Iowa Energy Center - Grants for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research

July 01, 2010


The Iowa Energy Center provides grants for energy research on topics that have strong relevance to Iowa. Funding is available to Iowa’s colleges and universities, Iowa-based private non-profit organizations, and Iowa-based foundations. Private sector research partnerships are encouraged. However, grants are not available for private use or capital projects. Research grants are awarded in two broad categories: renewable energy and energy efficiency. Request for pre-proposals are typically issued annually in July. Specific projects are selected for further review via full proposals. Grants are provided for projects demonstrating highest value and relevance to current Iowa-specific energy-research needs. In September 2009 the Center released an RFP for Research and Demonstration with a pre-proposal deadline of October 23, 2009 and a full proposal deadline of December 11, 2009. There is also an RFP for Conferences and Small Demonstrations accepting applications on a continuous basis through June 30, 2010. Further details on past solicitations are available in the RFP documents contained on the program website. Past grants have supported research in biofuels, wind-resource assessment, photovoltaic (PV) research, biomass gasification, energy-efficient livestock-confinement ventilation, process-manufacturing efficiency, and commercial building HVAC control.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Iowa
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Iowa State University
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Landfill Gas
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
  • Wind (Small)
Incentive Amount: Varies
Maximum Incentive: Based on available funds


Name: Iowa Code § 266.39C
Date Enacted: 1990


Name: Keith Kutz
Organization: Iowa State University
Address: 2521 Elwood Drive, Suite 124
Ames IA 50010-8229
Phone: (515) 294-8819

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.