NSF-Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP)
To: Chairs, Departments in the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences
From: Heather Daniels, Graduate School
Date: October 3, 2011
Subject: NSF-Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP)
Nominations are due at the Graduate School on Monday, October 17, 2011; Deadline for internal competition is Monday, November 14, 2011.
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.
Fifteen to twenty SEPs will be awarded. Proposals may be up to $500,000 per year for up to 4 years.
The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit is limited to three.
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.
Internal Competition Application Instructions:
Notice of intent: Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "NSF SEP" by Monday, October 17, 2011 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:
--name and full contact information for the PI and Co-PIs (need to have at least 3 investigators as PIs and Co-PIs)
--SEP Topic Area(s)
Applications for internal review: Send your pdf application for internal competition to email@example.com with subject line "NSF SEP " by Monday, November 14, 2011. Your application for the internal competition should include the following information:
--Names of PIs and Co-PIs
--Title of proposal
--Brief Project Summary (no more than 3-5 pages). This summary should outline the how the proposal will be guided by the three considerations mentioned in the Program Description of the Program Solicitation (Scientific Knowledge & Technological Innovation; Environmental, Societal and Economic Imperatives; and Education and Workforce Development). It should also include information on the vision, interdisciplinary integration, and collaboration of the team. Lastly, please include information on the potential transformative nature of the proposal.
For the projects selected, a complete pre-proposal must be submitted using FastLane or Grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or Grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. Proposals are due by Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 5 pm CST.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Heather Daniels (608) 263-7274 or Petra Schroeder (608) 265-4868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org