The Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) grant program currently focuses on funding research at the following schools: University of California at Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. Only applications from these institutions will be considered. Please note that the Bosch Energy Research Network Grant Program is intended to sponsor faculty and students at universities. As such, no funding can be provided to staff at institutions other than universities (e.g., national laboratories). This restriction does not apply to any matching funds provided by a university.
The grant duration is two years with a maximum amount per year of $150,000
. Based on project performance and the availability of funding, an awarded project may be extended by one year, for a total funding duration of up to three years.
The grant program focuses on transformative energy technology including, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Energy conversion, e.g., solar, wind, combustion, thermo-electric
- Energy storage for transportation and electric utilities, e.g., lithium ion batteries, metal air batteries, flow batteries
- Energy usage efficiency, e.g., microgrids, cooling systems
Grant applications will be reviewed and the program managed by scientists and engineers at the Bosch Research and Technology Center (RTC), North America. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and with offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Cambridge, MA, the Center counts approximately 100 staff, covering a spectrum of research topics ranging from user interaction, software, advanced circuits and wireless systems, to energy technologies. In the energy field in particular, RTC has experts in battery materials and cells, solar cells, combustion technologies, thermal technologies, and other areas. RTC has already fostered a number of strong university collaborations, and its staff are active members of the global scientific community.