External Funding Opportunities

The Urban Clean Energy Prize 

Calling all clean energy startups! Tumml is looking for entrepreneurs to apply for the Urban Clean Energy Prize – a three-month program where Tumml will support startups with clean energy solutions for our cities. The program will run fromSeptember 19 – December 16, 2016, and the selected startups will each receive: 

  • A $15K grant 
  • Hands-on consulting services and mentorship from the Tumml team and Mentorship Board to help you pilot (or expand) your product/ service within a municipality 
  • Free office space in downtown San Francisco through the duration of the program (if desired).  
We are interested in startups advancing renewable resource adoption and efficiency in urban areas – water, solar, wind, green building materials, etc. Renewable resources are critical to the future of our cities, helping us to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our power and transportation sectors; achieve better health outcomes because of lowered air, water, and land pollution; encourage responsible relationships with natural resources; and support community energy resilience.   

Click here to apply! And feel free to reach out to us at info@tumml.org if you have any questions. 

About Tumml 
Tumml is a nonprofit with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs to solve urban problems.  Tumml works with urban-focused entrepreneurs to address some of our most pressing city challenges, such as transportation and water conservation. With a hands-on approach, Tumml provides entrepreneurs with the tools and funding to help scale their impact and enhance the quality of life in cities. Entrepreneurs work with the Tumml team and Mentorship Board (successful urban innovators like the Lyft CTO, Yelp Director of Sales Training, etc.) to launch their pilots and grow their businesses. During the last three years, Tumml has supported 33 startups, which have gone on to touch the lives of 2.2 million people, create hundreds of community jobs, and leverage Tumml capital 53X.


Visiting Faculty Fellowships

Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Carnegie Mellon University

The Scott Institute (http://www.cmu.edu/energy/) seeks to support extended visits to Carnegie Mellon by persons engaged in activities relevant to energy.  The visitor may be from any employment sector (e.g. government, industry, and academia) at any academic rank or staff level, from any discipline and can visit any department or school at Carnegie Mellon.  An extended visit is expected to last for a period of one semester to a full year.  The Institute will provide up to $50,000 in salary support and up to $10,000 to support research and other non-salary expenses.  Expectations are that visitors would interact with a broad range of CMU faculty through research, education or other scholarly activities related to energy.

Prospective visitors can be nominated by colleagues at Carnegie Mellon at any time during the year, but nominations should be received 6 – 12 months prior to the intended start of the visit.

Nomination package:

  • A one page proposal including the visitor’s name, proposed duration of visit, CMU faculty or departments with whom the visitor would be most closely associated, and a brief description of expected activities.

  • Visitor’s CV

  • Nomination letter from a CMU faculty member.


            Please submit the package to:

  Program Manager

                        Carnegie Mellon University

                        Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

                        Scott Hall, 5th Floor

                        5000 Forbes Avenue

                        Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Students: Submit A Proposal for Up To $5,000

Successful Student-led Proposals May Lead to $50,000 in Grant Funds

Students across the University of Michigan are invited to propose an action-oriented project beyond the campus focusing on wide-ranging sustainability issues such as energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, and other areas. 

Past projects supported by the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability have helped communities around the world with safe drinking water, energy conservation, and transportation. 

Interdisciplinary teams, with students from at least three different schools/colleges at UM-Ann Arbor will be awarded up to $5,000 to pursue a collaborative project at the local, national, or global level. 

Successful teams will clearly articulate a new and innovative concept, and describe compelling and practical efforts for societal benefits and sustainability impact beyond the U-M campus.

2016 Proposal Requirements and Request 


  • Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition: 
  • May 26, 2016, 12:00 PM
  • NOTE: Proposals will be accepted until 15 viable proposals have been awarded

Submit Online

Contact: Anne Wallin apwallin@umich.edu / 734.763.6131

Learn More: Although these small “seed” grants provide up to $5,000, successful projects could lead up to $50,000 for full implementation. Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Competition Projects Dow Sustainability Fellows Program Dow Global Impact Series