Archives for August 4, 2016

Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) Program

see notice     $750,000

The Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods,instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

The Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

NSF Environmental Sustainability

see notice  $300,000

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. Thesesystems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.

There are four principal general research areas that are supported:
– Industrial Ecology: Topics of interest in Industrial Ecology include advancements in modeling such as life cycle assessment, materials flow analysis, input/output economic models, and novel metrics for measuring sustainable systems. Innovations in industrial ecology are encouraged.
– Green Engineering: Research is encouraged to advance the sustainability of manufacturing processes, green buildings, and infrastructure. Many programs in the Engineering Directorate support research in environmentally benign manufacturing or chemical processes. The Environmental Sustainability program supports research that would affect more than one chemical or manufacturing process or that takes a systems or holistic approach to green engineering for infrastructure or green buildings. Improvements in distribution and collection systems that will advance smart growth strategies and ameliorate effects of growth are research areas that are supported by Environmental Sustainability. Innovations in management of storm water, recycling and reuse of drinking water, and other green engineering techniques to support sustainability may also be fruitful areas for research.
– Ecological Engineering: Topics should focus on the engineering aspects of restoring ecological function to natural systems. Engineering research in enhancement of natural capital to foster sustainable development is encouraged.
– Earth Systems Engineering: Earth Systems Engineering considers aspects of large scale engineering research that involve mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change, and other global scale concerns.

All proposed research should be driven by engineering principles, and be presented explicitly in an environmental sustainability context. Proposals should include involvement in engineering research of at least one graduate student, as well as undergraduates. Incorporation of aspects of social, behavioral, and economic sciences is welcomed.

Proposals should address the novelty and/or potentially transformative nature of the proposed work compared to previous work in the field. Also, it is important to address why the proposed work is important in terms of engineering science, as well as to also project the potential impact on society and/or industry of success in the research. The novelty or potentially transformative nature of the research should be included, as a minimum, in the Project Summary of each proposal.

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program proposals are strongly encouraged.

Proposals for Conferences, Workshops, and Supplements

Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) are also considered when appropriate.

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) proposals that integrate fundamental research with translational results and are consistent with the application areas of interest to each program are also encouraged.

DOE Early Career Research Program

see PIVOT notice  $750,000USD

The Office of Science hereby invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and EnvironmentalResearch (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.

Program opportunities exist in the following research programs:
I. Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)
To advance applied mathematics and computer science; deliver the most advanced computational scientific applications in partnership with disciplinary science; advance computing and networking capabilities; and develop future generations of computing hardware and tools for science, in partnership with the research community, including U.S. industry.

The strategy to accomplish this has two thrusts: developing and maintaining world-class computing and network facilities for science; and advancing research in applied mathematics, computer science, and advanced networking.
(a) Applied Mathematics
(b) Computer Science
(c) Next Generation Networking for Science

II. Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
To support fundamental research and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, climatic, and environmental systems for a secure and sustainable energy future.
(a) Systems biology-enabled research on the role of microbes and microbial communities in the plant-soil-environment interactions
(b) Improved Understanding of Tropical Forest Ecosystems to Climate Change
(c) Human Component of Earth System Models

III. Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
To support fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundations for new energy technologies and to support DOE missions in energy, environment, and national security.
(a) Materials Chemistry
(b) Biomolecular Materials
(c) Synthesis and Processing Science
(d) Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
(e) Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
(f) Physical Behavior of Materials
(g) Mechanical Behavior and Radiation Effects
(h) X-ray Scattering
(i) Neutron Scattering
(j) Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopies
(k) Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences (AMOS)
(l) Gas Phase Chemical Physics (GPCP)
(m) Computation and Theoretical Chemistry 2
(n) Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science (CPIMS)
(o) Catalysis Science
(p) Separations and Analysis
(q) Heavy Element Chemistry (HEC)
(r) Geosciences Research
(s) Solar Photochemistry
(t) Photosynthetic Systems
(u) Physical Biosciences
(v) Nanoscale Science Research Centers and Electron-Beam Microcharacterization Centers Research
(w) Accelerator and Detector Research
(x) X-ray Instrumentation and Technique Development
(y) Neutron Scattering Instrumentation and Technique Development

IV. Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)
To expand the fundamental understanding of matter at very high temperatures and densities and to build the scientific foundation needed to develop a fusion energy source. This is accomplished through the study of plasma, the fourth state of matter, and how it interacts with its surroundings.
(a) Magnetic Fusion Energy Science Experimental Research
(b) Magnetic Fusion Energy Science Theory and Simulation
(c) High-Energy-Density Plasma Science
(d) General Plasma Science Experiment and Theory
(e) Fusion Nuclear Science, Materials Research and Enabling R&D Programs for Fusion

V. High Energy Physics (HEP)
To understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time.
(a) Experimental Research at the Energy Frontier in High Energy Physics
(b) Experimental Research at the Intensity Frontier in High Energy Physics
(c) Experimental Research at the Cosmic Frontier in High Energy Physics
(d) Theoretical Research in High Energy Physics
(e) Accelerator Science and Technology Research & Development in High Energy Physics
(f) Detector Research and Development in High Energy Physics

VI. Nuclear Physics (NP)
To discover, explore, and understand all forms of nuclear matter. Although the fundamental particles that compose nuclear matter – quarks and gluons – are themselves relatively well understood, exactly how they interact and combine to form the different types of matter observed in the universe today and during its evolution remains largely unknown.
(a) Medium Energy Nuclear Physics
(b) Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics
(c) Low Energy Nuclear Physics
(d) Nuclear Theory
(e) Nuclear Data and Nuclear Theory Computing
(f) Accelerator Research and Development for Current and Future Nuclear Physics Facilities
(g) Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications

DOE will accept new applications under this FOA.

