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Natural Gas Initiative is a cross-campus effort of the Precourt Institute for Energy.


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Natural gas research at Stanford spans business, engineering, science, legal, and other social science disciplines. The Natural Gas Initiative serves as the Stanford’s center for natural gas and the Stanford’s research portfolio across campus. Research is funded by the members and supporters of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative, as well as by a range of contracts, grants, and gifts made directly to Stanford researchers, centers, and departments.

The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative organizes its research portfolio into seven focus areas that house the bulk of our current work and organizational capability. There is a tremendous amount of overlap and synergy in the work and people involved in each focus area. For example, policy aspects of many of these focus areas draw from the same economists, policy experts, and legal scholars as our “Global Markets and Governance” focus area. Each focus area integrates the applicable science, engineering, business, and policy aspects of the program.

Research Focus Areas

Methane Conversion to Liquid Fuels and Chemicals

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Seed Fund Projects

In addition to the research focus areas, the Natural Gas Initiative operates a seed grant program to encourage new work on natural gas by Stanford researchers and strategic funding to support important work within our focus areas.

Seed fund projects