Grants and Funding Announcements

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The Institute on the Environment’s fellowships and grants provide support for people and projects across the University of Minnesota system. For the latest information on current and upcoming funding opportunities, please sign up for announcements here or contact us at

Mini Grants

Institute on the Environment Mini Grants are designed to support and spark collaborative projects addressing environmental and sustainability issues across the University of Minnesota five-campus system, Extension, and outreach centers. These grants of up to $3,000 may be used for a range of research, leadership, education, storytelling, and outreach activities. (Visit here to see previous winners). Proposals that advance new collaborations — across disciplines and ways of knowing, among partners and people — are highly encouraged.

The Fall 2020 call for proposals will be released on 09/28/2020 with a deadline for submissions of 10/26/2020 (midnight; late applications will not be accepted). If you have not previously, you may register an account on our application platform: Apply. You may review the RFP below; please note that during extended work-from-home campus operations that IonE facilities will not be available for use. You may also be interested in previewing the questions/fields on the application, reviewing the evaluation rubric, and reading the terms and conditions.

If you are interested in being an IonE Mini Grant reviewer, please email

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant

The Institute on the Environment’s mission is to lead the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together. To further that mission, we acknowledge the role social inequality has played in perpetuating disproportionate environmental outcomes and have established a recurring annual fund to accelerate 3-6 projects that help people and the environment prosper together more equitably and justly.

The DEI funding opportunity is currently closed.

Sponsored Projects

IonE has worked with Faculty and Staff members from units and colleges that span the entire University of Minnesota system. Our strength is rooted in our collaborations across campuses.

Do you have a sponsored project that you’d like to partner with IonE on? We can help you get it done – from beginning to end. We have coordinated sponsored projects with everyone from large governmental agencies (UDSA, NSF, NIH, etc.) to local non-profit agencies, and everyone in between. We specialize in finding creative ways to do unique and collaborative projects.

For further information please contact us at

Institute Fellowships

The IonE Affiliates Program provides funds for scholars to engage in innovative research and problem solving and pursue leadership training. IonE fellowships are open to faculty on all University of Minnesota campuses.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

See more about applying for an IDF through IonE here.