Targeted towards early-stage biomimicry startups and pre-startups, the Launchpad offers entrepreneurship and biomimicry training, mentorship, networking, exposure to strategic partners, and opportunities to showcase breakthrough innovations to the media and the public. Each year, Launchpad teams are eligible to compete for the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
We’re looking for start-up or pre-commercial teams with a nature-inspired product, service, or technology that contributes to the social or environmental good. We are particularly interested in solutions that address any aspect of climate change adaptation or mitigation, or carbon sequestration, in any sector of the economy.
The Biomimicry Launchpad is an accelerator program that supports early-stage entrepreneurs working to bring biomimicry innovations to market. Previously, this opportunity was invite-only, but you can now apply directly to join this program.
We’re looking for a new kind of entrepreneur – one whose early-stage bio-inspired idea helps create a more resilient future, who is motivated to contribute to the greater social and environmental good, and who is energized to join a cohort of fellow biomimics with big ideas and the determination to see them through.
The Launchpad offers:
- In-person Biomimicry and Business bootcamp
- Hands-on entrepreneurship training (webinars and guest speakers)
- Mentoring and access to subject matter experts
- Pro bono legal advice
- Access to free design software
- Opportunity to compete for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize® and additional prizes.
The application deadline is: June 1, 2018.
Seven $4,000 UC Scholarships – Global Food and Carbon Neutrality Initiatives (Posted 5/7/2018)
- Global Food Initiative – Three students will be selected for the Research Fellowship. One student will be selected for the Student Ambassador Fellowship – which includes an additional $500 for program funding.
- Carbon Neutrality Initiative – Two students will be selected for the Research Fellowship. One student will be selected for the Student Engagement Fellowship – which includes an additional $1,000 for program funding.
Due Date is Monday, May 21, 2018. No faculty recommendation letter is required. Awards pay in 2018-2019.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Becky Obayashi – Financial Aid/Scholarships (858) 534-1067 firstname.lastname@example.org
#MyLastTrash Grants (Posted 3/7/18)
We are accepting applications for our second round of #MyLastTrash mini-grant applications. #MyLastTrash is a communications campaign to raise awareness and support of UC’s zero waste goal by funding projects that engage the broader campus community to achieve physical outcomes that align with CNI, zero waste, GFI, and Healthy Campus Network goals. The focus of the campaign this time around will be on the intersections between waste and climate change. $3000 grants are available for teams involving students AND staff or faculty. More information is available on the MLT website.
The grant application can be found here.
Applications are due by 11:59PM on March 19th
Excellence in Environmental Research Award (Posted 2/20/18)
Please send submittal to Joelle Burila by March 2, 2018, by either of the following:
Email: email@example.com 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger Grants
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.
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.
*DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 16TH*
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.
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.
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.