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.