In honor of environmental leader Mel Lane, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment invites Stanford University students to submit proposals for student-driven-and-managed environmental projects that make a measurable impact on an issue through action or applied academic research. Grants typically range from $500 to $3,000. This program does not fund thesis research or other academic requirements. The 2015-16 deadline is February 23, 2016.

Proposed projects should:

  1. Focus on environmental sustainability within one or more of the following areas of focus: climate, ecosystem services and conservation, food security, freshwater, oceans, public health and sustainable development.

  2. Involve a team of Stanford undergraduate and/or graduate students.

  3. Provide an educational experience for students actively involved in the project and the broader Stanford community.

  4. Define a communications plan and deliverables for the education and outreach component of the project. For example, please explain how you will share the information learned or impacts made to a broader Stanford community (e.g. speaking engagements, whitepapers, blog postings, class modules).


Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length, describe The Problem, Project's Objective(s), Activities and Expected Results and be sure to include the following elements:

  1. Project title and concise executive summary of the project.

  2. Name of student group(s) or partner organizations.

  3. List of lead student(s) and project team members, their programs/majors and e-mail addresses. Note the project lead responsible for submitting materials and a final report to Woods.

  4. What is the overall motivating environmental problem for the project? Why is it important?

  5. What are your objectives for a successful project?

  6. Audience for the project. Describe the approximate size of the community you hope to engage and your strategy for engagement.

  7. Description of the activities and implementation plan to achieve the objectives.

  8. Measurable outcomes of the project. For example, what impact will your efforts have on people, places or policy? What skills and knowledge will participants gain? How many educators will use the course materials?

  9. Detailed budget that also includes any cost-share arrangements and plans for raising additional funds.


Final deliverables are due no later than May 11, 2016 and should include:

  1. Final summary report (1-3 pages) describing the problem, objectives, activities, and the outcomes or results achieved.

  2. Revised budget that provides accounting of actual funds spent.

  3. Pictures showing your project in action (high resolution if possible).

Submission closed on February 23, 2016.