Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Climate Change Solutions
The Aggie Climate action for Equity (ACE): Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Climate Change Solutions grant is an initiative to spur UC Davis-based translational research, pilots, and commercialization aligned with California’s Climate Action Priorities. In collaboration with an established cadre of on- and off-campus stakeholders and InnovationAccess, Venture Catalyst will leverage existing infrastructure and form new partnerships to yield a climate innovation pathway that accelerates the translation of nascent technologies into applied projects aimed at addressing the effects of climate change.
Individuals and companies with a UC Davis affiliation (current faculty, staff, & students who can partner with a PI) are eligible to apply.
What is ACE?
The UC Davis Office of Research’s Venture Catalyst group was recently awarded a $1M grant. It is funded via the CA State Legislature AB 179 and administered by the UC Office of the President. University of California’s Climate Action Innovation & Entrepreneurship grant program’s goal is to amplify the number and quality of translational and proof-of-concept pilot projects emerging from the University of CA. Funds are dedicated for the purpose of nurturing technologies, policy interventions, and behavioral innovations that can play a meaningful role in climate change mitigation, resilience, and adaptation, with a specific attention to end-user engagement and a focus on positively impacting communities most vulnerable to the effects climate change.
The program seeks technologies and other behavior- or policy- based innovations that can be readily deployed in a pilot or proof-of-concept study that could lead to further scale-up within 2-5 years. Applicants must address one or more of the following categories in their project:
Mitigation is an action or set of actions to reduce or capture emissions of greenhouse gases.
Adaptation is an action or set of actions that reduce physical climate risk.
Resilience describes a state of readiness to face climate risks.
Grant Information for Potential Applicants and Partners:
The RFP (Request for Proposals) will be released in December 2023. Applications can be sent through the Office of Research’s InfoReady grant application platform (Kerberos login required).
Awardees will be announced in March 2024 with funding to be released.
The grant year runs from March 2024 – March 2025
More information about applying will be released shortly. Please check this website periodically for updates.