Exploratory Energy Research

The fund exemplifies the University’s commitment to support innovative curiosity-driven energy research that is critical to securing a sustainable shared future. The Innovation Fund for Exploratory Energy Research is part of the larger Energy Research Fund. The Office of the Dean for Research oversees funding for fundamental energy research projects, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment distributes funding for research projects in collaboration with corporate partners.

The Exploratory Energy Research fund supports the exploration of new ideas and concepts aimed at finding sustainable energy solutions.

PI Eligibility

Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in Divisions II (Social Sciences), III (Natural Sciences, including Mathematics and Psychology) and IV (Engineering and Applied Science) are invited to apply.


Proposers can request up to $150,000 per year for up to two years. 

Expenditures can include graduate student stipend and tuition, post-doctoral salary and benefits, undergraduate student stipend, conference travel, and equipment and supplies. Faculty summer salary is not allowed.

Proposal Preparation Instructions

Applications should be brief (no more than 3 pages of text plus a separate budget page).

A faculty member may participate in no more than one submission.

Review Process

A group of faculty members will anonymously review the proposals and will make funding recommendations. 

Call for Proposals

  • Dates
    • Proposal submission deadline: Friday, May 26, 2023
    • Funding could start as early as: July 1, 2023
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