Policy statement to broaden the base of energy research conducted
through the Energy Research Center (ERC) at the University of Kansas
The Energy Research Center was established in 1991 to promote and faciliate
energy research at KU. The primary goal is to develop enhanced energy research
programs serving state, regional, and national energy needs. The ERC has
participated in a number of successful collaborative research and technology
transfer programs in petroleum production at KU. These programs continue
to grow and have led to nearly $8 million in grants/contracts awarded through
the ERC in the past six years.
The ERC desires to enhance ongoing projects and to extend its affiliation
to other energy-related programs on campus that encompass energy supply,
both conventional and renewable, and energy consumption including efficiency
and conservation and basic energy science. We envision new opportunities
to stimulate, strengthen and promote programs, facilitate collaboration
among researchers and departments, and provide a visible link of energy
programs across campus.
A key opportunity to stimulate new energy research is through use of the
returned overhead to ERC as "seed funds." All energy-related projects
are encouraged to consider submission of proposals through the ERC. Returned
overhead will be used to generate and maintain the fund. An eleven-person
ERC campus advisory board will oversee the use of the "seed funds."
The returned overhead from funded grants submitted through the ERC originates
from an agreement with the Center for Research, Inc. (CRINC). Fifteen percent
of the overhead is returned to ERC, if the project pays full overhead. The
standard overhead is returned to the department and PI as before. Total
overhead rates remain the same as negotiated campus values.
Submission of a proposal through the ERC and CRINC results in the grant
being administered by CRINC. This arrangement has additional benefits including
assistance in preparing the budget and streamlining purchases.
Proposals submitted through ERC should include the following on the signed