ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship


Request for Proposals

The Electrochemical Society with Toyota North America
Announces the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship
for Projects in Green Energy Technology

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 31, 2015

ECS, in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), is requesting proposals from young professors and scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology.

Global development of industry and technology in the 20th century, increased production of vehicles and the growing population have resulted in massive consumption of fossil fuels. Today, the automotive industry faces three challenges regarding environmental and energy issues: (1) finding a viable alternative energy source as a replacement for oil, (2) reducing CO2 emissions and (3) preventing air pollution. Although the demand for oil alternatives—such as natural gas, electricity and hydrogen—may grow, each alternative energy source has its disadvantages. Currently, oil remains the main source of automotive fuel; however, further research and development of alternative energies may bring change.

Fellowship Objectives and Content
The purpose of the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship is to encourage young professors and scholars to pursue research in green energy technology that may promote the development of next-generation vehicles capable of utilizing alternative fuels. Electrochemical research has already informed the development and improvement of innovative batteries, electrocatalysts, photovoltaics and fuel cells. Through this fellowship, ECS and TRINA hope to see more innovative and unconventional technologies borne from electrochemical research.

The fellowship will be awarded to a minimum of one candidate annually. Winners will receive a restricted grant of no less than $50,000 to conduct the research outlined in their proposal within one year. Winners will also receive a one-year complimentary ECS membership as well as the opportunity to present and/or publish their research with ECS.

Application Guidelines
Recipient Eligibility
To qualify, a candidate must be under 40 years of age and working in North America. The candidate must submit an original research proposal for review by the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Committee. The proposed research theme must not overlap with other research grants or other funded research projects.

Proposal Requirements
The format of the proposal is open, but it must present the research target, technical approach, budget and schedule in no more than three pages. Proposals should be submitted no later than January 31, 2015. Go to for rules and nomination form.

Selection Process
Proposals will be reviewed by the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Committee, a joint body of ECS and TRINA representatives. The committee will evaluate all proposals based upon their alignment with Toyota’s current technical needs; the unique, innovative or unconventional nature of the technical approaches and the feasibility of the technology to positively impact the field of green energy.

Award Acceptance
The selected award recipient(s) will sign a grant contract with ECS and will be required to submit a midway progress report and a final written report after one year of funding. The recipient(s) will be invited semiannually to TRINA to present their research progress.

Depending on the research progress and the results obtained at the completion of the award period, Toyota may elect to enter into a research agreement with the recipient to continue the work. The recipient must publish their findings in a relevant ECS journal and/or present at an ECS meeting within 24 months of the end of the research period.


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  1. Alireza Nari

    January 7, 2015 at 3:21 am

    I want to say that do you have any plans for the scholars in the other countries?
    I’ve studied chemistry in Ms.C degree at a university of Iran.
    I’ve done some project in related to Li-Ion batteries, Li-Sulfur batteries and supercapacitors.
    What’s the opportunity to cooperation in your scientific project for researcher like us?
    Please help me,
    your Sincerely

    1. Rob Gerth

      January 7, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Great to hear from you Alireza! Our battery division has a research and a technology award. They can be found here.

      We also have meetings you can attend. The next biannual meeting is in Chicago in May. But you might be more interested in the one on July in Glasgow, Scotland. The ECS Conference on Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage with SOFC–XIV is an international conference convening in Glasgow, Scotland, July 26-31, 2015 and is devoted to all aspects of research, development, and engineering of solid oxide fuel cells, batteries, and low-temperature fuel cells, electrolyzers, and redox flow cells.

      We often have travel grants available to these meetings. It’s past the deadline for travel grants to Chicago. Scotland travel grants have not been announced yet. We’ll post it on the blog when it happens.


  2. Emily

    January 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

    The call says the budget should be no less then $50,000, can it be more? Or are you looking for a budget of $50K?


    1. Amanda Staller

      January 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Hi Emily!

      The minimum is $50,000, but there may be possibility for a larger amount. Ideal budgets will be in the range of $50k, but there is some flexibility.
      If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to our Director of Development and Membership Services, Dan Fatton via email at


  3. Amin Aziznia

    January 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Hi there,

    Thank you very much for arranging such a generous grant. I was wondering if the award is only for young Prof. or not. If someone is a research scientist in a clean tech company (private or public), can he/she still apply for the grant?

    Also, can this grant be used for salary/stipend or it has to be spend on research expenses? Is there a budget allocation guide for this grant?

    Many thanks for your time and attention.

    Best wishes, Amin

  4. hk

    January 29, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Hey, I am a PhD candidate in one of the US universities. I have a good publication record, am I eligible to apply for this grant?

  5. Amy Marschilok

    January 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Can literature references be provided in a separate page, or must they be included within the 3 page limit?

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