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ICARES Call for Research Proposals 2015

Posted Date: 1/28/2015 4:57 PM

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Subject: I-CARES Call for Research Proposals

International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy & Sustainability (ICARES)

Call for Research Proposals

At Washington University, I-CARES encourages and coordinates university-wide and external collaborative research in the areas of energy, environment and sustainability. A key goal of I-CARES is to foster institutional, regional and international research activities on the development and production of different forms of energy and the exploration of sustainable environmental systems and practices.

At the institutional level, from basic science to the business of the greening of our planet, all faculty from all departments and schools are invited to work in partnership with I-CARES to address the immense energy, environment and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

As part of its mission, this year I-CARES will award seed funding for innovative and collaborative research projects to tenured and tenure-track faculty at Washington University. In this round, we are soliciting proposals in the general areas of renewable energy, climate change and sustainability. Individual proposals may be in the ranges of $5,000 to $50,000, depending on the scopes and the objectives. Collaborations with researchers outside Washington University are encouraged. However, only our institutional components of such projects are eligible for funding through this initiative. We encourage participation of undergraduate students at Washington University. Support of $1,000 per student, (up to two students in any single project), will be favorably considered. Disciplinary diversity and representation from various schools will be considered when final decisions are made, since the goal is to broaden participation in the fields of energy, environment, and sustainability.

In 2013, I-CARES launched a new signature initiative, the Washington University Climate Change Initiative (WUCCI), under the leadership of Peter Raven. The mission of WUCCI is to expand scientific research, education, and public understanding of global climate change. The initiative hosted its second workshop in September, 2014 on the intersection of climate change and agriculture. To encourage collaborative proposals in this area, in 2015 we intend to fund at least one project focusing on Climate Change and Plant Sciences.

Imaginative and innovative research proposals are sought under the following general guidelines.

Example Research Activities:
1. Energy Efficiency
2. Solar Energy Processes and Photoactive Materials
3. Carbon Neutral Energy Production and Processing
4. Metabolic Engineering, Bioprocessing
5. Ecosystems and Earth Systems Science
6. Sustainable Development and Urban Design, Sustainable Architectural Design
7. Social, economic, and political dimensions of energy and environment

We will also be receptive to other investigator-initiated ideas.

Preference will be given to projects that are collaborative, multidisciplinary, and show clear plans to identify future funding sources and new opportunities. Each applicant may submit only one application as Principal Investigator.

LETTER OF INTENT DUE DATE: Friday, February 13, 2015
Letter of intent (limited to one page) should include project title, Principal Investigator (one name) and contact information, and a brief paragraph describing the research topic. Letters of intent will not affect funding decisions and are not pre-proposals; rather, they will be used to assist us in selecting the review committee. All Letters of Intent must be sent to: ICARES@wustl.edu

FULL PROPOSAL DUE DATE: Friday, March 13, 2015
Proposals should be emailed to I-CARES no later than 5PM on Friday, March 13, 2015.
All proposals must be sent as a single PDF to: ICARES@wustl.edu

Application Receipt Notice: After your e-mail is sent, you will receive an e-mail response confirming receipt. It is extremely important that you watch for this e-mail. If you do not receive it, contact Chad Henry at chenry@wustl.edu.



For full Proposal Preparation Instructions please see the attached announcement.



This information was authored by Catherine Determan  

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