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The TomKat Center supports early-stage research by Stanford faculty in sustainable energy. Since 2010, we have committed $5.2 million to 21 such research projects, which we call "seed grants." The winners are chosen through an annual competitive process. Funding usually begins in the fall or winter of the year indicated. Most of these projects have been awarded two years of research funding. Our grants cover four central aspects of electricity and transportation. 

To learn about individual projects, choose a subcategory below or click on "Full List of TomKat Center Seed Grant Projects".


In 2010, 2011 and 2015, TomKat requested seed grant proposals on a specific topic. This approach broadens the potential impact of the work through cross-interaction with peers from other disciplines. The TomKat Center has funded research in the following themes: