SEAL Awards Announces Launch of 2018 Environmental Research Grants

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Addressing our long-term environmental challenges requires academic research funding today


The SEAL Awards has announced the opening of its 2018 Environmental Research Grant program.

“Addressing our long-term environmental challenges requires academic research funding today,” said Matt Harney, Founder of the SEAL Awards. “Funding environmental research is a foundational element of our organization. As such, we are contributing 100% of the proceeds raised by our 2017 business sustainability awards to this initiative. We hope to add extra value by focusing our grants on early career environmental researchers who are particularly underfunded.”

In 2017 SEAL awarded grants to 8 researchers 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. Institutions represented included Harvard, Marine Conservation Institute, MIT, and UCLA.

In order to maximize the visibility of the grant program among environmental researchers, the SEAL Awards has again partnered with Instrumentl, the leading grant funding and application platform, to manage the application process.

Applications can be made through the following link:

SEAL’s funding of research complements its environmental awards programs: (1) Business Sustainability Awards, (2) Environmental Journalism Awards and (3) Lifetime Achievement Award.


The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards launched in 2017 and is an awards-driven environmental advocacy organization. Our core beliefs maintain that environmental progress requires leadership, leadership deserves recognition, and recognition is a form of accountability.

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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