement with external stakeholders.
The Sustainability Accelerator will include convening space, equipment, expert staff, and will provide specialized training and project funding to generate solutions that span the spectrum of technology and policy. Teams supported through the Accelerator might originate through one of the Institutes within the school or through other funding programs at Stanford.
The Sustainability Accelerator issued its first request for proposals focused on any area involving sustainability, with an emphasis on measurable impacts through partnership with the external community, connecting directly to needs in government, industry, and other outside entities, rather than on basic research. Proposed projects can span a wide range of possibilities, examples include those aimed at improved human health and community well-being, clean energy technologies, biodiversity, ecological resilience, and environmental justice, among many other opportunities involving sustainability.
The Accelerator's first round of funding is expected to be announced early summer.