Competitive Grants

The Iowa Energy Center has three competitive grant programs to help Iowa organizations be more successful in attracting external funding that supports projects related to energy research, development, demonstration, deployment, education, and workforce development. In this way, the Energy Center expects to leverage its resources to have a more significant impact on the environmental, social, and economic well-being of Iowans.

When Iowa organizations give thought to external funding opportunities being offered by industry, government agencies, non-government organizations, international agencies, or other sponsors, the Iowa Energy Center can assist in three ways. First, our planning grants will provide funding for activities specifically aimed at bringing potential partners together to strategize, plan, or execute a response to a known or likely external funding opportunity. Those activities could include travel to gather prospective team members or to meet with sponsors; focused strategy, planning, and proposal-writing workshops; and workshop facilitation.

Second, our opportunity grants will support near-term projects, such as proof-of-concept tests, early experimentation, economic viability analyses, preliminary studies, and comprehensive literature surveys necessary to strengthen Iowa proposals to external funding agencies.

Finally, our matching grants will assist eligible institutions in meeting matching or cost-sharing requirements for external funding opportunities. Under this program, the Energy Center will commit up to 20 percent in matching funds against the total external money expected to come to Iowa, with a maximum award of $200,000.


The Iowa Energy Center is no longer accepting proposals for the following grant programs:

  • Research and Demonstration Grants
  • Conferences and Events Grants
  • Technology Demonstration and Education Grants

For questions or additional information, please email Patty Prouty or call our Ames office at 515-294-8819.

Forms and Other Resources

Grant and Research Library
To access current and past grant recipients and reports, please visit our grant and research library . For any other questions regarding our competitive grant program, please contact the Energy Center.