Walter and Lalita Janke Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund

Request for 2024 Pre-Proposals

The Walter & Lalita Janke Foundation Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund, through the FAU Center for Environmental Studies, is pleased to announce its seventh annual request for research proposals that will enhance existing energy technologies and support the early development of promising new energy concepts and applications. Proposed projects should improve the efficiency, viability, and reliability of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, through enhanced implementation, production, storage and/or distribution, and associated public perceptions, policies, and marketing. Submissions are welcome from any discipline or combination of disciplines, including the sciences, engineering, the social sciences, business, and arts/humanities.

The purpose of the fund is to provide support and training for graduate students, researchers, and faculty. The funding is intended to enable proposing individual or multidisciplinary collaborations to engage in proof-of-concept designs, preliminary studies, infrastructure building, and/or other research activities that will set the foundation for follow-on competitive grant applications, and to generate high‐quality, publishable scientific papers.


All FAU Faculty members (tenure track and non-tenure) are welcome to apply. Graduate students are invited to participate.

Allowable Expenses

Proposals shall have a $50,000 maximum budget. All expenditures should directly benefit the research project. Salaries, equipment and supplies, travel to present research findings, and publication charges would be expected expenses in this fund. All expenditures need to follow FAU expenditure policies. No indirect required.

Review Process

The review process will be coordinated through FAU-CES, with the assistance of outside experts, leaders and FAU faculty members, as determined by the technical content of the submissions received.


Pre-proposal deadline midnight on Thursday, February 29, 2024

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Please contact Dr. Colin Polsky at for more information.                                                   

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