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There are many government agencies and private foundations providing grants and technical assistance to renewable energy research, including:
U.S.Department of Energy (DOE) - Work For Others (WFO) program - This DOE-sponsored program provides technical assistance to activities that are not associated with the U.S.. federal government. This work activity includes participating in joint or cooperative research, developmental, or experimental projects.
U.S.Department of Energy(DOE) - Funds a large number of environmental research each year.
United States Department of Agriculture - Funds a wide variety of agriculture and environmental research.
U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Funds a great variety of environmental research.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Administers a variety of natural resource assistance grants to governmental, public and private organizations, groups and foreign entities.
National Science Foundation - The Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster supports engineering research with the goal of reducing adverse effects of solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges into land, fresh and ocean waters, and air that result from human activity and impair the value of those resources in the context of ecological tenets. This cluster focuses on research on innovative biological, chemical, and physical processes used alone or as components of engineered systems to restore the usefulness of polluted land, water, and air resources.
National Institute of Environmental Health - Supports both investigator-initiated and solicited research related to environmental health.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant Programs - Provide funding on a competitive basis to projects that sustain, restore and enhance the Nations fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.
Water Environment Research Foundation - This independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and storm water issues manages nearly 400 research projects.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - The foundations Conservation and Environment Program supports leading institutions, innovative research, and training of promising doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation - The Environmental Programs Climate Change Initiative provides funding to accelerate the deployment and development of clean-energy technologies and identify ways to adapt to climate change.
Rockefeller Foundation - One of the focuses is building resilience to environmental degradation and climate change - developing plans and products to protect those with the fewest means from an imperiled environment and warming global climate.
Shell Foundation - Since its launch in 2000, the foundation has invested in many sustainable solutions to poverty and environment-related challenges.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation - Funds a variety of science and conservation projects.