DOE: Next Generation Technology in Development, Real Estate Wrap

Top News: Next Generation Technology in Development, Real Estate Wrap

SunShot announces two new sets of awards that will drive the next-generation of CSP and PV technologies. But with so many panels already on homes across the country, we have compiled a wealth of information for those who have questions about solar and real estate. Not to be left behind, solar technology makes it to the 2016 Olympics, but not how you may think. If you know how, maybe you’ve got what it takes work at SunShot. Read these stories and more in this edition of our newsletter.

New SunShot Awards to Improve CSP Technology

SunShot recently announced $9 million for six awards to improve solar collectors, the most expensive component of a concentrating solar power (CSP). The Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (COLLECTS) program will improve the design and manufacture of lower-cost solar collectors, which could in turn reduce the overall cost of a CSP power plant. Learn more.

The COLLECTS funding program drives innovation in solar collectors, the most expensive parts of a CSP plant.

Small Awards Aim for Big Impact

SunShot also announced $2 million for 10 small-scale, single-year research and development projects designed to push the limits of photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Projects under the Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) funding program have the potential to advance the state of the art in PV technology and manufacturability, and will support progress toward reducing costs beyond SunShot’s 2020 goals. Each project is designed to allow researchers to test a concept and, if successful, develop data to support further research. Learn more.

Wrapping Up Solar Real Estate Week

Solar energy is playing an increasingly important role in residential real estate, which is why SunShot dedicated a week in July to highlighting some of the most important issues for homeowners and real estate professionals alike. Both parties need to understand how solar impacts home values, how to find solar homes, and what the future holds for solar energy systems. See all the content developed by SunShot, including a number of blog posts, an infographic and several new resources.

Solar at Work in 2016 Olympics

Ever wonder how the Olympic torch is lit for the summer and winter games? Fun fact: it’s done using the same technology utilized by concentrating solar power (CSP). A parabolic mirror focuses the sun’s rays onto the torch, where the focused heat warms the torch to its burning point. The same idea is at work behind many CSP power plants – in some systems, parabolic dish mirrors direct and concentrate sunlight onto a central engine that produces electricity, and in other systems, hundreds of heliostats reflect sunlight onto a power tower where a heat transfer fluid creates thermal energy that can be stored for later use or immediately sent to power a turbine and generate electricity. Learn more about CSP technology.

Featured Resource

Solar Transaction Disclosure Forms

In an effort to protect consumers, the Solar Energy Industries Association created standard transaction disclosure forms. Learn more.

Follow the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office on LinkedIn

Are you on LinkedIn? So are we! Check out EERE’s LinkedIn page to see more news from the SunShot Initiative, as well as other news about efforts to develop and deliver market-driven solutions for sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing. Visit EERE on LinkedIn.

Work at the SunShot Initiative

The SunShot Initiative has job openings for a deputy director and multiple technology managers. The deputy director position assists with overall management, formulation, and execution of policies and programs within SunShot. The deputy will work in partnership with the U.S. solar industry, academia, and national labs to advance the technology, market, and policy needs to create and maintain a robust industry for the development of solar energy technology. Apply by August 15. In addition to the deputy director position, there are multiple positions available for technology managers, who are responsible for managing funding opportunity announcements, including developing strategies, planning workshops, and collaborating with contracting officers. Positions are available for different levels of experience. Apply for the GS-13 position or the GS-14 position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until December 30.

Solar Events for Professionals

Webinar – Resilient Solar Retrofits: Adding Storage to Existing PV and Making New Installations Storage Ready
August 4 | 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
This webinar will provide an overview of a new solar storage resource, guidance on retrofitting existing solar with energy storage, and information on reducing future integration costs by making new PV installations “storage ready.” Register.

Webinar – Solar Installed: The People and the Process enabling Market Acceptance and Installations
August 30 | 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
This webinar will help you understand the role codes and standards play in the delivery of solar goods and services, including how solar products ultimately get accepted in the marketplace. Register.

Solar Power International
September 12-15 | Las Vegas, NV
Solar Power International brings together all cross-sections of the solar industry for four days of innovation and collaboration. Register.

SunShot in the News

Solar Picture of the Week

Brief rain showers can help to clean solar panels, but the best part might be the rainbow that follows. Photo courtesy: Michael Dorausch. Download the photo here

2016 C.I.E.S. Transportation Infrastructure Conference


Date: Friday, November 19, 2016

Location: Havener Center, Missouri S&T

  • Please let Dr. Khayat know if you are interested in presenting
    and/or have a suggestion for keynote speakers.

More details to follow.  Please mark your calendars. tc