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Fueling Innovation

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Over the past two decades, research grant programs in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy have generated important discoveries and pioneered new fields of study in pursuit of sustainability goals.

Powered entirely by philanthropy, these early- and mid-stage grants are among the few resources available to fund high-risk, high-reward projects that fall outside the bounds of government agencies or are too early in their development for private-sector investment. Successful projects have launched major research enterprises, generated patents and start-up companies, and driven policy changes benefiting communities and ecosystems around the world.

Expanding the grant-making capacity of these programs, including the new program in the Sustainable Societies Institute, is one way the school can begin to have an immediate impact on the most critical challenges facing people and the planet.

Dollar-for-dollar matching funds are available for gifts of $50,000 or more to some Stanford Woods Institute research grants. Please see the Sustainability Matching Program for details. 

Safe at the Source

chlorinator tap. Photo by GMB Akash

Realizing Environmental Innovation Program
An automatic chlorine dispenser installed at shared community water points reduces rates of diarrhea in children. 

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AI for Environmental Justice

Annapolis MD after flooding. Photo by Amy McGovern

Precourt Pioneering Projects
Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to make energy systems more sustainable, affordable, resilient, and fair to all socioeconomic groups.

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Wastewater as a Resource

Wastewater facility. Photo by Ivan Bandura/Unsplash

Environmental Venture Projects
Paving the way to mining sewage for valuable materials that could someday power smartphones and airplanes.

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Fumes Into Fuel

Two researchers in a lab

Precourt Energy Seed Grants
A new catalyst speeds the process of creating gasoline from carbon dioxide.

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Photo banner at top of page: Guangchao Li, technical director of the Environmental Measurements Facility, speaks to a group of students in the lab. Photo by Christine Baker.

For more information contact

Greg Gamble
Senior Director of Development