Fellowships & Grants

The Institute on the Environment’s fellowships and grants provide support for people and projects across the University of Minnesota system. For more information, please contact Lewis Gilbert, IonE chief operating officer.

Renewable Development Fund (RDF) Grants

The Institute on the Environment is pleased to inform University of Minnesota faculty and researchers that it has been awarded a block grant of $3 million (spread over the course of three years) from the Renewable Development Fund.

Following legislative amendments in 2012 concerning the RDF program, this block grant was awarded under the Higher Education component of the RDF fourth funding cycle and is intended to support the following aims:

  1. to increase the market penetration within the state of renewable electric energy resources at reasonable costs
  2. to promote the start-up, expansion and attraction of renewable electric energy projects and companies within the state
  3. to stimulate research and development within the state into renewable electric energy technologies
  4. to develop near-commercial and demonstration scale renewable electric projects or near-commercial and demonstration scale electric infrastructure delivery projects if those delivery projects enhance the delivery of renewable electric energy.

Toward this end, IonE invites the University community to submit proposals for research related to the generation of renewable electricity for the state of Minnesota. Proposals should cover new initiatives and innovations in sustainable renewable electricity. IonE seeks to encourage submission of groundbreaking projects or those that are poised to enter new exploratory phases. Projects must show a path to ongoing funding from external sources following the conclusion of RDF funding.

For more information, please download the Request for Proposals.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

IonE hosts Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDF) for graduate students whose dissertation work spans disciplinary boundaries. These fellowships are sponsored by the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

If you are a graduate student interested in applying through IonE for an IDF, please contact Lewis Gilbert and April Snyder. In your email, please advise who your IonE Resident Fellow faculty or affiliate supporter will be. After confirmation of endorsement from your supporter, we will make our determination.

Institute Fellowships

This program provides flexible funds for scholars to engage in innovative research and problem solving and pursue leadership training. Institute fellowships are open to faculty on all University of Minnesota campuses.

Project Grants

IonE Project Grants (formerly known as Discovery Grants) help highly innovative, world-class research activities get off the ground with a one-time investment of venture capital funding. We look for projects that will make a transformative difference in interdisciplinary research and discovery.

Mini Grants

IonE Mini Grants help spur new collaborations by providing small amounts of funding (up to $3,000), administrative and logistical support (including organizing and staffing meetings) and space (for meetings, small conferences, new courses, reading groups, etc.) to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff and students from across the University of Minnesota system. The grants are meant to encourage collaboration across disciplines, units and campuses. The application deadline has passed for Fall Academic Year 2016 Mini Grants. Please check back in Summer 2016 for information on future opportunities.