Energy Research Development Grants
No New Solicitations
2005 marked the 10th anniversary that the KU Energy Research Center has offered funds to KU staff or faculty through the Energy Research Development Fund. Funded projects are listed separately (http://www.kgs.ku.edu/ERC/awards.html). A call for proposals is usually offered by KU ERC early in each calendar year. Funds can be used to develop and expand energy-related research and technology transfer activities in:
Normal funding levels average $7k. Historical funding levels range between $2-$12k. Faculty summer salary has not been funded in the past. Reviewers will entertain matching funds and other cost-share arrangements. Goal is to leverage ERC funds obtained through returned overhead to stimulate new research activities and develop innovative ideas so as to strengthen proposals for external funding. (See Policy statement)
In 2006, ERC reached a total of 35 projects have been funded by seed funds totaling $220,133. Also, over $3 million has been awarded by external funding sources in support of projects that were originally established through the use of ERC seed funds. This represents a leveraging of seed funds by 14x. Over $21 million in 60 successful grants and contracts have been submitted through the ERC since its inception in 1991.
A diverse portfolio of 25 active externally-funded projects involves 11 in fossil energy and 14 in alternative energy, including fuels cells and carbon sequestration.
Types of Proposals Supported:
How to Apply for Funds:
Ingredients for a successful proposal: Problem clearly stated, creative and innovative approach, expressed goal to develop externally-funded project, clearly stipulated how funds will be used.
Who Should Apply for Funding: KU staff or faculty conducting energy-related research anticipating that future energy-related proposals will be submitted through the KU ERC by designating KU ERC as administrative unit in your cover page. (Submittal of proposals through ERC will increase monies for additional development funds, but does not affect returned overhead to department or principal investigator.)
Where to Submit Applications: Please submit electronic copy as e-mail with attachments to:
Funding Decision: Determined by subcommittee of ERC Campus Advisory Board and external reviewers, as needed. Information on previous funding at ERC http://www.kgs.ku.edu/ERC/awards.html
Last Modified August 2006