Sometimes, a boost is all it takes to transform a great idea into a real-world tool for change.

With this in mind, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will offer up to $100,000 per year for up to two years to interdisciplinary Stanford research projects that hold the promise of adoptable solutions and implementation by external stakeholders and partners. This later stage funding is part of the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) grant program, an initiative Woods will pilot in 2015.

“We hope REIP will help bring to fruition powerful new tools to deal with some of the most pressing issues of our time,” said Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Jeffrey Koseff (Civil and Environmental Engineering). “This is a chance for research that’s already made progress to move to the next level.”

Specifically, Woods seeks to advance practices, methodologies and technologies viable for adoption by private market, public policy and individual stakeholders. These innovations should have significant potential for addressing serious environmental challenges facing people and the planet. Innovations may be novel technologies, new approaches to behavior change or some combination, such as understanding and adapting to the factors driving or impeding improved behavior and adoption of relevant technology.

Similar to Woods’ long-standing Environmental Venture Projects program, REIP will support high-risk, transformative research with the potential to produce solutions to major global environmental challenges within one or more of the Institute’s seven areas (oceans, ecosystem services and conservation, public health, freshwater, climate, food security and sustainable development).

Among other criteria, proposed projects should demonstrate:  

  • A clear strategy and pathway for moving existing research toward an implementable solution
  • The accomplishment of significant research progress to date and promising results
  • Interest on the part of external stakeholders and promise for outside financial support
  • Involvement of Stanford researchers from at least two separate disciplines.

REIP letters of intent instructions

REIP application form

For more information about the REIP program, contact Woods Program Manager Brian Sharbono.