Our Approach to Research

Creating solutions to energy problems in service of society requires collaboration. Creativity. The willingness to take risks. The Irving Institute promotes advanced, interdisciplinary research that frames problems — and solutions — in a practical way.

Through faculty seed grant funding, we support research into out-of-the-box questions. Our grants seek to break through traditional research silos to enable projects with a fresh take or unexpected angle on energy challenges. Recent seed grants have supported projects as diverse as an investigation of energy harvesting for "internet of things" applications, to analysis of the role of energy in rural health, to a study of the relationship of energy systems and the well-being of indigenous Americans. 

The Institute offers mini-grants to help students complete research projects, as well. Our mini-grants have helped Dartmouth students attend conferences as well as participate in off-campus research and experiential learning projects in places like Alaska and England. 

We also help facilitate and support energy and society research projects on campus, in the region, and beyond. For example, the Institute is currently helping support a multi-year collaboration between Dartmouth research teams and the Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) to improve energy services, delivery, storage, and mobility for military bases in the Arctic. The Irving Instittute is also helping to support field work in Thayer Professor Mary Albert's NSF-funded research project in Qaanaaq, Greenland. 

Explore the links in this section to learn more about the energy and society research that the Irving Institute is helping make possible at Dartmouth and beyond.