Grants & Awards

San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network, Cleantech San Diego (Posted 11/09/17)

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network is a free program for startups that are developing solutions to help California meet its energy goals. The program provides access to the resources and facilities of a number of regional partner organizations (listed below) and connections with industry in order to accelerate the commercialization of emerging energy technologies.

Accepted companies receive access to: Industry Connections; Research and Testing Facilities; Pilot Project Opportunities; Regulatory and Policy Guidance; Market Intelligence; Mentoring; Workshops/Training; Marketing Support; Capital Providers; IP and Export Assistance; and more.

Eligible companies must: 

  • Have a registered business office in California and presence in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, or San Bernardino county
  • Have a breakthrough electric energy technology that ultimately delivers benefits to California ratepayers

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply here.

TWS SoCal Travel Grant, Southern California Chapter of The Wildlife Society (posted 10/30/17)

The Southern California Chapter of The Wildlife Society is now accepting applications for our Travel Award Program for students and new professionals to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of The Western Section of The Wildlife Society in Santa Rosa, CA. Applicants can apply for up to $1000 in travel funding.

Deadline: November 22, 2017

Application and details can be found here.


My Last Trash Grant, University of California (posted10/09/17)


Our goal is get everyone on campus to ask themselves: Could my next piece of trash be #MyLastTrash?

To do that, we need to get people thinking about waste and what they can do every day to help UC reach its goal of zero waste by 2020. We want to engage UC campus communities with fun activities and events. We want you to share stories, experiences and lessons learned. The mini-grant fund, supported by UC vendors and the Global Food Initiative, is designed to support grassroots campaigns on your campus. For the concept and the delivery, we’re relying on the creativity and passion from you.

Here are two example of what has been done so far at UC campuses:

  • Students at UC Santa Barbara made #MyLastTrash a Snapchat filter for move out
  • UCSC brought Artist Benjamin Von Wong to campus to speak at an event during Earth Week

What else can you do?

Events, trainings, talks, art installations, competitions, tabling for pledges, research projects, data collection and analysis, social media drives…

We want you to be creative, so, as long as the idea speaks to waste reduction, follows University policy and standards, and uses the #MyLastTrash campaign tagline or visual elements, it can be considered for funding.

Deadline: November 11, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PDT 

Click here to learn more about the award and apply.

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Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarships, UC San Diego (posted 9/20/17)

The UC San Diego Strategic Planning process has identified four research themes to focus on as we build the student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university of the future. These themes are:

  • Understanding and Protecting the Planet
  • Enriching Human Life and Society
  • Exploring the Basis of Human Knowledge, Learning and Creativity
  • Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society

To support these research priorities and continue the university’s investment in access and affordability for all students interested in an exceptional educational experience, in 2015 UC San Diego launched a pilot program known as the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP). After three years of the successful pilot, the now-permanent funding opportunity will be known as the Chancellor’s Research Innovation Scholarships (CRES). Like FISP, this program will build the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to address society’s greatest challenges and forge new intellectual enterprises, which increasingly rely on the ability to work across diverse disciplines, either individually or as members of multidisciplinary teams.

Deadline: October 12, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PDT

Find additional information here.

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Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award, California Student Sustainability Coalition (posted 9/20/17)

The California Student Sustainability Coalition and the Linesch Family are pleased to announce the first annual Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award. Nico died in January 2017 just as he was finding himself professionally at the intersection between data informed urban planning and public health. He loved to engage communities for a safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable future, especially in marginalized areas of Los Angeles, the city where he was raised and which he loved.

The Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award will provide $4,000 stipends for students who design interdisciplinary internships in agencies whose budgets limit their capacity to offer compensation.

Click here to learn more about the award and apply.

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Triton Innovation Challenge, Rady School of Management (posted 9/20/17)

The Triton Innovation Challenge, now in its sixth year, is a business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego. Supported through the generosity of The William and Kathryn Scripps Family Foundation Inc., the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Jacobs School of Engineering.

The competition awards cash prizes totaling $11,000 to support new and innovative ideas that relate to the environment (comes from, inspired by, or directly impacts nature.) Social innovation ideas and those with or without a prototype are encouraged to apply. All participants are also eligible to compete for up to $300,000 in investment funding from the Rady Venture Fund and Triton Technology Fund. Anyone (students, faculty and staff) affiliated with UC San Diego is invited to apply by October 16, 2017. Find the application here.