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Call for Proposals: PEI Climate and Energy Grand Challenge

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:45pm

PEI is accepting faculty proposals for two-year projects of up to $150,000 for the Climate and Energy Grand Challenge through Jan. 12, 2018. Proposals should be submitted using the online application form, and questions can be directed to Funded projects will be announced in early February.

Part of PEI's Grand Challenges program, the Climate and Energy Challenge confronts climate change and other environmental impacts of the energy system with projects that address the management of fossil-fuel carbon, the expansion of non-fossil energy sources and the reduction of energy demand through technology and social change. Proposals should be no more than four pages and should include:

  • A project abstract or summary statement not exceeding 200 words;
  • A description of the research element, including how the proposed project relates to the climate-and-energy theme, and how the research might contribute to possible solutions;
  • A narrative that describes the significance of the research in the context of competing research in relevant disciplines, research objectives and milestones, as well as (where applicable) how the seed money will be leveraged to draw larger sponsored research grants;
  • A description of teaching and mentoring elements that the faculty members will create, such as specific internships and/or opportunities for independent study and courses that will be developed or significantly modified;
  • A project budget, which may include — but are not limited to — expenses related to course development, intensive undergraduate mentoring, research materials and supplies, travel, and support of research assistants and visiting collaborators; and
  • A list of current and pending support for all PIs and/or senior personnel that clearly indicates how the proposed effort is distinct from earlier or ongoing funding to the investigators involved. 

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Allow faculty and senior research staff to move into new areas of research and/or to produce collaborations involving two or more faculty from different academic disciplines, especially projects that connect research in the natural sciences with scholarship in social sciences and humanities disciplines;
  • Have potential to leverage seed money to attract larger external grants;
  • Provide experiential immersion experiences for undergraduate students, including opportunities for multi-year sequences of assignments beginning as early as the summer following the freshman year and culminating in robust independent senior-year work that leads to publishable research; and
  • Contribute to the development of new courses or the modification of existing courses to enhance the undergraduate curriculum in the area of climate and energy.
Posted by: 
Morgan Kelly