SEAL Awards Announces 2017 Environmental Research Grants

SEAL Awards

The state of research in the US is in crisis. Not because of a lack of talent, but because of the significant lack of funding.

The SEAL Awards (representing Sustainability, Environmental Achievement and Leadership Awards) has awarded grants to researchers from 7 world class institutions as part of its Environmental Research Grants initiative.

The 2017 SEAL Research Grants will support research across a broad range of subjects, including forest carbon offsets, carbon capture through salt marshes, corporate greenhouse gases, the politics of environmental policy, and the public health impacts of climate change. The selection process prioritized research with broad promising impact, high potential for influencing environmental public policy, and strong clarity of purpose.

The grant recipients are as follows:

  • John Armstrong – UC Santa Cruz
  • Laura Brown – UCLA
  • Lauren Gifford – University of Colorado Boulder
  • Ramon Lorenzo Luis Guinto – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Sara Hameed – Marine Conservation Institute
  • Seonghoon Kim – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sarah Parrish Bergquist – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Corey Poland – University of Wisconsin-Madison


“We are honored to support such talented researchers,” said Matt Harney, founder of the SEAL Awards. “Solving our long-term environmental challenges requires academic research funding today. The monetary requirements of supporting research are incredibly modest compared to the societal impact. Any business with a ‘corporate social responsibility’ initiative should follow the SEAL Awards and commit resources to enabling critical environmental research to continue.”    

In order to maximize the visibility of the grant program among environmental researchers, the SEAL Awards partnered with Instrumentl, a Y Combinator backed grant funding and application platform, to manage the application process.

“The state of research in the US is in crisis. Not because of a lack of talent, but because of the significant lack of funding,” said Gauri Manglik, CEO of Instrumentl. “The SEAL Awards understands the crucial role R&D plays in our economy and our world and has set a great example of the powerful role…

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