New UTSA seed funding program to support multidisciplinary energy research

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(April 26, 2011)--The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research and the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute announce the launch of the Energy Research Grant program, a new seed grant program to fund multidisciplinary energy research.

Up to $100,000 in grants will be awarded through the program, which challenges faculty to develop novel approaches to technology insertion, policy formation and community interactions for the purpose of reducing energy costs, improving systems reliability and assuring responsible environmental stewardship.

>> Learn more about the new seed grant program at the UTSA Research website.

The application process will proceed in two phases. Phase I requires a presentation of no more than 10 minutes including background related to the problem addressed, research/practical challenges, research approach, anticipated outcome and budget.

Research teams that pass Phase I must submit a full proposal in Phase II of the application process. The proposals, due by 4 p.m., Monday, July 25, must include:

  • Completed application
  • Detailed budget for the UTSA private investigator and budget justification
  • Separate budget and statement of work for each outside collaborator
  • Five-page maximum narrative, excluding citations
  • CVs for lead and co-PIs

Proposals will be evaluated according to their potential and significance, alignment with the institute's priorities, innovation, approach, clarity for non-specialized audiences, collaboration environment and potential for outside funding.

Final funding decisions will be announced in August 2011.

To learn more about the UTSA Energy Research Grant program, visit the UTSA Research website or contact Jim Massaro at 210-458-6691.