Competitive Grants

Support for Projects Targeting New Funding from Outside Iowa:

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. Through the planning, opportunity and matching grant programs, 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 per year of the external project.

Direct Support from the Iowa Energy Center for Projects with High Impact and Statewide Value:

The Iowa Energy Center supports Iowa organizations pursuing energy research, technology and development, demonstration, deployment, education, and workforce development. For activities that do not readily fit within other Energy Center grant programs, the center is seeking proposals for work that will have high impact and statewide value. These special-project funds are aimed at any of the four areas that the Energy Center supports: innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, workforce development, and educated citizenry. Such projects would include public education or training events, conferences, and seminars with statewide reach.

The Energy Center will not fund marketing or promotional campaigns for commercial products or services, nor will it fund policy advocacy activities.

Subject to the availability of funding, the Energy Center will set aside $70,000 to commit funding for approximately 10 special-project grants to be competed on a first-come-first-served basis. Proposals for special-project grants will be considered during the period August 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. Awards shall not exceed $15,000 and will fund up to 50% of the overall project cost, including registration fees. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2016.


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.