Seed Grant Application

The YCEI seed grant program is at full capacity and will not be accepting applications for research funding in 2015.

Each year YCEI solicits proposals from the Yale community for Interdisciplinary Research Grants in climate and energy. YCEI grants are intended to act as seed funds to establish new areas of research and, ideally, to lead to or leverage larger grants from established agencies. Projects involving collaborations that transcend traditional boundaries are preferred, although all creative proposals will receive strong consideration. Proposals must come from Yale faculty, but Yale staff and students are encouraged to work with faculty on proposals. Proposals can include external collaborations. Preference will be given to faculty who have not previously received YCEI support.

Research Grants are awarded for a maximum of two years and cover basic expenses, such as salary for postdoctoral researchers or fellows, stipends or wages for student research assistants, equipment, sample and data purchasing and analysis, and travel for PIs and collaborators. Grants cannot be used for faculty salary, including summer salary. The total budget should not exceed $75,000. YCEI encourages applications for research projects below this maximum level. We seek diversity in duration, size, scope, research focus, and collaborative intensity. There are no indirect costs associated with these grants, which means that the full award can be devoted to the project. Collaborations among different units within Yale University will be given the highest priority. YCEI anticipates funding as many as three new interdisciplinary grants each year.

Principal investigators with YCEI Research Grants are required to:

  • Provide a brief mid-project report that explains progress and details efforts to leverage YCEI grants for future funding (e.g., federal funding, corporate matching funds, or private foundation grants).
  • Provide at least one lecture on results and findings at a YCEI event.
  • Submit a short final report, a portion of which can be made publicly available on the YCEI website. Upon award, principal investigators will build a project page or website which will be linked to the YCEI website. Publications resulting from YCEI-funded research should acknowledge the Yale Climate & Energy Institute.

Proposal must include the following elements:

  • Project title and list of principals investigators, with affiliations;
  • Project summary or abstract;
  • Introduction: Describe the background and context for the project, and its research significance;
  • Research plan and timeline: Describe the specific work to be done in the project and the timeline, including the plan for any interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • Budget: Provide a description of the major budget items (salary for research assistants, equipment, data purchasing or analysis, travel).

The proposal text should be no more than 10 pages, single spaced, in 12-point font, including references and figures.

The deadline for proposals is May 1. Selections will be announced by June 15.

Please submit grant proposals to