Our researchers explore critical issues and address challenges that have regional, national, and global implications.
About Our Research Grants
Our 2023 Call for Grants is Open!
Each year, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy awards grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support new research or supplement existing research in energy and climate policy.
This year, we are seeking requests for proposals from University of Pennsylvania faculty, postdocs, and doctoral students for research projects in the areas of energy and climate policy that can leverage Penn research and support the advancement of our mission. Preference will be given to research on the following topics:
- Carbon Capture
- U.S. Protectionism
- Electricity Markets
- Energy Poverty
- Electric Vehicles
- Climate Co-Benefits of Biology-First Agriculture
- Nuclear Energy
- Investor Activism
Grant money may be used from May 1, 2023 through June 2024. At the end of the grant period or upon completion of the research, the grantee will prepare a short policy digest (3,000 words maximum) based on grant-supported research. The digest format allows grantees to consider and connect their research to policy outcomes.
All policy digests must adhere to our review process and guidelines. Final digests will be published in HTML and PDF formats. All peer-reviewed publications resulting from this research must include a Kleinman Center acknowledgement. We will link to these publications from our site.
Please note, while policy digests may cover the same topic and findings as a future related journal article, they should be written for a different audience and should not be submitted to the Kleinman Center with the intention of republishing.
To apply, applicants must develop a two-page proposal that includes:
- Problem Statement and Impact
- Proposed Work and Method
- Requested Funds
- Policy Digest Suggested Title
- Identification of Target Readers (i.e. legislators, senate committee, government, or international agency, etc.)
Note: Ph.D. students must also include a note of support from their supervisor.
Applications should be sent to Lucy Corlett (email@example.com) by Friday, April 28, 2023.
Our grant program is open to Penn faculty, postdocs, and Ph.D. students and researchers in the areas of energy and climate policy. Energy science and energy technology development projects are not eligible.
For questions about the research grants program, please email Angela Pachon.
Awarded Research Projects
|Sort by Title||Research Areas||Sort by Year||Researchers||Keywords|
|Privately Owned Battery Storage: Reshaping the Utility Business Case||Emerging Tech, Markets & Regulation||2022-2023||Christian Kaps||Storage|
|The Impact of Engineered Carbon Removal on Environmental Justice Initiatives||Access & Equity, Emerging Tech||2021-2022||Maxwell Pisciotta||Carbon Capture|
|Power Issue of Scenario Journal||Access & Equity, Electricity, Emerging Tech||2018-2019||Nicholas Pevzner, Stephanie Carlisle||Politics|
|Humidity Responsive, Water Harvesting and Self-Cooling Building Envelopes||Emerging Tech, Cities & Buildings, Electricity||2016-2017||Shu Yang||Water|
|A Research Agenda for Tribology||Emerging Tech, Electricity||2014-2015||Robert Carpick, Andy Jackson||Energy Efficiency|