The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability provides funding opportunities for research, scholarship, and working groups related to energy, environment and sustainability as broadly defined.

CEES mini 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. These include, but are not limited to: (1) seed grants for scholarly activity or research, (2) competitive seed grants for interdisciplinary research/scholarship 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 below). Note that funding levels are between $1,000 and $4,000 (other amounts are entertained).

To support teacher-scholars working in the area of sustainability, and to facilitate collaboration and future grant funding, CEES established mini grants in the following areas:

  • Research and Scholarship: Enables collaborative groups of Wake Forest researchers and scholars to address questions that result in tangible outcomes in energy, environment, or sustainability.  These grants are awarded to multidisciplinary research groups or activities.
  • Engagement: Designed for CEES affiliates who seek to shift their scholarly activities toward subjects that address sustainability, providing opportunities for scholarship enhancement by participating in multidisciplinary research related to CEES’s mission.
  • Collaborative: Supports faculty and students seeking opportunities with existing funded research, with a goal to develop partnerships with K-12 schools and improve of curricula. Preference is given to students, K-12 educators, and minorities or non-traditional teacher-scholars.

We value your time–the application process is not long or difficult. Click here for the application for funding.

Applications will be reviewed beginning on Sunday, April 22, 2017.

For more information on the funding opportunities CEES provides, please contact Kim Couch at or (336) 758-2337.