Prairie Research Institute

Funding Opportunities


Strategic Research Initiative (SRI)-Prairie Research Institute (PRI) Joint Sustainability Engineering Program

The Grainger College of Engineering SRI program provides funding for faculty teams to move forward with multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary, convergence research leading to large-scale, multi-investigator centers and institutes. These centers and institutes will continue Illinois’ world-renowned research that historically impacts engineering, science, and society.

Joint funding and support from Grainger Engineering and PRI for this Joint SRI will promote cross-institution collaboration among researchers to help PIs and Co-PIs embark on larger-scale efforts, resulting in substantial federal, industrial, or other external support.

Funding: $75,000
Award Duration: Phase I – 1 year
Open Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023    
Due Date: Sunday, December 3rd, 2023
Program Contact: Don Takehara, Grainger Engineering Director for Research (

Center for Advanced Climate Solutions
Joint Climate Solutions Research Program

The goal of this request for proposals is to spark new interdisciplinary collaborations across campus departments and institutes by providing seed funding for innovative and cross-cutting climate solutions. These initiatives will be focused on enabling advances in climate solutions, creating opportunities for students and postdoctoral researchers to combine fundamental research with real-world problems, and developing partnerships and pathways to implementation. Projects are expected to address climate solutions in at least one of four CACS priority areas:

  1. Preparing for and responding to climate hazards
  2. Climate resilience in urban and peri-urban environments
  3. Climate change and OneHealth (human health aspect)
  4. Decarbonizing the economy

Sustainability Engineering Joint Research Program

This request for proposals aims to develop a shared research environment connecting PRI and The Grainger College of Engineering researchers by providing necessary funding for these teams to work collaboratively to find innovative solutions for important societal challenges. These initiatives will focus on enabling advances in science and engineering, creating opportunities for students and postdoctoral researchers to combine active research with solving real-world problems and developing partnerships and pathways to implementation. 

Funding amount: $100,000 (5–6 awards)
Award Duration: 2 years
Open Date: Cohort 2 round will be opened 10/24
Due Date: CLOSED
Program Contact: Brian Pianfetti, PRI Associate Director of Research (