The Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) announces funding opportunities for research, scholarship, and working groups related to energy, environment and sustainability as broadly defined.  The grants seek to provide new opportunities for research and scholarly activities at Wake Forest. Though the center was formed with core groups in Renewable Energy Research, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and Policy, Enterprise, and Markets, we support all areas of scholarship, and actively encourage new groups of scholars—faculty and students—dedicated to addressing problems related to the center’s mission of building a community dedicated to effecting meaningful change in the areas energy, environment, and sustainability.

What We Fund: Seed Grants, Research Opportunities, and Research Support. CEES is funding seed grants in multiple areas: (1) competitive seed grants for research, (2) competitive seed grants for research engagement or re-engagement in interdisciplinary research related to energy, environment and sustainability, (3) funds for half-day or full day meetings centered on developing or finishing proposals for external funding (see overview below).

Funding Levels: $1000-$3000 (Target, other amounts entertained)

How to Apply: Applications should take the form of a 2-3 page concept note that clearly identifies the question to be addressed and its relevance to energy, environment, and/or sustainability.  Please include a brief budget and timeline.

Deadlines: Concept notes are due by 5pm Friday, November 2, 2012.

Overview of Support:

1. Research Grants for Wake Forest scholars to address questions that result in tangible outcomes in energy, environment, or sustainability.  Preference is given to multidisciplinary groups or activities.

2. Engagement and Re-engagement Grants are designed to integrate junior faculty into existing research teams and opportunities related to energy, environment, and sustainability, or provide opportunities for senior faculty to participate in multidisciplinary research related to CEES’s focus.  The first two years of grant-making activities will pay particular attention to integrating the humanities, social sciences, divinity, law, business, and medicine into the community of scholars addressing environmental issues.

3. Get Away Fund. There is no substitute for dedicated groups of scholars convening to work on proposals in isolation from normal daily activities and focus entirely on grant writing.  The get-away fund supports full and half-day grant writing workshops for multidisciplinary groups submitting proposals.

For more information on the funding opportunities, please contact Tiffany White [whitetn at; 758-CEES (758-2337)].