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

Sabin Center 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, the Sabin Center is accepting seed 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 Sabin Center 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 the Sabin Center’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 curricula. Preference is given to students, K-12 educators, and minorities or non-traditional teacher-scholars.
  • Meeting/Travel: Provides full and half-day grant-writing workshops for multidisciplinary groups, including faculty from Wake Forest or outside researchers, to gather outside of their normal routines and focus entirely on submitting proposals. Facilities where workshops are held include Graylyn International Conference Center and Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

In Fall 2023 we will begin accepting applications on September 22nd, and applications will remain open until October 16th. There is additional information on the funding application. We value your time–the application process is not long or difficult. Click here for the application for funding.

For more information on the funding opportunities the Sabin Center provides, please contact us at

The Sabin Center welcomes student participation in our research. Student researchers already play an integral role in many of our current projects.  In addition to contributing to ground-breaking discoveries, these students have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, academics of the highest caliber.

If you are a Wake Forest student seeking an opportunity to gain real-life experience at the leading edge of fields related to energy and environment, browse our research pages to find a project that fits your skills and interests. Contact researchers who work in an area that interests you.  They may be able to incorporate you into their projects or they may recommend that you reach out to one of their colleagues. The Sabin Center also invites students and faculty whose research relates to energy, environment, and sustainability to apply for our mini grant funding.