Grants & Awards

Excellence in Environmental Research Award (Posted 2/20/18)
The Second Annual Fundraising Dinner for the IEA Research and Education Foundation will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista, CA. During this dinner we would like to honor undergraduate and graduate college students in the Southern California Region for their Excellence in Environmental Research. We are soliciting submittals for these awards, which will be given during the dinner.
Research projects can be from any major, but must be centered around an environmental topic or issue. Students involved in the IEA Research and Education Foundation are eligible for an award. However, projects receiving funding from the Foundation will not be eligible for a monetary award. Two $500 monetary awards will be given. To submit a research project for award, please provide the following information.

Please send submittal to Joelle Burila by March 2, 2018, by either of the following:
Email: with “Excellence in Environmental Research Submittal” in the subject line.
Fax: (619) 522-9005
U.S. Mail: IEA, 1330 Orange Avenue, Suite 100, Coronado, CA 92118

People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition (Posted 1/23/18)

EPA’s P3 – People, Prosperity and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. P3 offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life. The competition has two phases. For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. They showcase their research in Spring at the National Sustainable Design Expo. Successful Phase I teams are eligible to compete for a Phase II grant of up to $75,000 to implement their design in a real world setting.

Details here.


Project Innovation Grant (Posted 1/22/18)
Is your non-profit working to create technology-based community solutions? The NBCUniversal Foundation is partnering with NBC and Telemundo owned stations to launch Project Innovation, a new grant program recognizing local non-profit organizations that are leveraging technology to solve everyday problems.

This station will be awarding $225,000 to exceptional non-profit programs that are addressing local community issues in an innovative way.


  • Igniting Civic Engagement – programs that support volunteering and community engagement, especially those leveraging the use of media and technology.
  • Skills for the Digital Economy – programs that support advanced skills development with a focus on workforce training and promoting technology focused skills opportunities.
  • STEM/STEAM Youth Programming – programs that support youth STEM and STEAM education and help advance the next generation of K-12 students with a focus on these in-demand skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

Submit an application online. Applications are open from January 12 until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

The Campus Kitchen Project (Posted 1/16/18)

Looking to bring a Campus Kitchen to your school? We have several Launch Grant Opportunities throughout the year to help make this possible!

If your school is interested in receiving one Launch Grants to help plan and start your Campus Kitchen, check out the following opportunities (details here).

  • CoBank Launch Grants

An opportunity for colleges, universities, or high schools in rural communities to win $5,000 to start a Campus Kitchen. The deadline to qualify for this competition is April 20, 2018. Click here for more information about the upcoming grant competition.

For any questions, please email Alex Peterson (

  • Sodexo Launch Grants

The deadline for this grant competition has closed. Check back for more information about the next Sodexo Launch Grant Competition in the Summer of 2018.

Read about our Fall 2017 competition here.

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger Grants

Deadline: Rolling

An opportunity for any ELCA college or university or any school with a dedicated ELCA campus ministry to win a $5,000 grant to start a Campus Kitchen.

Please visit our ELCA grant page to learn more and begin the application process.

Made possible by the Evangelical Church in America World Hunger Program.

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Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award, California Student Sustainability Coalition (posted 01/04/18)

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.


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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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.