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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 Institute for Sustainable Societies, 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 programs.* 

Individual named funds can be established with gifts of $250,000 or more (125,000+ for match-qualifying gifts*). These funds may be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor. 

*Please see the Sustainability Matching Program for details. 

chlorinator tap. Photo by GMB Akash
Realizing Environmental Innovation Program

Safe at the Source

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

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Precourt Pioneering Projects

AI for Environmental Justice

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 facility. Photo by Ivan Bandura/Unsplash
Environmental Venture Projects

Wastewater as a Resource

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

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Precourt Energy Seed Grants

Fumes Into Fuel

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.