2012 NSF Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP)


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Subject: Internal Competition for NSF Sustainability Energy Pathways (SEP)

Internal Deadline: 5 p.m., November 4, 2011

The University of Colorado has been invited by NSF to participate in the Sustainability Energy Pathways (SEP) Competition. Only 3 applications per campus are allowed. An internal competition will be conducted by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research to choose our 3 most competitive teams. Interested research teams are invited to submit their materials on-line. Paste the following into your browser and upload pdfs of the following requested materials http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_NSF_SEP/application.php:

Internal materials should include:

  • Full CV of the PI
  • Project prospectus (2-3 pages) that includes a brief summary of the project, a clear description of the grand challenges being addressed or breakthroughs being sought, and what innovative approach will be taken to address the challenge.  Also include a description of how the integration of research and education will advance the SRN mission in a way that other funding mechnanisms cannot.

The internal deadline for receipt of these materials is 5 p.m. on November 4, 2011.

Synopsis of NSF SEP Program:

A sustainable world is one in which human needs are met equitably without harm to the environment, and without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Growing evidence for the role of energy use in global change and awareness of limitations in our energy choices are motivating a search for pathways that are technologically innovative as well as environmentally and economically sustainable at all scales of energy usage. This is a grand challenge to the scientific community that cuts across disciplinary boundaries.

The creation of a secure and prosperous future for humanity depends on the contributions that science, engineering, and education will make towards building sustainable pathways to meet the energy needs of future generations. The dual roles of NSF - to support basic research and education - are ideally suited to stimulate vibrant science and engineering discovery and innovation efforts that will be needed to meet the challenge of building a sustainable energy future.

Sustainable Energy Pathways is part of the NSF-wide initiative on Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). The Sustainable Energy Pathways solicitation calls for innovative, interdisciplinary basic research in science, engineering, and education by teams of researchers for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues.

The SEP solicitation considers scalable approaches for sustainable energy conversion to useful forms, as well as its storage, transmission, distribution, and use. The following Topic Areas illustrate the broad scope of sustainable energy interest areas of this solicitation: Energy Harvesting & Conversion from Renewable Resources; Sustainable Energy Storage Solutions; Critical Elements & Materials for Sustainable Energy; Nature-Inspired Processes for Sustainable Energy Solutions; Reducing Carbon Intensity from Energy Conversion & Use; Sustainable Energy Transmission & Distribution; Energy Efficiency & Management.

Agency: NSF
Title:  Sustainability Energy Pathways (SEP)
Link:    http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11590/nsf11590.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
Deadline:  NSF Preliminary Proposal: 1 February, 2012

Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 20 (subject to the availability of funds and quality of proposals)

Anticipated Funding Amount: $34,000,000 About $34M is expected for the FY2012 competition, pending availability of funds. The award size is expected to be up to $500,000/year for up to four years per proposal. Innovative proposals of a more limited scope that still meet the SEP fundamental considerations, but requiring a lesser level of investment, are also encouraged.