Stanford University has awarded $7.6 million (£5.1m) for research on advanced energy technologies.
Six research teams will share the fund to seek innovative solutions to climate change in industrialised and developing countries.
The money will support the development of solar technologies, lightweight materials for vehicles and techniques to generate biofuels from Carbon Dioxide and minerals.
It is part of the university’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) which has awarded $117 million (£79.5m) so far since 2012.
GCEP Director Sally Benson said: “The four Stanford projects funded this cycle could have a significant impact on the future development of solar energy, clean fuels and the automotive industry. We have also funded two special projects outside of Stanford that could lead to the wide-scale deployment of solar and biofuel technologies in developing countries around the world.”